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									Democracy 2
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Are you a politics or economics Teacher? Are you looking for some software to help
teach politics in class? You just found it! The original 'Democracy' game was used in a
number of different schools and colleges to get students interested in the normally 'dry'
subjects of politics and economics. Terms like GDP and Manifesto don't *have* to be
boring, and Democracy showed how they could be integrated into a game that students
found fun and challenging, whilst also teaching them about political principles and
"If Gordon Brown wants to engender some sympathy in a fresh generation, he should
have this game taught in schools. It's one of the most educational games in existance." -
(Jim Rossignol - PC Gamer)

Democracy 2 is an even better tool for this purpose. The game is highly moddable, and
all those hidden values in the original games that had been hard coded are now in handy
text files, so you can alter all kinds of variables to meet your needs (it goes with out
saying you can massively imbalance the game this way too!).

Democracy2 also introduces a new area of the game -> The 'Encyclopedia'. This is
basically an additional, optional 'tab' of background reading, statistical data and other
information that is shown on each detailed page for policies, simulation values, voter
groups and situations. Some of the game already has encyclopedia data collected and
entered, so even out-of-the-box, the game comes with a wealth of real-world data on
topics such as relative tax rates, the history of pollution controls, and how trade unionism
started. However, the text that's already in-game is just the beginning. Anyone can add
more encyclopedia pages or can edit the existing ones, and just drop the extra text files
into the right directory. Maybe you would like completely different text for some policies
and statistics? perhaps including references to coursework or page numbers in text
books? It's all trivially modded.

As with the first game, we can provide discounted copies of the game, and even site
licenses on request, at reasonable cost. The exact amounts vary depending on
requirements, so the best thing to do is to contact us at the following address:

Do you crave power? Could you do a better job of running the country than the people
currently in charge? Are you sick of corrupt politicians making stupid decisions that
benefit only themselves? Could you keep enough of the population happy to win re-
election, and still turn around the economy and deal with the national debt? Be warned
it's not as easy as it sounds...
Democracy 2 is the ultimate political strategy / simulation game. Based on a complex
Neural network, the game simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in
the country. As president or prime minister, it's your job to balance the need for income
from taxes against the demands of the voters. Do you want your country to be an eco-
friendly green paradise? or a socialist utopia? Will you pander to the patriots, the liberals
or the religious pressure groups? Can you keep crime under control without destroying
the civil liberties of your citizens?

Democracy 2 looks daunting at first, but the game is easy to pick up once you understand
the basic principle behind it. An innovative user-interface shows the relationships
between everything in the game just by hovering your mouse over an object. The game is
'turn based', so it's the ideal game for those who prefer an intelligent, cerebral game. The
amount of actions you can take each turn is limited, so you will need to think carefully if
you are doing the right thing.
"When all is said and done, Democracy 2 far outshines Democracy 1 in every way
imaginable" - Review by gamer20.com

The key to the game are the policy 'sliders' that let you adjust how your government runs.
You can raise or lower taxes with a slider, or even adjust education policy, or workers
rights in exactly the same way. This system makes for a game that is easy to learn and
difficult to master.

Democracy 2 covers the whole range of political opinion and policy, from debates over
stem cell research and school prayer, through the provision of state health care and
benefit payments to the unemployed, right across to tax shelters for the wealthy, the death
penalty, military spending and civil rights. regardless of where you stand on political
topics, you will have the option to put your ideology to the test. This newer version of the
game has a vastly increased selection of policies, far greater accuracy of simulation, and
subtlety of gameplay, and also features a selection of real world statistical data for
comparison to help you put political choices in context.

Also new to Democracy 2 is the concept of cabinet ministers. Each area of policy now
has a minister, appointed by you, and with their own loyalty and political opinion. You
need to keep the ministers happy if you are to generate enough 'political capital' to
successfully push through the more controversial policies. In Democracy 2, every policy
has a varying level of controversy which will affect how easily it is changed. Introduce
school buses? no problem, but attempt to introduce or repeal the death penalty of military
conscription and you can expect to need strong political backing!
The game also has a totally re coded voter system. You no longer have a voter who is just
a socialist, motorist and a farmer, but they have 'fractional' membership of many groups.
You have hardcore (100%) motorists who will drive no matter what, and casual motorists
who only use a car occasionally and are easily persuaded on to public transport. This
system works throughout the game to give Democracy 2 an even finer and subtler
simulation. Voters also join and leave political parties, and have a variable tendency to
vote. They can even join terrorist organizations when especially upset.
"Several times during play, I found myself making political decisions that elicited my
super-villain laugh." - Review by HarryBalls.com

Democracy 2 comes with a free playable demo so you can see exactly what you are
getting, hosted directly by us on a fast no-wait, no ads direct download. You buy the
game directly from us, the developers, with no middle men, and no need to wait for a CD,
as the game is provided as a 'digital download'. What are you waiting for? Your country
needs you...

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