I think crime could be really expanded. For example
You should be able to decide were to put your police forces.
If there are large numbers of inner city riots and street gangs in cities then if you build gated communites you can put in large numbers of police in those communites to make the rich or middle class fell safe but the poor would still hate you and people’s fear of crime will go down and so business in middle class communites will rise and the ecomony won’t be as badly effected by crime.
Or if you have a situation like Massive Inner City riots then you should be able to send in Troops to calm the area down. Then you would have to start a Inner City redelevopment policy if you want them cleaned up. As far as the army goes you would only be able to send in as many as you have set for in your Military budget. So if you only have 500 troops for ceremonies you won’t be able to do anything but if you have a Overwhemling force you could use the military to stop all crime. Of course this option is expessive and once you take the troops away and back to the reserves the crime can come back if you didn’t put in a large enough police force or have proper prisons.
And Riots and such should have different levels of severatey. So if it’s just one city in your country it would only take a small increase in police funding for that area. But if it’s a Nationwide riot bazana then you need to raise National Police funding up or send in the military which can deal with the problem faster. But if you send in the military the consequences are
Good:Conseravite, Middle Class, Patriot, Parents
Bad: Poor, Minorities, City dwellers
And the level of force you tell your army to use also determans how large these effects are. So if you tell your army to kill every rioter the Bad ones will hate you and the Good ones will find your severaity frighting. But you just say arrest the rioters and the operation goes well the Good will like you more and the Bad will appecrite your efforts.
With drugs you should be able to decide how much government regulation and taxation there is also.
And like in real life if I add a lot of cops but the prison system is crappy then you won’t get good results. The same should be for the game. If you have lots of cops, cctv cameras, armed police but a broken prison system and minumin dead penalty then crime should still be a problem in some forms.
Also I know the name of the game is Democracy but every democracry in the world isn’t far per say look at China. So I think that there should be more options when it comes to “crime” on the political front. So you could have a task force that elimates different points of view.
P.S Hey Cliffski how long until the next Democracry and what do you have in mind for it?