Hello. I own Democracy 1 (and had no idea there was a 2!) I bought it way back when, and recently found good use for it while on my commute to work (about an hours worth - makes for a good block of time to play Democracy on my laptop!)
Anyways, I downloaded the demo for Democracy 2, and have seen a screenshot of the election. I also played the USA in Democracy 1 with the House and Senate, and anyways, I have an idea!
I dont know if this will require much programming - perhaps so - but you could sell it as an “expansion pack” if you wanted to!
Here’s my idea:
Each nation has more than 2 parties*. Some nations are Presidential, some are Parliamentary. Since I’m from Canada, and if I understand it right, the developer is from the UK, I will discuss the latter.
Lets take the UK as an example. You could pick, say, to be in the Labour party. Your party will limit what kind of election pledges you could commit to (they’d have to be generally left-wing things) Then at election time, you win a number of seats, and not raw votes. Say you win 350 - then you win a majority and everyone is happy. But what if there is a hung Parliament? Well that’s the fun part because then you get to try to work with another party - one that would give you a majority. They would demand you do something, for example (Reduce Income Taxes by 10% in 2 years) And if you miss the deadline, they pull the rug out from under you, and you could lose the game outright, or go to an election. You could, however, try to bargain with the other party, who will demand something that will have a shorter deadline (reduce corporate taxes by 20% in 6 months) The more parties the more fun it could be!
In Presidential systems, you could just modify this to have lack of control of one house reduce your political power, and both houses, means the other party(ies) demand stuff as above.
Anyways. Democracy 2 seems like a great game and at the end of the week if I can save up the money I will buy it!
[size=85]*= they do not have to, but rather can[/size]