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Government Simulator Released

Steam now offers the release of Government Simulator for Windows, a chance to go behind the political scene and see how the sausage is made. The Government Simulator website has details on the game and this trailer showing off gameplay that seems to borrow from Excel, everyone's favorite video game, featuring graphs, pie charts, and other action packed elements. Word is: "In this economic and political simulation game, you can take control of a whole country, like the USA, Germany, France, Russia, Switerland [sic], or Austria. Change laws, taxes and budgets based on real world statistics and data, and see what happens." Here's more on the game, and its use of real-world data:

In the game, you can for example:

  • Turn the USA into a social paradise or even a dictatorship
  • Start a war with Mexico
  • Make Russia a capitalist utopia
  • Turn Germany into a third world country
  • Experiment with universal basic income
  • Introduce a cash ban, nuclear phase-out, or diesel ban
  • and much more

The game simulates a whole country: Population, debt, GDP, economic growth, unempolyment, crime, life expectancy, birth rate, mortality rate, state of the infrastructure and so on. The player can adjust budgets, taxes, laws, and see what the outcome is.

The game is running on real-world data. Meaning everything is based on real values: If you play as the USA, the debt, income, expenditures, crime rate, unemployment rate, etc. you start with is based on the actual, real values of the USA. For example if you lower a tax rate, you'll see what the simulation calculates as new values afterwards, in dollars, people, crimes per 100.000, interest rate, life expectancy in years, and similar.

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