Wha'? Oh, right, it was the election last night. Did we manage to win a seat? Who won, anyway?
... whaddaya mean I'm Prime Minister now?
So this is Democracy 3. For the real oldbies among us, it's a lot like NationStates, but decisions actually mean something. We've just been elected to rule an entire country, and that big sprawling mess up above is it. White circles are our policies, anything from taxes to legal drinking age to creationism:evolution balance. Blue circles are stats about our society, such as poverty, literacy, car usage and so on. And red... well, red is bad things. We've got alcohol abuse, we're a technological backwater... yeah, things aren't looking good.
And that's how not-good they are. Our GDP is at baseline, our income is way below our expenditures... and we've just been elected to deal with this fiasco.
Though I'm not sure how we got elected. We're polling spectacularly badly - perhaps only one person turned up to vote? I bet it was one of you, wasn't it? Rascals.
Well, there's no help for it: we're going to have to run this country. We'll need to adjust our policies - they all run on sliders, which have a cost to adjust, so we can't just change everything at once - to try and
But you, dear Boarders, are my appointed ministers. Yeah, I've got an in-game cabinet, but they're a waste of space. So if we're going to do this, I need your advice. I will play through a year at a time (four turns to the year, and elections take place every four years), and together we can try to get re-elected, while avoiding assassination.
Oh, did I mention the assassinations? Yup, that's in there.
Here's what I need from my trusty ministers:
1/ Our citizens are from a wide variety of backgrounds. The coloured bars here show how much each group likes us, while the grey background shows how prominent they are:
You, dear ministers, need to tell me which demographic(s) you want me to focus on pleasing. I'll then look for policies that will make those groups happier - for instance, parents support child benefits, but are against legalising drugs.
2/ The policies are split into seven sections (look back at the overview higher up): Transport, Foreign Policy, Welfare, Economy, Taxes, Public Services, Law & Order. Please tell me which section I should focus on this year. I'll probably have to also adjust things outside that section, but I want a priority.
3/ We're not just limited to the policies we've inherited from our predecessors (whoever they might be): we can also enact new policies!
These are the options our cabinet have presented to us. If you want me to try and implement one of these, tell me and I'll do my best to scrape the political capital together.
4/ It is essential that you give yourself a title. As Wikipedia shows, ministerial positions in the UK range from 'Minister of State for Employment' to the delightfully-named 'Minister for the Northern Powerhouse'. I'm pretty sure you can craft yourselves some interesting titles... go nuts ^_^
Now, let's crack on! This country isn't going to run itself, except possibly into the ground. As soon as I get the advice of a couple of ministers, I'm going to plough on and try to make our nation prosper! Or suffer. Or just implode. Up to you!
For those who have played Democracy 3 before, we're playing as the UK (probably obviously). For those who haven't, but are interested, it's currently 75% off on Steam. For those who want to get away from the West, there is also a Democracy 3: Africa standalone expansion, so you can go wreck Ghana instead of Germany.
Now, come on, folks: let's go