“Agricultural and poor, with high political apathy.”
Yup. Thats Zambeezia alright. the equivilant of Afghanistan without the war. Everyone farms, dies broke, is beaten routinely by the man, and doesnt give a dingle about the vote. By virtue of being a member of the %0.003 percent of the population that does um…give a dingle…about politics, it was an easy matter to wrestle the mantle of power from the last guy and run the show for a while. Or, as the game itself often points out during a change in turns:
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
So, lets see what this inferior can do with what we got:
El Presedente. I like the title. Ok, lessee…Skills shortage…crap. What else…pollution, big deal, tech backwater…figures…disease…blah blah blah homelessness.
Its the skills shortage that I dont like. That in combination with the Technology Backwater scare me actually. A double Knockout to the GDP, which goes a way in explaining why this country is so darn poor.
The economic cycle is probably at or near its peak, and its completely mitigated by the skills shortage. Damn. Because the Economic cycle is well, cyclical, I can expect it to turn to crap after a few turns, which will only excaserbate the problem.
I make it my mantra to do three things in my tenure as El Presidente:
- Take care of the Skills Shortage and Tech. Backwater Problems to help the GDP
- Fight crime and lower the big brother footprint at the same time (for many reasons) and,
- Win the re-election
First. I Introduce, then max out university grants to the maximum level. This should help with the skills shortage.
Import tarrifs are evil. I get rid of them totally. This jacks up international trade in a big way, which increases GDP directly. Also, I max out community policing. Crime is on the back burner for now, but you have to be aware of delayed effects in politics. Things don’t happen overnight. Lets let that simmer…
By the end of the second turn, Im already getting results:
It might be a while before I actually get the results I want. In the meantime, I need to apply some ounces of prevention.
This game loves to have people riot over gas, so so petrol tax gets dropped from punitive to fair, somewhere around 1/3 its maximum value. I spend a few points on maxing out science funding, and in the next turn, I introduce state schools.
By turn 5, I have this:
The skills shortage is taken care of. One down.
I spend capital on introducing technical colleges. The turn after that, I introduce an unemployment benefit to try to chip away at poverty and indirectly crime.I also need votes, and this should help.
Its around turn 7. The Global Economy is slowing down.
Im still ahead of the game I think… I’m still in deficit but only by about a billion dollars, so my debt is still manageable (deficit is how much you lose per turn, and debt is how much you owe in total). I decide to put the petal to the metal and put these farmers to work for themselves for a change… Corporate Tax is dropped massively.
The next turn im treated to a 5 billion dollar surplus. Talk about stimulus!
I have some political capital, so I have a look at the liberal population. While both hating AND loathing me because of all the armed police asking for their papers wherever they go and NOT thinking its a joke when they get zigzags, I decide to do them a favor and cancel manditory national service.
As an aside, whenever I recieved a “dilemma” from the end turn button, I ALWAYS favor the one that will increase trade or help the liberals. The liberals represent a large chunk of the population. This is one of the main reasons for the second overall goal: to get the liberal vote. Im having a hardtime getting above 50% in the overall population however… the best ive done is hover around 20%, but I dont have time to worry about that now, which I hope I dont regret later…
The next turn I still have a surplus, but only by about a billion dollars. Seems the honeymoon is over for the zambeezian dot com industry. I introduce, then max out spending on technical grants to try to keep that bubble from bursting.
Its turn 10. Police force funding is increased from 1.49Billion to 1.96Billion. In retrospect this is a bad move… the liberal vote is more important here…
Turn 11. Tobacco Tax is repealed. This action is an effort to reduce poverty, therby reducing crime. The extra votes dont hurt either, assuming they come out to vote in the first place.
Heres the situation at turn 12:
Its getting close to the election. Id better start thinking of a way to get the vote. I do what every good politician does and whore myself to the lowest common denominator before the election i.e. “choosing my platform” actually begins:
When I get asked about my platform, I choose to abolish the inheritance tax, and increase lifespan by 10%. I check the odds:
Looks dicey as hell. To help make sure I get the percentages I need I drop the sales tax in a big way. I’m pumped. This election is going to be close. Then I take a look at the party membership before clicking the end of the final turn:
BOO I SAY!
All this work and I forgot to pander to the masses sooner in order to get their party membership. I work and slave for these people and they waste the Tuesday afternoon of the vote in their homes playing yahtzee. Im thrown from office because I failed to heed the warning given at the very beginning:
“Agricultural and poor, with high political apathy.”
Heres the breakdown:
I should have dropped taxes sooner in the game, maybe pandered to the liberals and other groups a little more and alot sooner to secure party membership. Everything else looked to be in line I think. It really would have helped to abolosh armed police, as it would have both helped with the liberal vote AND save money, but an analysis of the effects of doing that outweighted the bonuses in my judgement:
Perhaps I should have dropped armed police early in the game, spent a ton on regular police and ride it out… I probably would have gotten more party members as well…The debt would have been massive though, because of the economic damages involved in not spending capital on other projects and the effects crime has on, well, everything.
In the end I was replaced as easily was it was for me to replace the last guy. Thats politics in Zambeezia!