Government Simulator is a is a simple economic and political simulation game based on real-world data. Take control of a whole country, like the USA, Germany, France, Russia, or Austria. Change laws, taxes and budgets based on real world statistics and data, and see what happens.
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Release Date:
Dec 4, 2017

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December 8

Government Simulator 1.0.2 Update

Government Simulator update 1.0.2 is now available.

This update adds some changes to the economic model simulation, and improves the gameplay. Note that for existing running games, not all changes will have an effect, but it also might mean that the current state of your existing game might change a bit (budgets might become too low and similar).

  • Long Time Economic Growth Change
    Previously, if you successfully played many years with the same country, everything would become very easy, because the economy usually would grow to an unlimited size, but the needed expenses didn't adjust accordingly. This is no longer the case, and the simulation now includes some internal inflation for this, so the game becomes a bit more challenging in later stages of the game.

  • Public Relations Changes
    The approval boost rates for public relation actions have been adjusted a bit:
    It is no longer easily possible to boost your approval rate using public relations.

  • One Child Policy Fixed
    The one-child-policy (if active) was ignored by the majority of the population, in most cases. This is no longer the case.

  • Fix for exploding Economic Growth
    Sometimes, if you had a very well set up country, your economic growth might get to a state where it would explode, and not stop growing very strongly. This has been fixed now.

  • Fixed a problem wich caused a fixed maximum economic growth of 6.1% under certain circumstances
Thanks again for all the feedback so far! Hope you'll like this update, and further feedback is welcome as always!
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December 5

Government Simulator 1.0.1 update

Government Simulator update 1.0.1 is now available.

One day after the release, this is the first update to Government Simulator, including some minor improvements suggested by users on the Steam forum.

Thanks to all for the constructive feedback, and even as some people apparently expected a bit different game, most people posted really helpful, constructive criticism so far. With a nice community like this, the game can be improved and extended with following updates.

There is an update with some gameplay improvements planned already, but this first quick update includes only minor improvements:

  • Maternity leave duration has been changed for the USA to 0 from previously 3 months, reflecting reality better.

  • The currency "Swiss franc" is now displayed in the game as "CHF" instead of "Fr." previously.

  • The list of "past military conflicts" now clarifies that this is a list of military conflicts
    which have been ended in this game.

  • Fixed a few typos (like Broatcasting -> Broadcasting)

  • Because a lot of people asked to create their own localizations: You can download the .doc template file from here
    and replace all translations: Only translate the text after the "=" and inside quotes.
    Then, send me the file (, and I'll integrate it into the game. Please also note:

    • It is probably quite a bit of work to do the translation. If you have finished a translation on your own, and I've verified that its quality is ok, I'll send you steam keys of Government Simulator, PostCollapse and CopperCube as thank-you.

    • Before starting a translation, post into the forum into this thread that you are doing a translation:
      In this way, you can ensure that no one else is working on the same language. I cannot accept translation of the same language by multiple persons of course. First come, first served.

    • Please don't send in 100% machine generated translations, because I will verify them and detect this.
Thanks again for the constructive feedback so far! Hope you'll like this update, and further feedback is welcome as always!
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About This Game

The game simulates a whole country: Population, debt, GDP, economic growth, unemployment, crime, life expectancy, birth rate, mortality rate, state of the infrastructure and so on. The player can adjust budgets, taxes, laws, and see what the outcome is.

Real World Data

The game is running on real-world data. Meaning everything is based on real values: If you play as the USA, the debt, income, expenditures, crime rate, unemployment rate, etc. you start with is based on the actual, real values of the USA. For example if you lower a tax rate, you'll see what the simulation calculates as new values afterwards, in dollars, people, crimes per 100.000, interest rate, life expectancy in years, and similar.


There are goals to fulfill, like decreasing the crime rate or achieving a certain public health or education rating, but it is already interesting to try to fiddle with the various options alone: What happens if you lower the minimum wage? What if you change the length of maternity leave? Or the retirement age? You can also do more serious changes like introducing censorship laws, compulsory military service, cash bans, or universal basic income.

There are military options, so you can start a war with any country in the world, and adjust its operation mode while the conflict is active. But be sure not to let it run out of control. Some countries for example also have a nuclear option, of course.

The game also includes a media and public relations system, where you can read the most interesting headlines, and try to influence the media with PR stunts, interviews, and similar.


You can play as the USA, Germany, Russia, France, and Austria: These are the countries the simulation was implemented and tested to work nicely. But there are also additional countries and scenarios which can be downloaded. It is also possible to create new countries and scenarios on your own and share them with others.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 800x600
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: you'll see more charts at a resolution of at least 1680 x 1050
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