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Democracy 2

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Macintosh
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3.3
Windows
69
2.7
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Description

Democracy 2 is a sequel to the political strategy game by the same developer. It's a turn-based 2D icon-driven game where the player is the president or prime minister of a virtual country, and has to take political decisions each turn in order to both solves the problems that the country has (and make it more prosperous) whilst keeping all of the voters in their different groups happy with the government.

Each turn in the game represents a single quarter (three months) and the term length, and the limit of terms you can serve are both selectable at the start of the game. You can end the game in several ways, either by winning all the elections and serving till the end of the term limit, by losing the vote at an election, by being assassinated or thrown from office in some other way by terrorist groups, or by reaching a rep-set 'debt ceiling'.

The main instrument of player control in the game is a 'policy'. A policy is basically a law or some government program, with a single 'slider' used to adjust the 'intensity' of that policy. This could be the tax rate in the case of tax policies, or the amount of budget allocated to a spending policy such as state education.

Democracy 2 introduced new features to the game in the way of ministers, who control the different government departments. Ministers gain experience over time, and their skill is a factor in determining the success of your policies. They can also be used to boost support from different voter groups depending on their support 'base'. Another new feature is the 'focus group' which is a graphical method of looking at individual voters in the game, and seeing their group membership, party affiliations and their likelihood of voting at the next election.

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The Press Says

Gaming Shogun Windows Feb 18, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer UK Windows Jan 18, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Games Radar Windows Jan 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jan 12, 2009 7.25 out of 10 72
Gamer 2.0 Windows Jan 23, 2008 6.4 out of 10 64
Thunderbolt Games Windows Mar 06, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Jan 20, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Freedonia

One of the many nations a player can choose to lead in Democracy 2 is Freedonia, a liberal, atheist state with a flag bearing a passing resemblance to that of Canada. This may be a reference to the 1933 Marx Brothers film, Duck Soup, which features a small, fiscally failing European nation which bears the same name. This allusion might be unintentional, however, as Freedonia has since become an English language term for a fictitious or remote and insignificant country.

Related Web Sites

  • Democracy 2 for Mac (The Mac Gamer's Alex McLarty and Conor McArdle review the Macintosh version of Democracy 2 in the form of a back-and-forth conversation between the two of them (Feb. 4th, 2009).)
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