Video Game / Republic: The Revolution
Republic: The Revolution
is a computer game produced and published in 2003 by the short-lived British developer Elixir Studios (probably better known for developing Evil Genius
). The game takes place in the small nation of Novistrana
, a fictional country that has just gained independence from the Soviet Union. You play as a political mastermind... whose family was assassinated by the KGB... and unfortunately, the man who was resposible for those murders is currently "president for life"
of Novistrana and beyond the reach of the legal system.
Thus, the player's job is to set up a party and gather enough support to launch a revolution. Of course, you're not the only one with an agenda - opposing him are several other groups, including other political parties, churches and even criminal organizations. In order to overcome the opposition and overthrow the president, you'll have to persuade others to work with you and support your campaign. Of course, they're trying the same...
The game's political spectrum
has three dimensions: Money, Force and Influence. Different ideologies draw (or repulse) different voting groups and can make recruiting certain people easier (or harder). The military is more likely to support a person with an interest in force, while the church can be hard to persuade to join the cause unless you share their belief in the power of influence. Corporate salesmen care for nothing but cold hard cash
This game provides examples of:
- Awesome, but Impractical: 3D mode. Most of game is played from 2D map.
- Bilingual Bonus: Novistrana translates roughly to "New Country" from Russia.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Player can beat other factions by engaging in the same actions as they do.
- Black and Gray Morality: Karasov is President Evil. You're out to topple him because he made your parents disappear, and arranging a regime change will require ruthless tactics up to and including corruption and murder. Even a pure Influence playthrough requires setting up a charitable trust you can use to fund your political party and arranging for the martyrdom of one of your allies so you can use his death to spark the revolution.
- Character Customization
- Character Portrait
- Cold War: Set shortly afterwards, but the point of the game is that the Hole in Flag phase hasn't properly arrived yet and you're supposed to finally rid the country of authoritarianism (at least in theory).
- Coup de Grâce Cutscene: When you order someone killed. There is no way to cancel the action once it has begun.
- The Dragon: General Alexashenko. Can be bribed into Dragon Their Feet.
- Experience Points: Completing actions gives characters experience, which eventually lets them upgrade their own skills.
- False Flag Operation: You can pull these. It's just takes some extra effort.
- The Fundamentalist: Some of the church people (obviously).
- Fog of War: Played with. You can see the world whereever you want, but you won't know what your enemies are doing if you're not actively investigating.
- Hide Your Children: Partially explained, however, by some of the information boxes in the 3D world. Children's play areas exist, but are said to be abandoned because few parents let their children out on the streets of Novistrana, while the fact that no schools can be seen is explained by the poor education system the regime is running
- In-Universe Game Clock: Time marches forward constantly. Days are divided into three parts and each action takes place in one part.
- La Résistance: You start as this. Whether it lasts or not is up to you.
- The Mafiya: They appear in the second map.
- Mini-Game: See above.
- Multiple Endings: Though you take over the country whatever happens, your ideology determines the method used.
- Old Soldier: Force-oriented parties tend to hire these guys.
- Patriotic Fervor: Going between Force and Influence ends somewhat like this.
- Plot Lock: You can't mess with the President's power in the center of Berezina, at least not directly. You have to gain control of the proper institutions (the central bank, the Cathedral, or the Secret Police HQ).
- Persuasion Minigame: Recruiting new party functionaries, as well as many special events revolve around a negotiation minigame between your functionary and an NPC. First, you get a number of persuasiveness points (dependent on your functionary's Resolve score), which you have to assign to four differently-weighted arguments you will use later. In the first round of negotiation, you must play each of these arguments in any order, not knowing which arguments the other party has. In the second round, the process is repeated, except both parties now know each other's arguments. The party with more successful persuasions (i.e. matching the opponent's argument with a stronger argument) wins the entire negotiation.
- Also, at one point can try to convince a wealthy businessman to support you. If you mess up the negotiations, he won't give you anything. Win, he pays. Go over the top and he pays extra.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified / The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Depending the player's choices, but leaning more towards the latter.
- "Risk"-Style Map: Cities are divided into districts.
- RPG Elements: Each character has 5 stats that govern their skills.
- President Evil: Karasov
- Ruritania: Novistrana, whose name is a Fake Russian rendition of novaya strana (it literally means "new nation").
- Scare Campaign: Support us, or the evil commies/capitalists/anarchists/fundamentalists/atheists/etc. are going to EAT YOUR BABIES!
- Secret Police: Borderline State Sec, since there's so much crossover between the Secret Police and the army.
- The Syndicate: The Konstantino Cartel, despite its name.
- Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: And you get to decide where you want to sit!
- Sliding Scale of Turn Realism: In a really weird variation, this game is basically a Turn-Based Strategy where all gameplay takes place in real time. Each day is subdivided into three time periods (morning, afternoon, night), and during each period each agent can carry out exactly one action; resources are handed out once a day. Frustratingly, there is no way to significantly slow down the time (e.g. to have more time to review the situation and assign duties) or speed it up (to skip to the next turn); and some actions additionally require you to manually adjust the manner in which they are carried out as they happen (even though for many, it could have just as well been specified when ordering them), making carrying out more than two actions within the same turn excessively hectic.
- Speaking Simlish: Novistranians seem to be speaking a weird mix of Ukranian and Russian, and the "Cyrillic" letters are fictional.
- Strawman Political: Everyone, more or less. Everyone subscribes to one of three main focuses (Power, Influence, Wealth) and have their main skillset picked from that power. However, some characters do have secondary beliefs.
- Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: Influence beats wealth, wealth beats force and force beats influence. In theory. In effect, the one who keeps gathering the most raw support beats everyone.
- Tech Demo Game: Sort of. There's a huge highly detailed city... that is pretty much useless in gameplay.
- Three-Stat System: Each political party, party functionary, and electoral district has an ideological profile that combines Wealth, Force, and Influence in certain proportions. Each combination makes them more or less suited to carry out or to support certain political operations.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Karasov and his regime will try to paint you as a terrorist, while naturally you potray yourself as a freedom fighter. Where you actually fall depends on your chosen path.
- Velvet Revolution: When Karasov finally goes down, he goes down quickly and without much fuss. Even more so in the Wealth ending, where you force him to resign by screwing with the economy.
- Voice of the Resistance: Obviously, capturing a radio or TV station helps to persuade people to join your cause.
- We ARE Struggling Together: There is no real way to ally with any other faction. Despite everyone opposing Karasov, everyone is more focused on defeating each others first.
- Welcome to Corneria: There is only a small set of opinions the people have to share. Hilariously enough, the text shown might match the voiceover, since there aren't enough spoken lines to go around.
- Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell: How Novistrana's problems start.
- Working Class People Are Morons: In just three days, the entire city can go from religious fanatics to capitalist to military dictator to pro-democratic movement.