While I very much like what I’ve seen in the game, I have to wonder: why not include various dirty tricks? After all, democracies aren’t exempt from the personal use (or misuse, depending upon your perspective) of power, to keep one’s government in office. Far from it. What about creating a series of special sleaze tactics that could be used with various constituency groups or opponents, as needed, but which would include a small but ever-increasing possibility of being caught as used–with a large fallout from some constituencies?
Take blackmail. You could potentially use blackmail to quiet a scandal, but there’s always the possibiilty that the media will get a whiff of this. Or nepotism: you could use it to reward a financial backer with office. Leak a story to the press that makes an opponent look very bad.