8 Best Government Simulation Games

November  22th, 2022

Victoria: The Victoria series is a deep political strategy game set during the reign of the British Empire, though players are not required to command the empire itself.

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Tropico: In the Tropico series, the player assumes the role of El Presidente of a banana republic during the Cold War, with the goal of remaining in power indefinitely.

SimCity: While most of these games focus on managing a nation or even an empire, SimCity focuses on local politics. In these games, the player takes on the role of the mayor of a fledgling city, tasked with keeping it running as it grows.

Romance Of The Three Kingdoms: Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a historical strategy series about empire management.

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Papers, Please: Papers, Please is not a simulation of what it's like to be in charge of a government, but rather of being a part of a government system that has little regard for the people trapped within it.

Democracy: The Democracy series represents modern-day politics by putting the player in the shoes of their chosen nation's President or Prime Minister. 

Crusader Kings: This game puts the player in the shoes of a king or a land baron aspiring to be king, spreading their influence to expand their kingdom.

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Civilization: While Civilization is not a purely political simulation, it is one of the best games for simulating global politics on a large scale.