First of all, Democracy 2 is a great idependent game, I have to say. Really nice.
As a libertarian from Germany I wonder why it’s not possible to develop your country to a free, volontary and stateless society (or at least a minimal state). Don’t tell me, that the game is called “Democracy” and that abolishing state would mean to abolish a democratic system too.
But what about a minarchist or minimal state? And where are the policies pushing market based / volotary solutions for problems in society?
Some few of this policies are implemented now (e.g. Recommendation of “Gated Communities”, (Re-)Legalize Protitution, alcohol and tobacco laws (you can set them to no regulation) etc), but they just don’t matter and don’t give a liberty oriented player the tools needed to get rid of government interference and let the market regulate itself.
Some ideas for libertarian policies in the various fields:
(“Name” – Desc. – Influcences/Effects)
“Private Charity” – Government encourages private charity instead of funding welfare state programs e.g. by information, advertising and awards for social entrepreneurs etc. – Influenced by average income (the higher the less charity is needed) and taxes, mainly by sales, income and corporation tax (the higher the taxes the less money is available for private welfare by organizations and individuals). Also influenced by governmental welfare programs (the more state funded welfare the less private charity available). / Socialists, state employees and poor don’t like it (at start, after some time positive), capitalists, wealthy, religous people (strenghens religous charity organisations) like it. Private Charity not that effective (compared to state-funded programs) at start, becoming more and more effective over time.
“Private Security Forces” – Government encourages private security forces instead of state-funded police. – Influenced by gun laws (the more restrictive gun laws the less effective private security), average income (the higher the a. income the more people can afford private security), (amount spent for) state-funded police / Socialists, Liberals, Religous, state emloyees, poor don’t like it, capitalists and wealthy like it, middle income like it, if middle income is relativly high.
“Open Borders” / “No Border Controls” (as an option for “Border Controls”) – Government is not controling immigration and emigration at all. – Increases immigration to a max (if high GDP) and emmigration (especially of skilled labour) to a max (if low GDP). Increases crime/violent crimeaccording to how strong labour market is regulated, especially if minimum wage exists and labour laws are “pro union”.
More to follow.