I havent seen any strategy type/AAR (after action reports) posts on this forum, so I thought I’d flex my rookie muscles and make one. Ive ony been playing this game for a few days, but Im big on games like these, and Im starting to get a good feel for it. Some of you guys can whip this game sideways, others can’t. Heres some suggestions for the second group:
Malaganga is a debt ridden stinkhole riddled with problems. What a perfect target for a grand social experiment!
Heres the situation going in:
Lotsa crime. Lotsa health problems. Wasteful, backwards economy. Homelessness.
Im the liberal party, and the conservatives represent the opposition. Notice the population of drinkers in the picture below (or above, for that matter). A lousy 34%. The first thing I do in office is sign a law repealing all liquor laws. Im looking to create an entire demographic which I can both tax and use to influence the overall vote.
There isn’t enough capital to do much else, so I just end the turn.
Hmm. 20 billion dollar deficit huh? We’ll deal with that in a way that only a liberal can: Spend like crazy!
Spending for state schools: increased by approximately 2 billion dollars
Spending on College Grants: Increased by 2 notches
Spending for Community policing: Increased to the maximum value
Spending for Police Services: Increased by appoximately 1 billion dollars
Spending for Science Funding: Increased to the maximum value
Introduction of Small Business Grants
Introduction of Rural Grants
Introduction of Technology Grants
Its taken several turns to build up the political capital necessary to do all of this. However, a few things are starting to kick in, namely:
Overall popularity is increasing because of the lowered crime + increased schooling
The homelessness problem has resolved itself because of all the jobs, presumably brought about by the business grants. This is further reducing the crime problem, and all of it taken care of without increasing spending at all directly on wellfare. Gang Warfare disappears along with the homeless. Funny how that works.
The increased spending on education is having the dual inpact of both reducing the technology backwater problem AND crime.
All of this, however, comes at a cost. Im starting to get debt warnings now. My economy is such however that the extra jobs are starting to pay for the investment, and im running under 10billion deficiet per month.
Now, lets have a look again at those drunks. Everyone in Malaganga can drink, which has had quite the effect over time:
75% of the country drinks, and they arent pissed at me. Woot! Time to milk this herd!
Notice that I dropped the actual amount from its default. Why? because hidden under my mouse cursor in the screenshot is a thin sliver of green that forms when you drop it, encouraging the cattle er…drinkers to increase in numbers, even if they dont like me as much anymore.
The extra income helps, and that combined with a property tax allowed me to generate a surplus. Of course it helps if the planet is doing well on that front as well.
By this time the first election is due. I pick the two things that are easiest to deal with once I start the new term, namely to repeal the tobacco tax and to increase lifespan by 10%. They sound contradictory I know, but one of the very cool things about this game is the effect caused by indirect actions, as demonstrated earlier when I increased spending on education to clean up the homeless. Anyway…
Heres how it looks just before the election. ~45% of the vote is mine, according to the start turn report:
Time to buy some votes. Just enough to keep my job. The debt ceiling is almost reached, but its meaningless if I can’t get back into office…Here goes nothin’
The result of which was this:
Huzzah! Now that Ive stabilized the economy and have ‘political capital’, I have to work on my debt… Oh well, so much for being popular over the next election cycle… I’d better start spending money on intelligence services now to prevent an assination attempt once extremest groups start popping up everywhere in responce to my policies…