Good job on the game. I haven’t played any of the previous titles, but I’ve bought Democracy 3 on launch day because I’ve always wanted to have a complex political sim in my library.
It’s a very educational experience, the user interface is spot on, and the various statistics & data are informative. Great work there!
One thing I found lacking, after having done 5 runs (all being max. 2 year terms), is that there’s not much of a challenge - it’s too easy to succeed with any given country!
I’ve played through France on 200% difficulty, and maybe I just got lucky but it wasn’t that harder than completing the US on 100% diff., with 96% approval, GDP health crime poverty etc. all the vital indicators maxed out (green).
Having said that, I believe the way to increase difficulty and provide a real challenge would be to come up with more random events that really do affect your country, and also introduce some kind of a “mission system” - goals that for one reason or another are vital to succeeding in your term. I’m not sure this can’t be covered by modding the game, but I’m no means an expert on this.
Perhaps playing North Korea somehow, where the public, after having been brainwashed for decades is “expecting you” to launch a space program for the glory of the People, however impoverished your country might be. In this case though, you wouldn’t really have to contend for votes, rather maybe just having to keep other nations from going to war with you.
War, for example is completely missing.
Interaction with other countries, like trading, energy exchange, shared borders, military union, etc. would be a great feature, though requiring more development I assume.
Anyway I’m happy I’ve bought Democracy 3, and have found the educational value to be very high!