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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Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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May 20

Update to the PC_Beta balance build (still version 1.26)

We added some more changes to the balance test build you can opt into, under 'betas' (no password).

Ok, we updated this build with some more changes today:


21. Increased inertia of effect of science funding on technology.
22. Increased inertia of effects from tech grants and tech colleges on technology.
23. Reduced effect and increased inertia of intel services on crime rate.
24. Reduced effect and increased inertia of phone tapping on crime rate.
25. Added inertia to effect from prisoner tagging to crime rate.
26. Reduced impact of youth club subsidies on crime rate.
27. Increased impact of poverty on crime rate.
28. Increased chance of armed robbery when handgun laws are low.
29. Increased chance of armed robbery when equality is low.
30. Pollution now slightly reduces tourism.
31. Increased cost of telecommuting initiative.
32. Reduced the impact of technology colleges on education.
33. Clean fuel subsidies now take longer to improve the environment.
34. Hyrbid car policy now takes longer to improve the environment.
35. Slowed down impact of hybrid car policy on car usage.
36. Hybrid car policy now boosts the income of the wealthy.
37. Lowered the triggering threshold for gridlock situation.

Once you have opted in and played some games, we really appreciate feedback on the changes. Thanks

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May 19

1.26 beta balance patch, feel free to opt-in

There are more details here:

http://positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/2016/05/19/new-beta-balance-patch-for-democracy-3/

But basically we are trying a new 'beta balance patch' for the game that introduces a whole bunch of changes to the simulation which we think makes the game better balanced, more accurate and more fun. Here are the changes:

Version 1.26
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1. Unemployment now contributes towards obesity
2. Increased impact of car usage on traffic congestion
3. Increased base likelihood of a teacher shortage.
4. Unemployment now reduces the chance of a teacher shortage.
5. University Grants now increase the chance of a teacher shortage.
6. Reduced impact of CCTV on Armed Robbery.
7. Added impact of low inequality on Armed Robbery.
8. Changed equation for GDP impact on Alcohol Consumption to be non-linear.
9. Added impact on doctors and teachers strikes from trade union membership
10. Adjusted impact of state school funding on teachers strikes.
11. Added effect of wages on Teachers & Doctors Strikes.
12. Added effects of science funding and the environment to contagious disease.
13. Arts subsidies, Bus subsidies and community policing now reduce unemployment.
14. Adjustments to triggers for various events.
15. Increased impact of refugee crisis event.
16. Effects of corporate exodus event worsened.
17. Increased impact of Unemployment on CrimeRate.
18. Impact of religion on antisocial behaviour now linked to membership, not frequency.
19. Unemployment now linked to antisocial behaviour
20. Trade union and Socialist group memberships now contribute towards general strike.

You need to opt-in to the beta (right click the games name on steam no password...) right now to see the changes.



Please note this is currently windows english version only. Let us know what you think...

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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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danisoff
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Love this game! Can get a wee bit repetitive, with the same scenarios/incidents occurring that you need to make a decision on...
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Hazelbot | HaythamYouTwit |
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Latest update was a total screw up to deal with. I had to manually remove the game and every file of it from my pc, followed by a clean install.Wasn't the best way to get bakc into a game.
And while the update added a lot of great stuff, its ridiculous how the game is so difficult to balance. You can't do anything police-wise without totally annoying liberal voters, and you can't impliment any taxes without totally annoying conservatives. That's not exactly how the real world works, considering how taxes are these days.

Would be nice if there was more balance added to how the voter groups react to policies.

Still not recommending this game fully, which is a shame because I want to enjoy it more. :/
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Autumn
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Cool game, well thought and well made.
I got all the extensions, but I really wish there would be way more policies and situations.
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Darth Nox
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
A deceptively fun casual game, worth buying as part of a bundle or on sale. I don't think I'd pay full price for it though.
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WC5B
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I want to love this game but it has obvious bias built in. Liberalism is automatically measured as positive and Conservatism is automatically measured as negative. I am use to this in all forms of my entertainment as disappointing as it is, but in a game BASED on such idiologies, its just not entertaining.
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Wisdom Studios
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Eradicated Poverty, next turn I get assasinated
10/10 for realism
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Conner
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
It's alright. I think you have got to really enjoy politics... I don't... my mistake. A very fair 6/10 from me.
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michaelwversyn
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Very interesting game of cause and effect on a semi realistic national scale
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冬马和纱
( 37.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
it is a rare game about politics in steam. simple but fun (workshop provide more countires and concepts)
suggest that purchase it when there is a discount.
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bward19
( 58.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Crank up sales tax to 50% and repeal all others? Move the USA Federal Budget from red to black? Close all the airports to lower polution? If you want to go nuts, you can. There are several mods available with more policies and instructions to create your own.

The main object of this simulation is to get re-elected. The policies enacted truly focus on the approval of a group and the amount of membership in that group. For example, giving a tax break for urban farms will increase the membership in the "Farmers" group and their approval.

There is not an explicit explination on why the creator of the game chooses the relationships of policies to changes in the simulation, but *most* do make common sense. I'll list the common complaints later.

This is a fasinating game with one of the best government simulators I've yet seen. While it does not explore the "balance of power" between legislative, executive and judicial, it shows the maCssive effect that goverment policies can have on the daily lives of the citizens.

Here are some of the main "balances" that the game explores, with the goverment's budget as an aspect in all of them.
-Capitalism vs the enviroment, disadvantaging the poor, taxation and liberal socialism
-Healthcare, is it a right or a privalage?
-Welfare vs comfortably unemployed
-Foreign Policy (the game is suprisingly light on this though)
-Immigration control and liberal membership/approval
-Firearms control and health/crime

It goes on and on. If you're looking for a complex challenge and want to understand goverment better, you should experience this game.
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Bumblingbear
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Did lots of things to make lots of people happy, greatly reduced poverty, cleaned the environment, over one turn popularity shifted from 99% to 28% and shortly after I got assassinated.
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[SAS]TGP1994
( 31.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Democracy 3 is an original and intruiging game that you don't often find in strictly point-and-click games these days. Your decision making as a country leader can have great and widespread consequences or benefits. The game lets you run a country however you like, making decisions on political subjects especially as we are experiencing them now in the real world. The cause and effect system is very extensive, although some political topics seem to have odd, nonexistant, or arguably incorrect effects in the network.

Overall I've found this game challenging and fun to play. You may find the campaign somewhat short and limited, but the user modding commuity is strong and still providing entertainment.
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Gohst Princess Awez
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I was assisnated by nuns.
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jerebear
( 50.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
not 100% accurate but by far the most in-depth and realistic governing game out. AKA great
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Sgt.Golden
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Well designed game, I have enjoyed my time playing it for sure. :)
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nascent
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
[Note: I have played many hours of this game, but Steam Offline doesn't record it.]

I bought this game, as I am extremely frustrated with the current political situation, and wanted to see if there was some sort of simcity/football manager-esque political management game just to play around and test my political idealogies.
Obviously I didn't expect anything too realistic nor did I expect a game to solve my real life political issues.

With Democracy 3 I kind of got what I wanted. It's a fun game and in a way it does help to broaden your views a little when you see a decision and it's backlash/result. However my main issue with this game is how limited the policies and scenarios are. Don't get me wrong there's a lot to this game, it's got a bit of a learning curve due to just how much there is to edit and keep on top of, but once you get into the swing of things such as changing/introducing policies and editing taxes, you're pretty limited by what you can do. There's not enough policies to choose from to implement (only about 1-2 dozen per category) and some are very limited, you can only either legalise something or ban it, there's no middle ground which is a bit frustrating. So you can't for example made alcohol illegal under 18 but legalise it to 16 when bought with an 18 year old (legal in the uk Irl within restaurants etc).

You also can't do things such as implement policies to better utilise the huge unemployment problem in the game. Pretty much any change you make will result in increases of unemployment, yet aside from removing any technological innovation and human rights laws there's no way to create schemes to put them in work etc.

One other frustration with the game is just the lack of diversity in extreme reactions by the public. For instance. if you do anything to ♥♥♥♥ off the capitalists (which pretty much happens every game) you'll always be assassinated. There's no variation. It might be nicer if sometimes instead of assassination things went wrong in different ways, such as all the capitalists just moving to other countries leaving your country with no investment or corporation tax.

I really like this game a lot and would recommend it to anyone interested in buying it. But unfortunately once you play it once you've pretty much got all you can get from it. I have played it a few times through now and every single time the game has gone in the exact same way and I've been assassinated by the same people. I wanted to try and experiement with running some 3rd world countries such as Africa but the game doesn't have such countries available, only the US,Canada, Australia and Uk. So there's not really any diversity. (I see there is a standalone addon for Democracy: Africa but that's a lot of money to play the same game in another place).

I kind of wish you have more options on how your country is when you first take control of it too. You can pretty much only toggle amount of relogiousness, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Where are the options for level of homelessness, crime, capitalists, average age of voters, etc?

I really feel like this game needs a lot more in terms of choice and content and I really hope Democracy 4 brings this.
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[HDD]TreerfShy
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
It was a good game but i do not believe it was worth 25 dollars 10 would be a much more reasonable price 15 at max
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Jay
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Ever want to run a counrty? Here's you're chance.
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elmanisero777
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
For a game that has such complexity, there is zero nuance to policy implementation. Often feels like you're playing as a stereotype.
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lucas.hile
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
A strangely addicting game, if I'm to be honest. The UI is nicely done, and while the music doesn't really vary, it is amazing at capturing the mood and intent of the game. This genre is always at a disadvantage when it comes to scope, but this game comes the closest to simulating the real decisions made at the highest levels of government. In playing this game, bear in mind that it was not developed with a Call Of Duty-esque budget. Do that, and you'll certainly come to appreciate the game as I have.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I was assassinated because I wanted to give mothers paid maternity leave.

10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Love this game! Can get a wee bit repetitive, with the same scenarios/incidents occurring that you need to make a decision on. But thanks to the community generated workshop collections; it has kept is alive and added more content.

Have spent many enjoyable hours on the game and would definitely recommend the game overall.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Adictive and well made.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
A strangely addicting game, if I'm to be honest. The UI is nicely done, and while the music doesn't really vary, it is amazing at capturing the mood and intent of the game. This genre is always at a disadvantage when it comes to scope, but this game comes the closest to simulating the real decisions made at the highest levels of government. In playing this game, bear in mind that it was not developed with a Call Of Duty-esque budget. Do that, and you'll certainly come to appreciate the game as I have.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
A fun political game for politic-nerds?

  • Rock solid game
  • 144hz support and nice looking charts, layout, good design, etc
  • Fun variety of different political philosophies and policies
  • This game kept me playing for hours
  • Workshop has some cool add-ons


My chrome browser auto-loads realclearpolitics.com everytime its launched. If you don’t follow politics I don’t know that this game will be enjoyable for you. The fact is, the game is easier if you intuitively know what “biofuel subsidy” or “private school vouchers” are.

I would also say that the game is difficult. However, before starting a game you may reduce the difficulty. If you turn off assassinations the game becomes much easier and allows you to focus in on the policy.

At first I felt like the game forced me to play left, socialist. That’s not accurate, as a libertarian-leaning-conservative (right party for non-usa readers), I found my games always playing on the right side of the spectrum. Sure, I might subsidize the **** out of mass-transit to try to fix one of the “problems”, but overall I can’t help but gravitate towards my own belief of what government should do.

As a sim, the game puts you in charge of running the country like a business. This will cause you, or at least it did me, to abandon your precepts. I don’t believe government ought to tax behaviors like smoking; yet in the game they present a big red colored problem of asthma affected heavily by smoking. So to “beat” the game or solve this issue I tax the crap out of smoking. I don’t care if people want to get sick from smoking, and i certainly don’t think the government should be meddling in it.

The biggest reality problem is that you run the country as a limited-power dictator. There is no legislature or high-court to deal with. I think that for the scope of the game, this is a reasonable concession After all, who criticized Simcity because the mayor built a giant eco-friendly tower or a huge amusement park? I would suggest that we have a way to end game or retire out of governments like that of the UKs where you won’t term out. I would like to just “end” my carreer like when the US president terms out. I would also like to see a history of all my games and how they ended. I would also like a one-page summary that I can screenshot and post to steam (the current system doesn’t fit on the screen all at once).

The technical aspects of the game are good - given that the game is just texts and simple charts. At Least it runs at 144hz. I found the music obnoxious and play in silence. No crashes or other problems. Save system is fine.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This game may look complicated and boring on the outside, but once you get into it's really great! Ever dreamed of makeing a american socialist empire (if so vote Bernie)? Ever dream of a nation where ever crime gives teh death penalty and religous people wanna kill you? Ever want to make all drugs, alchol and guns legal? It's so satisfying whatching everything fall into place!


In conclusion, religous and conservative hate simula- I mean Democracy 3 is absoulutely worth and frequesntly goes on sale.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
If you ever wanted to kow how it would be to run a county or if you ever wanted to see what might happen if certain policies were enacted in a particular country, well then this is a game for you. The simulation is grait an I had not experianced any bugs in the game so far. What is most impressive is the modding. It is a blast to mod the game. I almost prefere it to playing. But that is just me. Like many people I to made a mod of my county simply because I could. :) I really wanted to make as accurate representation as possible. I loved every hour that I sank in to it and I hardly have any complaints. The biggest one I could poste is the fact that the pop. in the county does not change and there is no way to let say, set the number of active workers in one contry. Everything is based of the total pop.. Maybe that is a plan for a future DLC or D4 :) The game is not to expensive and it has a good Forum to satisfy all the questions in the world.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game has a lot going for it. While a political scientist can poke holes into the game's accuracy, I venture to say this game gets a lot right. Small changes can lead to dramatic differences. If you pander to one group, then you (obviously) irk another group. By making large changes, you risk alienting and forcing anomie into your populace. Because of that, this game has a difficulty setting of hard off the bat. And because of that challenge, this game is fun as hell and yes, I'd recommend the hell out of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Cool game, well thought and well made.
I got all the extensions, but I really wish there would be way more policies and situations.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Legalised abortions

Increased the amount of bus lanes

Gave everyone access to a state pension

Gave out food stamps

Subsidised Farmers

Subsidised renewable energy

Ended homelessness

Ended the obesity crisis

Created a Pro union policy

Gave more funding to the health system

Got denounced by the church and then assassinated by a secret organisation of Capitalists while opening a school

10/10 would politics again
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Doesn't allow for creative solutions for real world problems.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Really simple game, after only 6 hours of gameplay I already had 49% of all the achievements. And the game it self gets really boring very fast. Totally not worth the 22 euros I paid for it, believe me. I also ignored the comments and already regret it deeply. DO NOT BUY!!!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
I want to love this game but it has obvious bias built in. Liberalism is automatically measured as positive and Conservatism is automatically measured as negative. I am use to this in all forms of my entertainment as disappointing as it is, but in a game BASED on such idiologies, its just not entertaining.
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Every time I start doing well and fix the country I get assassinated by black people
10/10
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
First of all, whatever country you choose, the game only offers you the option of a two-party system—the ruling party who just won the elections (the player) and the opposition party. Frankly it would have been better if they didn't just bother as I see no significance at all to the opposing party. They're just there to compete against you during election time—the people who don't like you will either vote for the opposing party or not vote at all.

Second, the game seems to completely drop any notion of the different powers of government. You, the player, are simply the executive and there is no significance at all of the legislative and judicial powers. The in-game "currency" or the thing you need in order to do things in the game is simply "political capital." So long as you have enough political capital, you can do anything from offering school vouchers to allowing abortion on demand, no complaints from the opposing party or from the judiciary. Aside from the obvious disdain you'll get from the conservatives, the only other problem you'll have is the increased chance of assassination. And you get this political capital simply from your cabinet ministers. For example, if your country has a lot of conservatives and you appoint an Education Minister with lots of conservative sympathies, then you'll get more political capital from that minister. VERY SIMPLISTIC.

Third, the main hindrance to achieving your goals is the measly excuse of assassinations. The other main hindrance is elections. You have to win elections in order to advance to your next term or the game is over. It's relatively easy since you're just fighting two other sides—the opposing party and the non-voters. But the assassination thing is frankly just luck. First you'll be getting messages about increasing terrorist activities and failed assassination attempts, then voila—they finally succeed, you're dead, and the game is over. Even if you're already running a police state where the politce are armed with submachine guns, they'll still get you. It's just a matter of probability.

Four, your country seems to exist in a bubble as there is also a minimal take of international diplomacy. Again, the take on diplomacy comes in the form of terrorists assassinating you if you oppress minorities too much. The closest input you have on diplomacy is funding for international aid. Increasing it would reduce racial tension in the country (and thus also reduce the chance that you'd be assassinated by a racial extremist) but would annoy Patriots which—guess what—also have their own lineup of assassins.

This is the game for those who appreciate LOTS of graphs and charts, as this game is mostly just graphs and charts. Not a bad thing, though, since the game makes full use of it through the way it simulates the internal dynamics of a nation through numbers. For example: increase state school funding >>> decrease poverty >>> decrease crime rates. However, to increase state school funding you may need to increase taxes which will lower the GDP and may lead to a corporate exodus further hurting your economy. Thus, on the aspect of the interrelationship of the different policies and factions within a society, the game does good for the most part but for me, it still hasn't achieved the level of realism I want in a game that purports to be about "democracy."
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Decided to try this out in my homeland: Canada.
- Thought to myself: "Haha, I'm going to become a dictator and run my nation into the ground!"
- Against my better judgement, ended up creating an incredibly socialist society.
- Destroyed my economy but everyone loved me. Canadians were too polite to acknowledge the depression I had just created for them.

Restart as Germany. Will bring back Deutschland to former glory.
- Decide to try my best to go full dictator.
- Tax the big corporations and eliminate foreign investments. Keep Germany for Germans.
- Abolish anti-racism laws and invoke racial profiling. Keep Germany for Germans.
- Arm my police force to the teeth, set up cameras, drones, ID Cards, gated communities. Keep Germans safe from Germans.
- Mandatory Labour for the unemployed. Make Germany Great Again.
- Massive spy network and secret police force. Das ist gut.
- Liberals unhappy... FREE EYE CHECKUPS FOR EVERYONE!
- Massive support for the Uber Deutschland Party. Everyone happy because unhappiness is illegal.
- Homelessness gone. Economy booming. Crime gone. Obesity gone. 1984 achieved.

10/10 would Hitler again. Still gotta build that wall though.
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Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
90% income tax
90% flat income tax
legalised all drugs in the country
legalised all prostitution
eradicated all religion from my nation
all other taxes maxed
evolution only
assasinated by nuns
10/10 would be assasinated again
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
In short order of learning a few things I had turned the United Kingdom into an egalitarian, agrarian state that was truly green and economically prosperous land...a shining beacon in the modern times of stupid politicians. I now suggest all real-world politicians play this game for a week before resuming their so-called jobs and see if we can't avert some socio-political nonsense they get paid obscene amounts for! :P
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
The first 5 hours of this game are probably some of the most fun I've had with a political sim ever. After the first 5 hours, you're sat there wondering "well what the hell do I do now?" Sure, you can have fun trying to simulate different political parties, but that gets stale fast. I spent an hour learning the game. I spent the next two and a half fixing every problem that the British government had. In 2 hours, poverty was 0%, unemployment was 0%, health was 100%, there were no drasitc issues, and I was winning elections with 100% of the vote. Once you've made it that far, the game has no more depth to offer. Buy on sale. Do not pay full price.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
This game is heavily skewed toward socialist ideology. If you attempt to play as limited government leader you will just get assassinated.
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