Attack Of The Clones & Drones: New Democracy 3 DLC Out

Democracy 3 is a political simulator that works best when treated as a toy rather than a strategy game. Put aside your instinctive desire to win and instead just tinker with its societal web and play out different what-if scenarios. “What happens if the welfare state is dismantled,” you ask. And in the game.

The last expansion let you push those what-ifs into extremism, and the just-released Clones & Drones DLC seems to exist on a similar knife-edge between timely, politically-charged issues and ‘ooh won’t that be fun to make people do.’ Check the trailer below.

Here’s the description from the expansion site, since it’s basically just a list of things the additions will let you do:

What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future? Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? Or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of privacy? Should we give the go-ahead to human cloning? Will climate change cause problems for our country? Are we going to run out of rare earth metals? Or oil…? The people look to YOU for leadership in these turbulent times. Can you keep the country happy and prosperous as we head to the 2020s and beyond?

When I wrote wot I thought of Democracy 3, I said I loved it for its interface and for the way your actions rippled throughout its simulation. There were balance quirks which made it trivially easy to “win” if you knew how, but that wasn’t the point. The game gives you a lot of buttons to push, and each one provides you with stories to tell, about the time you did away with all the police or the time you taxed out the heck out of everything and everyone. The consequences might not be balanced in the way we normally expect from management games, but they follow a believable logic that makes them feel true and funny at the same time.

The DLC is out now and £4 direct from Positech or via Steam.

6 Comments

  1. Cinek says:

    …. Wat?
    Did they really just decided to completely detach this game from reality?
    I guess: foolish me and my hopes for a DLC that will try to improve upon the issues this game had.

    • MrFinnishDude says:

      Well, the DLC is tackling with the issues politicians might have to deal with in the future.
      And I think they keep it somewhat level headed. Not like aliens and wormholes and stuff, but factory automation, climate change and human cloning.

      I do think those things are surely coming for us in the future. That is if Skynet doesn’t get us.

      • Cinek says:

        Human cloning and stuff like that is on the same level as aliens are.
        Both might happen, but are totally abstract from anything related to the game about politics.

        • LogicalDash says:

          But the technology to clone humans is really no different from that to clone sheep, and we have already cloned sheep. We have not seen any actual human cloning done because there’s a lot of social and political pressure against it, and in any case it’s hard to work out a way to profit from human cloning, since presently the fetus would still need to come to term within a plain human uterus.

          Factory automation, climate change, and unmanned aerial vehicles are all actually happening right now, so putting those on even the level of human cloning is very silly.

          Putting any of these on a level with interstellar alien contact means you don’t understand how big space is.

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          Phasma Felis says:

          There are already groups campaigning for laws against human cloning, and have been for years. IIRC, the US even has some laws on the books now. It’s a real (impending) issue.

          And that’s the *most* far-out of the issues mentioned. Drone surveillance, climate control, and dwindling rare-earth supplies are all hot political issues right now.

  2. Dozer says:

    Beware. Your performance in this game will be monitored and compared with other users globally. The leading player will be forcibly appointed leader of Scottish Labour.

    It is the only way they can possibly defeat Crate. #VoteCrate