I’ve been a big fan of Democracy 3. And been eagerly waiting for Democracy 4 to come to steam. But one thing i’ve noticed is that Debt Crisis has been rebalanced to not be as harsh on deficit spending, a balance change i don’t inherently mind. But the way it is implemented right now is absolutely broken it actually ruins the challenge of the game.
The changes that have happened
Basically in D3, you would hit the debt crisis in the US within 2-3 years if you did not balance your budget. But as of D4, this debt crisis requires a lot more deficit spending to trigger.
I managed to trigger a debt crisis 4 years into my playthrough by completely abolishing all taxes except minor taxes. I also gave full funding the State Health Services and the School among other social services. I managed to double the nations total national debt. Multiplied the deficit spending by 20 times. And by the time I actually got the debuff from the Crisis, all the policies I had implemented were more than enough to compensate for the global debuff.
This is 12 years after my election. Quadrupled the national debt, and running with a 2.38 Trillion $ Quarterly deficit. And the debt crisis is having no tangible effect on my approval.
Whilst I don’t mind the developers lessening the effects minor deficit spending has on your country. You should not be able to run a tax-less society for 10+ years with full state services under any circumstances. It completely destroys the fun of trying to balance the budget, when you know not doing so has no real impact on your chances of reelection.