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...
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Mostly Positive (76 reviews) - 72% of the 76 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (4,211 reviews) - 77% of the 4,211 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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June 25

Minor balance update to 1.282

Version 1.282
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1. Fix for electioneering spin events bug.
2. Increased chance of Telecoms Meltdown event.
3. Increased chance of School Shooting event.
4. Increased chance of Church Attacked event.
5. Increased chance of Disastrous Crop event.
6. Increased inputs to Aerospace Contract Won event.
7. Increased inputs to Tech Firm Closure event.
8. Increased chance of Overseas Famine event.
9. Added input to Celebrity Kidnapped event.
10. Adjusted inputs to Market Meltdown event.
11. Reduced inputs to Superhero event.

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June 20

Minor Balance tweak

Version 1.281
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1. Balance changes to the following events: Mad Cow Disease, Car Company Shuts Plant,Highway Collapses, Spy Scandal, Telecom's Meltdown, Train Crash, Disease Cured, School Shooting, Church Attacked, Prison Riot, Pension Fund Scandal, Natural Disaster, Flagship Company Leaves, Disastrous Crop, Age Concern protest, Aerospace Boom, Oil Tanker Sunk, Tech Firm Closure, Credit Crunch, Overseas Famine, Poverty Report, Celebrity Kidnapped.

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
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Parakletos
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is so slanted towards socialism, it's not even funny. I played as a socialist empire, and unlocked achievement after achievement, receiving accolades from everyone.

As a libertarian, I'm assassinated every time.
Unreal.
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Killerpit20
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
as german guy i picket Germany

- no religious education in the school
- invested in education -> every 1-2 rounds one Nobelpreis
- high productivity
- nearly no poverty
- no criminals
- invested into BND (BND = german NSA) but just lv over 9000

edit: the liberals tried to kill me atleast 10 times and bless the BND i am still the ruler of Germany

got 95 % of the votes

education is the key to victory
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Doom Cameron
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
10/10 Brexit Simulator 2016
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itwillbefuntheysaid
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Ruled USA over 15 years with an iron fist.
Assasinated by Conservatives.
10/10 would legalize prostitution again.
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Fattimus76
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
At this time, I can not recommend this game. The only way I would recommend this game is if you happen to enjoy analyzing statistics in your spare time. The user interface basically consists of information compiled by category. Unless you have a good idea of what you hope to accomplish in office and can combine that with the scenario presented at the time of your election, you'll be lost. On a side note, there isn't much information on how to play the game. The documentation provided acts as a glossary for the terms used, but does nothing to point you in the direction of actual gameplay.


3 out of 10
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BetterThanFerguson
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Democracy 3 is a game where time will only be killed, as such, for as long as you can be bothered to sit through, effectively the same two screens over and over. Although what am I to say, i've spent 8 hours of my life playing it when they could've been playing Football Manager. Democracy 3 is a game of simple "point 'n' click" action with a few sliders and economic control but each action can have dire consequences when you throw in a little bit of terrorism and disease. A very easy game to learn, a very hard game to master. 7/10 - Billy Toms
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TerminatorX
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It worked twice stopped working afterward.

I got this ♥♥♥♥ In my error log.
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - First run crash detected, switching to windowed mod automagically
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - D3DERR_DEVICELOST
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - CreateDevice
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - D3DERR_DEVICELOST
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - CreateDevice failed again
24/6/2016 - 22::27 - Failed to initialise 3D Engine:src\app_game.cpp 254

Never worked afterward.
So I refunded it!

My 10.19 Dollers was not worth it.
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Pathfinder19381
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Bought 5 minutes ago...running fx8350/r9 380/16gb
load application...click play......read a few tutorial pages....click arrow to start...fatal error....rince repeat x4....uninstalled
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8K Jarrett
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Democracy 3 will probably be best suited for people who really like simulation strategy games. The only thing to keep in mind is that other turn based strategy games like this, lets say the Civilazation series for example, it's easier to have your attention kept by a various obvious AI playing against you, and some sort of world you're surrounded in. While each game of Democracy 3 is not the same every time, the only thing you need to worry about is if the graphs and charts are going in your favor, which some people can potentially find unsatisfactory.

Can't speak about the DLC because I haven't bought them yet.

If you're not sure if analyzing different charts and stuff is going to be fun for you then definitely wait for a sale to knock the game to sub 10 dollars. Otherwise the price seems ok for the moderate replayability it seems to have (sales are still nice though...)
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Crispy Chicken Dude
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Frank Underwood Simulator
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285 of 329 people (87%) found this review helpful
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93.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
10/10 would leave the EU again.
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180 of 204 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Balanced the U.S budget
Gave more money to schools
Reached minimal unemployment
cut taxes for the middle class
Decreased military funding
Got America to go green
Assinated by the Capitalists

12/10 Would fix a country just to get shot again
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127 of 150 people (85%) found this review helpful
131 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I turned france into the USSR (complete with media censorship,secret courts, presumptive torture and almost zero percent capitalists and religious) and got re-elected.
10/10 would violate human rights again
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115 of 140 people (82%) found this review helpful
114 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
> Legalized all drugs
> Gets assasinated by LIberals

11/10
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63 of 82 people (77%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
>be me
>decide to play game as Canada
>initiate my policies
>fast foward two terms
>unemployment almost a thing of the past
>no environmental problems whatsoever
>congratulated for following Kyoto agreements to solve global warming
>Canada is the healthiest it has ever been
>press "next turn"
>I've been assassinated
>a mercenary hired by a secret capitalist network has quicksoped me with a high tech sniper rifle
>10/10 would be Bernie Sanders only to be killed by the uber rich again
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
7/10. While enjoyable there are several big drawbacks:

- The game has a big bias toward some things. Apparently in Liberal-Capitalist country no-one minds 50% flat taxes, heavy regulation etc.
- Many events repeat themselves and seems to be one-off
- The cabinet supporting some groups makes no sense. One minister is angry about not caring about his core group even though I have 100% support and his group has 0 members.
- One way of another you play as US. There are 2 parties and no coalitions. Evolution vs creationism is apparently an issue and England and France teaches both at the start.
- People are angry and have opinion about you based on what is rather then was you are doing. So you can start with 0% approval rating.
- Social engeneering is way too easy. It seems to be rather impossible for a country to get 0 people in some groups just in a few years.

I'm on edge but given non-discounted price I'd expect much better.
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44 of 62 people (71%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Can't quit EU.

0 UKs out of 10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
At first, I was hestating to try this game due to its super simple interface. Just a few icons and text.
(Unike Game Dev Tycon, which provide a basic graphics: your office and etc)

After few minuts trying out, I was surprised by the content contained in this game. Various policies, different groups, natural disaster, monarchy and so on. You can do a bunch of things to build the country in your own way. And at the same time, choosing different countries will also give you various scenerio. (in which i consider USA is the easist country, since it have the economic power).

After 8 hours or so, it was becoming bored to me, because there are just these policies (or maybe it's because I changed the difficulty to 40%). Then i found there are more things provided by the community. You can add more policies, countries and balance mods into this game.

However, there is a limit of policies and coutries available to be selected. And the gameplay is kinda one-dimensional. Overal i still recommand this game , despite you might be bored by these things after 20 hours.
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81 of 136 people (60%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Made the USA a Totalitarian Socialist Regime.

11/Bernie Sanders would create the U.S.S.A again.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Accidently created a 1 party system, 10/10 would slide those bars and actually address the concerns of my citizens with policies again.
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