Political Strategy Simulator, Democracy 4, Finally Released
After a year in Early Access and more time in the pre-alpha, the latest iteration of the Democracy franchise, Democracy 4, finally got a full release on Thursday.
The UK-based studio, Positech Games, has developed and published the game since the first Democracy game in 2005. The studio, founded in 1997 by Cliff Harris, specialises in simulation strategy games. Some of their more notable releases include Gratuitous Space Battles, Production Line and of course, Democracy, their flagship franchise.
Democracy is the worst form of government — except for all the others that have been tried.
What is Democracy?
The namesake of the game, democracy, refers to a system of government that involves the participation of the whole population or eligible members of a state, whether through elected representatives or otherwise. Consequently, Democracy 4 is a turn-based strategy game where the player incarnates the head of state or government of a democracy.
Therefore, one must govern the country properly by growing the economy, controlling inflation and maintaining infrastructure. However, winning reelection is essential to stay in power, which means implementing policies to help those who helped the player get into power. Did wealthy donors fund your campaign? You should lower their taxes to pay that debt off. Did farmers support your rise to power? Perhaps subsidising fertilizer could be an idea to make sure they support your reelection.
Nationalising all industries could curry favor with socialists, but capitalists will resist the changes by any means necessary. On the other hand, abolishing the small business tax will undoubtedly make capitalists happy, but socialists might plot your assassination to stop it.
Novelty in Democracy 4
Democracy 3was released in 2013. After almost a decade, players of the previous game would expect Democracy 4 to improve upon its predecessor and add new features as well. On that note, here are some of the major changes coming to Democracy 4.
Upgraded user interface
Search bar to find items, policies and more
Editable colour palette and colour blind friendly support
New countries Spain, Italy, Japan and South Korea
New artwork to represent South Asian characters
Simplified renaming function
Improved simulation model for immigration and CO2 emissions
New events and dilemmas with multiple options
Post-election analysis screen
Country-specific traits and situations
Separate plotting of approval rating and expected vote count