Running a democratic country is tough. I’ve recently gotten my hands on Democracy 3, a game that tries to simulate the complexities of running a democratic society. You’re probably thinking to yourself that that sounds fun. Well, it was at first. In my first (and only game to date), I took control of Canada. How tough could it be to run a measly country of roughly 35 million? A lot harder than I thought.
I started enacting policies that appeal to the middle class, just to see my appeal with the capitalists subside. How did I combat that? Easy enough, I lowered taxes for the wealthy. Well, I quickly realized that it’s not all fun and games. Each action has a reaction, and sometimes that reaction can have a snowball effect!
To make a long story short, I failed to run a country. Sure, I managed to give Canada a considerable surplus… but ended with just a 4% approval rating at the end of my term. It’s safe to say that I was not re-elected.
By playing this game, and only for a short while, I did gain some appreciation for the balancing act of being a politician and running a country. The various policies that the game threw at you also gave me some idea of what types of political issues and questions that come up day after day.
I do recommend that everyone take a stab at the game, or at least spend a few minutes thinking how you’d run this country.