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Democracy is a Political Strategy Game series of PC by the independent developer Positech games. The original game was released in 2005, and Democracy 2 followed in 2007. Democracy 3 was eventually released in 2013, and released a standalone expansion named Democracy: Africa in 2016. The fourth game is slated for the end of 2019.

In all three games, you take on the role of a President/Prime Minister of a democratic country, and must manage it through introducing or modifying policies in the seven areas of tax, economy, welfare, foreign policy, transport, law and order and public services. Each turn also randomly introduces dilemmas to be resolved.

Both your policies and the way you resolve dilemmas affects your standing with the varying factions of the electorate, allowing you to win re-elections if it is high enough with the majority. You'll also make two promises before each election for what you intend to achieve in your next term - flagging numbers can be boosted through bold visions, but failing to live up to them in turn raises voters' cynicism, so popular leaders are wise not to promise too much.

See NationStates and Cyber Nations for Web Games that also attempt to simulate modern politics.


This game provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: A common result.
  • Attack Drone: Available with the Clones & Drones expansion pack.
  • Alliance Meter: For each voter group.
  • All Nations Are Superpowers: Mid-sized nations such as Australia and Canada, are just as able as the United States to equip an "overwhelming force" military, or to build a space station.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Without police, the country is overrun by gangs and vigilante mobs.
  • Animal Testing: A dilemma.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: CCTV cameras, Internet Censorship, Police Drones, and Wiretapping.
  • Brain Drain: Can occur as a situation.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Capitalists and their extremists.
  • Corrupt Politician:
    • Though referred in the Loading Screen, it is averted within gameplay.
    • In Africa, you can enact policies that subvert democracy. Mechanically, this doesn't directly affect elections (there's no "stuffing ballot boxes" policy), though you can extend term lengths and eliminate term limits. Instead, reducing the Democracy value means taking measures that eliminate checks and balances on your regime, allowing you more political capital (to force through more law changes) per turn.
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  • Church Militant: The Religious extremists.
  • Fake Balance: In a debt crisis, the game is unwinnable. When the economy is strong and debt is low, the game is ridiculously easy.
  • Fictional Political Party: The player can make up any name for the government party.
  • Game Over: Frequent assassinations.
  • Global Warming: Averted in the core game; added in Clones & Drones.
  • Green Aesop: High GDP screws up the environment.
  • Landslide Election: An achievement.
  • Loading Screen: Containing tropes typical to a Corrupt Politician.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Possible with maximum prison spending.
  • Moral Guardians: The Conservatives.
  • Nintendo Hard: While by no means impossible, the game more or less accurately reflects just how difficult it is to manage a democratic nation in most cases. Don't feel bad if your first few playthroughs end in defeat or assassination.
  • No Poverty: Poverty can be eliminated.
  • Patriotic Fervor: The Patriots, who actively support policies in favor of your nation's military and acts directed against immigrants even if it harms foreign relations.
  • Permanent Elected Official: Zig-zagged. While the game has no midterm discharge procedures (such as impeachment or vote of no confidence) the player needs to win elections, and some countries have a definite term limit.
  • Police State: An achievement.
  • Prison Riot: A consequence from deficient prison spending.
  • Random Event: Events and dilemmas occur nearly every turn.
  • Ruler Protagonist: The player is Head of State and/or Head of Government.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: As if attempting to get anything accomplished as a simulated world leader wasn't enough, it can border on the impossible to drastically change a Capitalist society like the United States of America into a socialist state, or transforming France into a Capitalist superpower.
  • Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: A premise of the game.
  • Superhero: This event helps bringing down crime rate.
  • The Many Deaths of You: The player character can be assassinated by many different factions.
  • The Theocracy: Can be created, to earn the "Kingdom of God" achievement.
  • Think of the Children!: Parents fear asthma, teacher shortages and overcrowded hospitals.
  • Title Drop: The end of the trailer, and the Extremism trailer.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The Clones & Drones expansion pack.
  • Urban Segregation: Ghettos and Gated Communities.
  • Vast Bureaucracy: To a large extent, the premise of the game.
  • Vigilante Man: Vigilante Mobs often appear, if the police force is too small.
  • War Hawk: The Patriot voter group supports military spending.
  • We Will Have Perfect Health in the Future: Maxing out the Health variable is not that hard.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: A Socialist assassination is written from the perspective of the socialists themselves.


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