Australia and religion


#1

I’m not sure why the other countries in the game have realistic percentages for their primary religions, but Australia is shown to have Christianity at 91.2%. Not only is this WAY above the others by 20-30% but it is also grossly inaccurate to the real-world Australia. Over here in the Land Down Under, according to our last Census (just done 2 years ago), Christianity was just 61.14%.

I cannot understand why Australia is portrayed as being the most pious in the game, when in the real-world, we are one of the least pious of the 6.

Despite the Census data, if you asked Australians directly “Do you believe in God/a god? Yes/No”, then you’d likely get a 50/50 split.

I haven’t played my own country yet (trying to run the US into the ground first…) because I am uncertain how the religion thing will affect gameplay, if at all. I guess I’ll find out soon…


#2

My exact thoughts when I saw the stats on Australia, “This is definitely wrong”. They must have got the stats from 1901. Religious nuts tried to assassinate me twice!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Australia

Where can I give this to the Devs so they can update? Or can anyone tell me where i can modify this in the game? Maybe a mod?


#3

What % of the country is this or that religion doesn’t matter to the gameplay. What does matter is the amount of people in the religious group (or more accurately the fundamentalist group).


#4

In my first game as PM of the U.K. (in which I was PM for 52 consecutive years, and was assassinated in the end after 9 nearly consecutive attempts), I successfully eliminated religion (like, completely, down to 0.00% (0 members)) pretty early in the game.

The problem was that I added and maxed out vouchers about 45 years in and that made about 70% of the U.K. go capitalist and hate me for the big redistributive (bordering on socialist) gov’t that gave them the vouchers in the first place.

Ironically, because the other party basically went away by my fourth term, I never got an election under 75% support and 90% of voters except for my first few. In one election the opposition was about 250,000 votes.

Yeah, it is kind of amazing what I could do with 36 political capital a turn, no religious voters, fanatical support from my super-effective cabinet, $600 Bn/quarter of income, (in the UK, that is), $500 Bn of reserves for dealing with the unending cycle of global market collapses (which would send my surplus/deficit to $100 Bn in either direction sometimes, thus, the $500 Bn of reserves), and guaranteed re-election no matter what I did. I could implement or cancel any policy I wanted on a whim. Every single welfare policy was in-place and maxed. Almost all transport was the same. I probably got a noble prize every couple years and a scientific discovery even more frequently. Credit rating was locked at maximum. Patriots loved me despite only sometimes having a military that could even be called well-trained. Crime? Unemployment? Poverty? Illness? Illiteracy? What are those? Everything but GDP was optimized (GDP was hovering between yellow and green thanks to my changing the various different taxes once every few terms). I’m quite sure that If I had put more stringent security and reduced the Vouchers, I could have been king of the U.K. for centuries. Of course, there were some slight downsides. I had an income tax hovering from 55-70%. A carbon tax that tended to be in the 60s of %. A small sales tax, a 1-10% flat tax… But overall, my people’s GDP was still very high, so I guess the tax worked at making money to help people.

Anyway, yeah, I think in general, the game overestimates religion outside the U.S.


#5

You can change it manually on the Australia files in your game’s folder. I’m not sure what I did to change this because I made the Brazilian mod a while ago and I don’t have the game where I am right now, but if you’re still interested in this I can edit when I get home and let you know!