Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders. Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,873 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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"Don't let the dull look fool you, this is an indepth political simulator allowing you to run a country, or ruin it. You will probably be assassinated."
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October 27

Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Released!

We are happy to announce that our new expansion pack for Democracy 3: Clones & Drones is now on sale!

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Democracy 3: Clones & Drones

What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future? Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of privacy? Should we give the go-ahead to human cloning? will climate change cause problems for our country? Are we going to run out of rare earth metals? or oil...? The people look to YOU for leadership in these turbulent times. Can you keep the country happy and prosperous as we head to the 2020s and beyond?

Clones & Drones adds new dilemmas, policies, events and simulation values to the ultimate political strategy game. Available now for PC/Mac/Linux.

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Reviews

“Apparently somewhere between the genuine bona fide electrified six-car monorail, the prostitutes and the land mines, I lost the support of the electorate.”
PC Gamer

“I returned to Democracy 3 in an attempt to put right the wrongs of my previous administration. On my first visit, I broke Britain, crushing its culture and creating a country reminiscent of Clockwork Orange, filled with gangs and ultraviolence.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Positech has made, I believe, one of the fullest real-world governance simulation games ever conceived. It’s engaging, it’s self-aware, and, at times, it’s funnier than anyone might have expected”
Indie Statik

About This Game

Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders.

Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...Have you got the answers to the problems that face western industrialized nations? Here is your chance to find out...

An entire virtual country

Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modeled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created.

Unique user interface

Despite being vastly detailed under-the-hood, Democracy 3 has a unique user interface that makes visualizing the connections between laws, policies, voters and situations easy. A simple iconic-based view of your countries issues allows you to 'drill-down' through all the relationships between policies and voters to quickly analyze the impacts of your decisions. Your trade policy may affect GDP, which will affect unemployment, which will effect poverty, and thus crime, leading to a change in tourism, which affects GDP...

Complex simulated voters

Each individual voter is a mixture of a subset of the 21 different voter groups represented within the game. They might be a young, wealthy, liberal socialist commuter, or a retired conservative religious capitalist, for example. Not only this, but the extent to which they identify each of those groups is both variable, and can be affected by your policies in the long term. Convert your country to religion, or atheism, to capitalism, or socialism by careful and nuanced adjustment of your policies and laws over time. A 'focus group' feature lets you look at individual voters and see exactly how they came to a decision to vote for you (or not!).

Read the reviews!

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/09/18/democracy-3-hands-on-losing-elections-with-land-mines-in-a-complex-politics-sim/
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/10/07/greatest-britain-democracy-3-hands-on/
http://indiestatik.com/2013/10/09/kill-your-starry-eyed-romanticism-in-real-time-with-democracy-3/
http://www.jumptogamer.com/reviews/democracy-3-review/
http://www.kernelmag.com/reviews/game-review/6167/democracy-3/
http://fronttowardsgamer.com/2013/10/28/democracy-3-review-pc/
http://tiger-gaming.org/democracy-3/
http://www.bagofgames.com/2013/10/democracy-3-review/
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/games/pc/Democracy-3-Review-393388.shtml
http://www.n4gtv.com/threads/democracy-3-review.592/
... and lots more...

Mod Support

Democracy 3 is very configurable and trivial to mod. It also has steam workshop support, for easy installation and browsing of modded content. Want to mod the game yourself? no problem, you need zero coding experience, just a spreadsheet program or a text editor, and we have a full comprehensive modding guide available here:
http://www.positech.co.uk/democracy3/modding.html
Modders can easily edit the policies, add new ones, change the way objects affect others, create entirely new countries, situations and even re-write the entire economic and political model. Everything is editable and accessible.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Everytime I manage to give everyone free healthcare and education while simultaneously running a surplus I get assassinated by capitalists. Best America simulator out there.

11/10
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
After a close call I entered office of the U.S of A. with my party, The Sixth Division. I immeidiately raised the army and police forces arming all officers. My ministers and liberals resented me for this and so I replaced them all with hand picked fools to run my government. At this time my popularity was low. I then made the death penalty common for small crimes and made sure all police officers were armed with submachine guns. I then saw that a group called the Black Power Group were starting to hate me and so I passed a race discrimination act making sure rascism is illegal. I then made joining the army mandatory and increased the borders and spy networks to the maximum. After surviving five assasination attempts from the socialist party thanks to my secret spy network, the "Hapstepo" a group of black extremists broke into my office with machine guns killing me and everyone in my party and on my board. Very, fun. 10/10 Great game!
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50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Accidently turned the UK into a techno-athiest-communist paradise.

11/10
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
+ Incredible amount of depth
+ Sound bites are enjoyable, and not so prevalent that you become annoyed
+ UI, while at first daunting, allows for tons of functionality; the minimalist design is crisp and visually pleasing

- Tutorial was a bit lacking, and might turn some people away
- The occasional large decisions that must be made at the end of the turn do not display possible effects; it's not made clear what kind of impact your decisions will have
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
First impressions aren't great - this game has so much depth that the interface can be very confusing. The tutorial helps... a bit, but the best trick is to play your first game on 50% difficulty. After that, you will understand the mechanics of the game better and can dive in with gusto again and again. And you'll want to do just that. After all, everyone knows that politicians are self-serving idiots and that we could do a better job armed with nothing more than common sense, don't we? You can build a fairer country or guarantee jobs for all. Rapidly though you find that running a country is more like weaving and pulling one thread taut will cause something else unravel unexpectedly. The game balance is great, nothing feels random, just complex. With numerous countries to run, each with their own problems and opportunities, plus workshop expansions, this game just keeps on giving. All the depth of the best of the SimCity game, without the unecessary graphical frippery.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Take over a country. Run it straight into the ground. Rinse and repeat.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Tried to be communist dictator of Russia!

Second term got assassinated by Liberals.

Tried to be fascist dictator of America!

Two years in i got assassinated by Liberals.

Tried to be liberal prime minister of England!

Got Assassinated for being too extreme.............

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Great game.
Positives it is a complecated aspect, but shown in an easy way,
Fun and Easily understood.
this game is a little to easy, you can easly dplay and win this game, i can ocasonly strugle to lose this game, because capitalists LIKE EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD HATE.
7/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Repetitive guess-what-the-devs-want-politics-to-be-like game.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Proof that anyone can be a better president than Obama.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I really enjoy this game. its easy to play and there are alot of different ways to play it, its a game i constantly come back to time and time again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
really fun game. you gotta be willing to read a lot though to get the full expierence. i don't know much about goverment, but now it's safe to say i do...sorta. overall it's a great strategy game if you don't mind reading a lot of flavor text 7.8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I bought this game whilst it was on sale not too long ago and ive already clocked 31+ hrs on it! If you've ever wondered if you would be a good leader of the country then this is the game for you!! (most of the time the answer is no)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's a pretty good game which genre is basically Round-Based-Strategy. You come into position to lead a whole country, with all its interest groups, problems and virtues. With policy- and budget-changes that take effect on already existent problems (and maybe create new ones) or situations you keep your country running.

There is much Workshop-Content out there that makes the game more diverse and significantly harder (and sometimes better). I always try to minimize my debts and to make the people happy but you can do otherwise if you decide to. All in all the game offers many possibilities which all want to be found and tried out and due to its easy to mod interface you are even able to make the game better for yourself and the others. :) I like it!

If you buy it you HAVE TO check out the Workshop-Content on Steam, trust me some people invest much time in improving the game experience :) Special thanks to them too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
As a fan of strategy and simulation games, this was quite fun for me. The systems are complex (which you'll see the moment you look at how things are all connected) but after an hour or so the whole thing becomes extremely gameable. Easily-gamed systems means an easy game, once you figure out how to do so. But the fun isn't in the freeform games, it's in the various scenarios you're given (for example rescuing a country from economic devastation, familiar?)

I bought this during a past Steam sale for a song, along with the DLC that was available at the time. There is a lot of crap in my library from bundles and sales. This purchase is not one I regret. In fact had it been a full price purchase I still think it would have been worth it, and that's fairly high praise nowadays.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Democracy 3 is not so much a game as a series of graphs that explain why everyone hates you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
An unusual game, due to its focus on the 'Political' genre, one that not many would touch, with, frankly, poor execution.
You start off as the leader of a country, with an all-new political party (though I may not be a political expert, I'm sure that you'd need favour of the voters, prior to becoming their leader) that nobody supports, but enough people voted for. You start the game, by choosing your country, your party's name, your opposition's name, term lengths, term limits, natural disasters (via some form of wizardry), compulsary voting, monarchy (on/off - not the greatest thing to remove as you enter office), difficulty, political apathy, and innate [Socialism/Liberalism]. A lot of choices, before starting the game; leading you to believe that this game is quite complicated and difficult to grasp.

With my political ineptitude, I didn't think that I'd last for more than 1 term; I was wrong. This game doesn't seem to understand the necessary balance between you being right and being wrong; The electorate doesn't have any, apparent, political preference. For me to put this, truly, into words, I'll have to walk you through how I set out my career.

I decided to go for the United kingdom - a highly Christian nation - and call myself 'The Atheist Party', being an avid atheist. I then decided that, in this highly Christian nation, that I would do everything, in my power, to eradicate religion. This has, since, gone down well, and this has had no effect on my popularity with the electorate. In the same year, I was, also, able to take poverty, crime, tobacco, tax fraud away and half the national debt. This shows just how broken this game can be, when you know nothing about politics. I'm now 12 hours into the game and have 100% of the votes, every term, have never been targeted for assassination, don't seem to be losing favour with anybody I haven't already annoyed , irreparably, and the national reserve is only going up. I've had to download countless mods, to simply elongate the life-span of this game, alas, it has lost its brief charm and, with it, my favour.

Of course, during my time playing it, I had a lot of fun, playing it. But this goes quite quickly and, unless you are a devout politician, you may not have a great deal of fun with it, once you have fulfilled your desired goals. If you are, like me, looking for a good strategy game, then, may I suggest anything, but this.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
better than i thought it would be. worth the buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Very good polictical sim, if your into politics that is. Highly recommeneded
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The series of games build on a great idea, for anyone interested in the idea of political simulators. However, while Democracy 3 is clearly a polished game the central premise is executed poorly.

Essentially, your sum level of interaction with your populace is clicking on a screen full of buttons and adjusting some sliders. There are some fairly basic rules and the game throws the odd curve ball but I'm afraid it all became a bit stale and predictable after playing for an hour.

Credit to the creators, I didn't hit any obvious bugs, it never crashes, it's reliable... but it just lacks any real depth. It's uninstalled now and to be frank I can't see that I'm likely to sum up the enthusiasm to put it back on again. Largley disappointing.
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