Hi, great game.
I’ll just throw some ideas round. Suggestions:
1 I feel that you should have more choice in selecting ministers to suit your agenda.
2 Ministers sometimes say stupid things, which could be a source for policy dilemmas
3 A space program could be added. Expensive, boosts technology and membership of environmentalist movement.
4 Oil could be found, giving a rise to capitalism, GDP, but a boost to inequality. Or if nationalized, a rise in equality and drain on capitalism.
5 A country could make a bid for the Olympics or another sport tournament, requiring investment in the hopes of a later return.
6 Religious police could be added (like in Iran), as could the option of a state religion.
7 I feel that liberals in the game are too big a group to feel that strongly about certain freedoms. For example, Human rights would be huge liberal issue (example: 30% of population), but no restrictions on guns whatsoever would not spark nearly as strong a pro reaction from that group.
8 A government could auction of the airwaves each year, providing income, or could let the market trade freely.
9 A government could subsidize culture, such a films (like France), boosting patriotism and conservatism, while annoying capitalist and foreign nations.
10 Communal farms could be interesting for socialists, but harm productivity.
11 If the nation is producing a lot of energy, it is likely to be exporting it, and it should become a part of foreign policy and income.
12 Community service could be a deterrent to crime and a boost to the environment, health, road building and the retired. but take away potential jobs.
13 A government could try to attract educated foreigners without having to pay the cost of their entire training, boosting technology but harming patriotism.
14 A government could try to attract uneducated foreigners once the domestic workforce has become well educated.
15 A government sponsored disaster relief agency, like FEMA.
16 Once international trade is up the country should become more susceptible to the global economy. However as long as it is down, it should not be.
17 the group ‘retired’ should fluctuate in size, like babyboomers (if it already does, forgive me), and so become more or less of a strain on the economy during different decades.
The game is already very good, and there is still so much potential.