Democracy 3  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Democracy 3  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network New Democracy 3 DLC, Electioneering, Announced Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:50:40 -0400 ESpalding

Today the creators of Democracy 3, Positech Games, announced a new DLC heading our way. It is called Electioneering and will be about running your own elections. The new content takes a deeper look at the way the voting works in Democracy 3 and lets you run your election campaigns using a load of new and exciting tools.

Speaking on the company's blog, CEO and game designer Cliff Harris expressed the difficulties in creating an election system for Democracy 3 given that there are lots of different countries in the game, each having their own electoral processes.

"I decided to take a few key areas of the election process, the ones that seemed universal, and model those, whilst letting the actual ‘mechanics’ of how an election is fought to remain abstract."

The key elements of Electioneering will include arranging and running fundraising activities, making addresses and speeches, setting out what it is that you intend to do if you are elected in manifestos and what perceptions you give the voters.

There is no confirmed date for the release of the DLC, but Positech estimates that it will be available late July 2016 and will be for PC and OS X. There is already a page on Steam for anyone wishing to add the DLC to their wishlist.

How to be a great Democracy 3 African president Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:19:06 -0400 StratGamer48

Democracy 3: Africa was released recently by Positech. Because I've had some experience playing their previous games (like Democracy 3), I thought the Africa expansion would be as easy as the previous game. Then I realized I was horribly wrong. I had never been assassinated so many times by radicals in my first term!

In the previous game, I was playing as developed Western nations and I only needed to reform the economy. But in Africa, social issues are more important and urgent. They need to be solved immediately!

There are 10 playable nations in the game. I played as Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa and Botswana. All of them have problems in education, health, crime, corruption unemployment, skill shortage, and equality

The image below is the situation that I was facing in my "first day of office". No one supported me, except for elders.

The handgun icon on top shows what radical groups are targeting you

That is how many radicals want your life

Tip 1: Take care of the top concern ASAP if you want to live

After numerous assassinations, I learned that I needed to fix the people's top concern as soon as possible if I wanted to live to see reelection. All of the nations I played needed to reform policies like Minority Sexuality and Female Genital Mutilation Ban.

Tip 2: Focus on economics immediately after

Try to please every demographic, then focus on economic development by enacting policies like Small Business Subsidies, Technologies  Subsidies and Investment Scheme.

As I realized after fixing the social and economic problems, most radicals became peaceful and the people are satisfied, the background music of the game becomes more cheerful.

No more radicals, I didn't use secret police, I swear :)

Education, health and GDP rising as unemployment, crime and poverty fellWinning the first reelection

Tip 3: It gets much easier to solve problems once you take care of the big stuff

If the player is able to have a healthy economy, the game becomes easier -- there aren't as many big problems that require your attention. There might be new issues like a cyber crime increase as technology advances and overcrowding and traffic congestion as urbanization rises, but those are less threatening than the problems in the early stage, like social inequality and corruption.

Cyber crime, overcrowding, and traffic congestion can be solved with more internet police and more housing and public transportation. Social inequality and corruption required many policies to be dealt with.

My second election in Botswana, but it is my last term in office

In the end, if player does a superb job on solving domestic problems, everyone will vote for them in the next reelection -- and they'll win by a landslide that makes it seem like a heavily rigged election.

Democracy 3: Africa is released Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:33:42 -0400 StratGamer48

Democracy 3 Africa, a political simulation game by Positech Games was released on April 12 and can be purchased via Positech, GoG, Steam and Humble Store.  This is the latest expansion to Democracy 3,  following Social Engineering and Extremism two years ago.

In this expansion, the rules, processes and winning conditions will be very similar to previous games. At the start of the game, the player will select the country and representing party they want to play with. Different political parties offer bonuses to different demographics. The player will be elected as president and be forced to deal with issues which can include corruption, brain drain, debt, or the unhappiness of a particular demographic. They must try to use their political power to solve these problems and improve the country with their cabinet's officials. Later, the player will run for reelection. If they are reelected, the game will continue. On the other hand, if player becomes unpopular within the term of office, they will not be reelected. If their policies were too extreme, player can be assassinated. The winning condition of this game would be for the player to be reelected until it is no longer possible. Of course, players will higher goals can raise the difficulty level and attempt to eliminate all domestic problems. 

There are some slight differences between the Africa expansion and previously released games. In previous games, playable nations consist of Western democratic nations such as the US, Canada, France, Australia and Great Britain. In the Africa expansion , the player can choose between ten democratic nations, inlcuding: Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. Although all the countries are located in Africa, they all have different demographics, resources and problems. African nations are known for having more problems and less resources than Western nations. For some countries, even having clean water can be an issue. Therefore playing as African nations will be more challenging. 

Playable African nations in Democracy 3: Africa and some of their statistics 

Situation of Nigerian President is facing as first day in office. The president is facing massive social problems with very low popularity

New feature of African nations using endangered species to attract awareness and tourism. 

Note: red icons as problems, blue icons as active policies, white icons are standing point that can be adjusts like tax rate and alcohol age, and green icons are advantages.

Overall, Democracy is game about following what people want instead creating and abolishing policies that the player thinks will be beneficial for their nation. Finding a balance between policies that are popular and beneficial is the key of "making the country great again".