[size=150]Disaster and Emergency Situations Pack[/size]
A Democracy 3 Mod
[size=150]PCGamer.com’s Mod of the Week, 3rd December 2013.[/size]
(I recommend reading the rest of the column too! It gives a really good sense of what the mod contains, and is also generally super nice!)
[size=150]Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/f3lrtosyzz7yz5l/DESPackInstall.exe[/size]
Or in zip format:DESPack.zip (97.2 KB)
The Disaster and Emergency Situations Pack is a collection of 4 new policies, 4 new dilemmas, 12 new situations and 26 new events. All of these are about what happens to your country when things go horribly wrong!
The mod is intended to both add more variety and more challenge to the game, by adding a number of new national level disasters such as major flooding and wildfires. It acts as a balance mod to stop you getting complacent and stop you ever quite reaching too much of a comfortable plateau.
While I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises, the pack now means that almost everything in the UK National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies (gov.uk/government/publicati … 13-edition) is implemented in one form or another in the game. The things that aren’t included are things that are less likely to apply to all countries, like severe snowfall.
However, with all of this doom and destruction, there is a little hope. Four new national agencies can be put in place to help mitigate the effects of these disasters and other national level problems. While these will do little to help with your everyday problems like crime or poor health, they help build up resilience to major disasters. And, when things do go wrong, they step in to help coordinate a national response, further reducing effects. However, they take a long time to get established, so you may find yourself spending a lot of money on them for something that may never actually happen.
It is worth highlighting three things about the pack in particular:
- The pack includes a new kind of event that triggers situations. These events will show up in your quarterly report (such as ‘A new disease is spreading!’) and may have some initial effect, but will be followed by a situation that appears as a red icon on your main view. This keeps the serious disasters in your vision, and allows for their effects to be mitigated (or worsened…) through policies and other simulation values.
- Terrorism has received a major upgrade, both in dangerousness and complexity. Assassination is no longer the most serious terrorist threat. The new terrorist attacks are now managed behind the scenes, and you find that they will tend to come in waves and have the potential to get more dangerous if left uncontrolled. The threat can be managed through the application of force through security policies, such as wiretapping or police drones. This makes liberalism is now a little more risky as an option unless you manage threats to your nation other ways, such as managing your racial tension and foreign relations.
- Events can now trigger ongoing situations which can lead to further events and to dilemmas. After some tourists are kidnapped abroad, will you send your troops to attempt a rescue? And the choices of your dilemmas may have multiple outcomes. The rescue might succeed, bringing the hostages home, or it might fail, leading to them being killed in a firefight.
The National and Organised Crime Agency (NOCA) deals with the kinds of crime regular police have more difficulty with, targeting organised criminals and the infrastructure of crime. While they don’t assist with day to day crime, but in the long term they tackle the big problems of organised crime, black markets and armed robberies.
The Ecological and Natural Disaster Resilience Agency aims to protect the public and businesses from problems such as flooding and wildfires. While they generally cannot be prevented, the effects of natural disasters can usually be reduced.
Widespread diseases amongst humands and animals can reach a level where a local response is insufficient and a coordinated answer is needed to minimise the damage and loss of life. That is the job of the Centre for Pandemics and Major Disease Control (CPMDC), to provide support and coordination to tackle the worst case diseases.
CERR Task Force
The Civil Emergency Resilience and Response (CERR) Task Force aims to prepare the public and businesses for disasters and emergencies, offering advice and coordination to minimise effects and to hasten recovery from everything from plane crashes to major terrorist attacks.
NOTE ON INSTALLATION:
To install, just run the installer and point it at your Democracy 3 directory.
Alternatively, if it’s from the zip, unzip it to where you installed Democracy 3.
In both cases, this will be the folder that contains ‘Democracy3.exe’ (or the equivalent if you’re on Mac or Linux, not sure how either of those work)
- Terrorism balance changes have occured to stop the patriot population getting quite so out of control.
- Which disasters will occur now depends more on the situation in your country. For instance, large CO2 emissions increase the chance of wildfires and flooding over time!
- 4 new terrorist attacks added for greater variety.
- 2 new disasters added for a little more variety and completeness.
- 2 new events that increase and decrease the chance of terrorist attacks added. Thanks to DancingEngie for your suggestion and input on these!
- Added new dilemmas and events for the dilemma-event chains.
- Decreased the frequency of non-terrorism disasters
- Increased the connections between new policies and existing parts of the game
- Made some events more preventable and more manageable.
- Changed the ENDRA icon.
- Some balance changes around terrorism.
This mod is also available in the Steam workshop!