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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July 9

Government Simulator 1.3 update

Government Simulator update 1.3 is now available.

This update adds cheats (possibility to circumvent the implementation effort points mechanism), a new law, gameplay tweaks, and improvements here and there. Details:

  • New law: Plastic bag ban
    In order to reflect current developments, the game now has a new law to select: 'Plastic bag ban'.
    Also, when you start a new game with France, the plastic bag ban law will be active there to reflect France's bag ban starting in 2016.

  • Cheats
    There are now cheat codes in the game. If you play though the USA scenario and finish it successfully, cheat codes in the game will be unlocked. The cheat code 'NOMORELIMITS' entered in the game will give you 100 implementation effort points.
    Note that if you already played through the USA scenario previously before this update, you need to do this again to unlock cheats, unfortunately.

  • Debt Explained
    There is now an explanation in the statistics tab on the "debt" entry, explaining how the current debt was generated.
    It shows the old debt, the defict and the interest which had to be payed on debt. This makes it probably a bit more clear for people not understanding that their debt sometimes would not be reduced although they had a negative deficit.

  • Crime rate adjustments
    Crime rate calculation has been adjusted a bit and factors such as tax burden, income, unemployment rate, police budget, prison budget, punishment rate, alcohol ban, torture, surveillance and similar influence it a bit differently now.

  • The description of implementation effort points now also shows that a lower game difficulty gives you more points.

  • Fixed a problem when dragging game window accross multiple screens.

  • Various minor gameplay tweaks and improvements here and there.

Hope you'll like this small update. If you want specific new features in a future update, don't forget to post this into the discussion forum (the comments section below this news is a bit difficult to use for discussions). Further feedback is welcome as always!
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April 6

Government Simulator 1.2 update

Government Simulator update 1.2 is now available.

This update adds balancing tweaks, fixed problems, improvements here and there, and a new scenario. Details:

  • Gameplay balancing
    The amount of efford points needed for changing critically underfunded departments has been reduced quite a lot. For example, previously, you needed a lot of points for increasing the budget of 'Bike Ways' in the transport category in the US scenario, or 'Police' in the Russia scenario. This is no longer the case now.

  • New scenario: UK after Brexit
    This new scenario simulates the UK after a possible brexit scenario. Note that this scenario might contain errors and unrealistic or made up values.
    You can play this scenario by selecting the "Downloadable scenarios created by users" in the "new game" dialog.

  • Family Support
    Changed the way people react to changes in the amount of family support budget a bit.

  • Budget adjustments
    Adjusted the evaluation of the budgets for the simulation of various departments such as hospitals, internet, telephone, muesums and monetrary system for a handful of countries, to make this more realistic.

  • Performance improvements
    The game now runs a bit faster on slower systems, especially on Windows 7 (Windows 8 and 10 were already quite fast)

  • Fix for Newspaper animation problem: On some system, the newspaper animation would sometimes be stuck, this has been corrected now.

  • Fixed a problem where downloadable scenarios could specify a different start date, but the month would be ignored.
    This is no longer the case now.

Thanks again for all the feedback! Hope you'll like this update. If you want specific new features in a future update, don't forget to post this into the discussion forum (the comments section below this news is a bit difficult to use for discussions). 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, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Switzerland, 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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