1. Post #1

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    Let's play: Democracy !



    What is Democracy ?
    Democracy is a government simulation game that was first developed by Positech Games in 2005, with a sequel released in December 2007. The player plays as if they are the president or prime minister of a democratic government. The player must introduce and alter policies in seven areas - tax, economy, welfare, foreign policy, transport, law and order and public services. Each policy has an effect on the happiness of various voter groups, as well as affecting factors such as crime and air quality. The player has to deal with "situations", which are typically problems such as petrol protests or homelessness, and also has to make decisions on dilemmas that arise each turn.
    In this playthrough, you'll be the ones to decide how we run things !

    So for starters, let's pick the country which we will be playing as.

    United Kingdom
    France
    Japan
    Canada
    Germany
    USA
    Sweden
    Italy
    Australia
    Russia
    Poland
    Spain
    Hmm...

    -------------Updated 19th of November 2010--------------------
    Policy List:

    Transport
    Bus Lanes
    Road Building
    Bus Subsidies
    Law And Order
    Narcotics
    Gambling
    Handgun Laws
    Intelligence Services
    Prisons
    Alcohol Law
    Community Policing
    Police Force
    Economy:
    Labour Laws
    Tech Grands
    Maternity Leave
    Foreign Affairs:
    Military Spending
    Foreign Aid
    Public Services:
    University Grant
    Creativisionism
    State Health Services
    Stem Cell Research
    State Schools
    Welfare:
    Unemployment Benefit
    State Pensions
    State Housing
    Tax:
    Corporation Tax
    Car Tax
    Sales Tax
    Tobacco Tax
    Income Tax
    Petrol Tax
    Maternity Leave
    Unimplemented policies
    Pollution Controls
    Clean Energy
    Plastic Bag Tax
    Recycling
    Car Emissions Limits
    Tax Shelters
    Rural Development Grands
    Agriculture Subsidies
    Consumer Rights
    Organic Farming Subsidies
    Small Business Grant

  2. Post #2
    internetlad's Avatar
    October 2010
    50 Posts
    make the New USSR

    edit: this means russia.

  3. Post #3

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    Seeing as this is really a minor choice, we will be playing as Russia.

    You are now STALIN.


    I'll update this post with the next choice in a bit.
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  4. Post #4
    internetlad's Avatar
    October 2010
    50 Posts
    do you actually play as stalin or are we just pretending.

  5. Post #5
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    croguy's Avatar
    August 2009
    11,253 Posts
    Be the GLORIOUS LEADER JOSEPH STALIN and MAKE THE MOTHERLAND TO BE LIKE IN THE OLD TIMES OF GLORIOUS SOVIET COMMUNISM!
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  6. Post #6

    May 2010
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    Nah, we are just pretending, you can't name your 'prime minister'.

    Okay, we will be playing as Russia, and we are supposed to just have won the elections.



    The game is based around our policies. We can modify some that already exist, implement new ones and we have to keep in mind that the different social classes will react differently to each change.

    Right now, it's pretty obvious that the: a) Religious, b) Trade Unionists and the c)Enviromentalists don't exactly love us, so we might want to work on that.

    Before we start, let's take a look at what kind of issues are state faces right now.

    Pollution


    Cheap Imports


    and the Asthma Epidemic


    If you take a closer look at the images, you'll notice a description of each problem, as well as some ways to fix the situation.

    During this round, we will be able to modify or implement, two policies.

    Here's a list with the existing ones:

    Transport
    Bus Lanes
    Road Building
    Bus Subsidies
    Law And Order
    Narcotics
    Gambling
    Handgun Laws
    Intelligence Services
    Prisons
    Alcohol Law
    Community Policing
    Police Force
    Foreign Affairs:
    Military Spending
    Foreign Aid
    Public Services:
    University Grant
    Creativisionism
    State Health Services
    Stem Cell Research
    State Schools
    Welfare:
    Unemployment Benefit
    State Pensions
    State Housing
    Tax:
    Corporation Tax
    Car Tax
    Sales Tax
    Tobacco Tax
    Income Tax
    Petrol Tax
    Maternity Leave
    Or better yet, we can implement a new policy:
    Pollution Controls
    Clean Energy
    Plastic Bag Tax
    Recycling
    Car Emissions Limits
    Tax Shelters
    Tech Grands
    Rural Development Grands
    Labour Laws
    Agriculture Subsidies
    Consumer Rights
    Organic Farming Subsidies
    Small Business Grant
    Each policy is different (for example while modifying Narcotics you can allow 'light' drugs), so you might want to keep that in mind when suggesting what we should do next.

    We are allowed to modify/implement 2 policies. Which ones ?

  7. Post #7
    Antary's Avatar
    August 2010
    2,074 Posts
    Can you war with people?

  8. Post #8

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    Can you war with people?
    Nope. :saddowns:

  9. Post #9
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    croguy's Avatar
    August 2009
    11,253 Posts
    Nope. :saddowns:
    That is total bullshit! Choose a better game like HoI2 next time!


    Anyhow, modify Corporation Tax and implement Labour Laws.

  10. Post #10
    ineedateam1's Avatar
    April 2010
    2,543 Posts
    implement
    Agriculture Subsidies
    Car Emissions Limits

  11. Post #11
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    Canuhearme?'s Avatar
    April 2008
    16,736 Posts
    University Grant, Stem Cell Research.

  12. Post #12

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    University Grant
    implement Labour Laws.

    During this turn, comrades, we focused on education and marxian economics ! (sorta)

    Initially, we modified our 'University Grants' policy from 'Pay fees for poor students' to 'Partial Grants'. his way, we will have a more educated workforce, since more Russian students will choose to continue their education. Unfortunately, this modification won't pass until the next turn.



    Then, we attempted to please the Trade unionists by implementing Labour Laws.


    This might turn out to be bad later on, but at least we won't risk an October Revolution.

    As the next three months (turn) passes, we receive our first quarterly report. Our economy isn't getting any better, at least until the university grants policy passes, and the environmentalists seem to have had enough.



    How should we deal with our economy ? Help our country's productivity, or cut down costs from various policies ?


    List of policies:

    Transport
    Bus Lanes
    Road Building
    Bus Subsidies
    Law And Order
    Narcotics
    Gambling
    Handgun Laws
    Intelligence Services
    Prisons
    Alcohol Law
    Community Policing
    Police Force
    Foreign Affairs:
    Military Spending
    Foreign Aid
    Public Services:
    University Grant
    Creativisionism
    State Health Services
    Stem Cell Research
    State Schools
    Welfare:
    Unemployment Benefit
    State Pensions
    State Housing
    Tax:
    Corporation Tax
    Car Tax
    Sales Tax
    Tobacco Tax
    Income Tax
    Petrol Tax
    Maternity Leave
    Unimplemented policies
    Pollution Controls
    Clean Energy
    Plastic Bag Tax
    Recycling
    Car Emissions Limits
    Tax Shelters
    Tech Grands
    Rural Development Grands
    Agriculture Subsidies
    Consumer Rights
    Organic Farming Subsidies
    Small Business Grant

  13. Post #13
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    October 2007
    2,784 Posts
    tax plastic bags
    become california
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  14. Post #14
    Anteep2's Avatar
    September 2009
    1,584 Posts
    Implement Tech grants to increase access to internet, increase GDP, increase literacy and other things. With tech grants maxed, the economy will grow quickly.

    Implement Business Grants too, so that people can start businesses up easily to expand the economy.

    With these two things you will see a big increase in income.

    Another thing to consider is increasing spending on state schools to increase worker productivity and reduce unemployment.

    We may also need to reduce our military budget substantially for the time being until the economy is better off.

  15. Post #15
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    Canuhearme?'s Avatar
    April 2008
    16,736 Posts
    Business Grants and Tech Grants.

  16. Post #16
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    Fables's Avatar
    August 2007
    4,239 Posts
    The hell is Creativisionism?

  17. Post #17

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    Creativisionism is apparently a policy that decides how evolution is being taught in schools. Right now, both Darwin's theory and the religious view are being taught.

    Before we modify the policies and proceed to the next round, let's take a look at some stats.




    We mostly waste our money on military spending. And that's about to change.


    Reduce our military budget


    Even though our soldiers are still being trained well, we have dramatically reduced our military expenses. The bad news is that this policy change will take around 36 months to take effect.


    Implement Tech grants
    Tech Grants.
    Since our economy is still holding together, let's try to spice it up by introducting tech grants.



    This change will create space for more jobs, and will (together with the new university grants that have just passed) make our tech market more competitive and productive.

    Three more months pass, and we receive another report.



    Your mask isn't even biodegradable, now stop rioting.


    It looks like implementing Labour Laws was worth losing some of our capitalist voters in the long term. The university grants have risen the govermental income, but the enviromentalists are going crazy.

    We are also faced with a political dillema. Should we extradite the terrorist or not ?


    A list of all the policies has been added to OP.

    Rate 'zing' if you want us to extradite the terrorist or 'heart' if you want him to stay here.
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  18. Post #18
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    Canuhearme?'s Avatar
    April 2008
    16,736 Posts
    Extradite.

    Policies: Stem Cell Research, Clean Energy.

  19. Post #19

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    Heh, you do have a thing with scientific development don't you ?

  20. Post #20
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    May 2007
    3,380 Posts
    Extradite him. Our glorious motherland needs tending to, and we have no time for pesky outside affairs.

    We must focus on clean energy. If we're able to mitigate pollution, it could also diminish the asthma epidemic. Two birds with one stone.

    Also, stem cell research, so we can create the ultimate army of mutant soldiers!

    Edited:

    Just realized I said the EXACT same thing of canuhearme. :doh:
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  21. Post #21
    ineedateam1's Avatar
    April 2010
    2,543 Posts
    Extradite.

    Policies: Stem Cell Research, Clean Energy.

    this - i rated wrong

  22. Post #22

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    I modified the Stem Cell Research policy and implemented Clean Energy. I will be posting it tomorrow.

    Filesmelt is down right now, so you might not be able to view the screenshots from the previous entries.

    Our income rises, but so do our expenses, how should we deal with the deficit ? Keep in mind that it will take several more turns for the cuts in the military expenses to take effect.

  23. Post #23

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts


    Well, apparently dillemas don't pass on on any save games, so from now on, I'll have to decide based on our attitude and policies so far.


    We start our round by rising the budget for Stem Cell Research.


    We also implement Clean Energy in order to satisfy the frustrated Enviromentalists.


    This policy may also help counter the asthma epidemic.

    3 months pass, and we receive another report.


    The Religious are not too happy with Stem Cell Research, and that doesn't help, considering that the percentage of them that would vote us was already low.


    We receive a new dillema. Should we pass the corporate manslaughter bill or not ?


    Considering that most of our economic policies are right-wing, we decide to pass the bill.

    Which policies should we introduce next ? The enviromentalists are being quiet for now, but we still have a budget deficit. The list of policies can be found on the OP.

  24. Post #24
    imasillypiggy's Avatar
    December 2009
    8,851 Posts
    can i change a country to communism because if not then its not a very fun game, or can i use my love of god to make up for my horrible mistakes

  25. Post #25
    You have to raise the taxes to communist standard

  26. Post #26

    May 2010
    2,628 Posts
    You have to raise the taxes to communist standard
    Heh, might as well raise them a bit.