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The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time 

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List Rules Vote up the best video games in the government simulation genre.

This is a list of the best government simulation games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated government simulation games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest government simulation games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these government simulation games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging government simulation games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new government simulation games.

List ranges from Tropico 3 to Balance of Power, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best government simulation games?" and "What is the greatest government simulation game of all time?" After you are finished voting, head on over and vote on the best psychological horror games of all time.

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Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Crusader Kings II is a grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings. It was released for ...more

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Link: http://www.nationstates.net/ 

NationStates is a nation simulation game. Create a nation according to your political ideals and care for its people. Or deliberately oppress them. It's up to you.

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Democracy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Democracy is a government simulation game that was first developed by Positech Games in 2005, with a sequel released in December 2007 and a third game in 2013. The player plays as if they are ...more
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Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Haemimont Games)
Tropico 3 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. Like the previous games in the series, Tropico 3 is a construction and management simulation game with ...more
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Hearts of Iron 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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SuperPower 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (GolemLabs)
SuperPower 2 is a real-time strategy wargame developed by Canadian based GolemLabs and published by DreamCatcher Games in 2004, following SuperPower. It was released between October 11 and ...more
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Link: https://politicsandwar.com/ 

Create and Conquer Through Diplomacy, Economy, and War!
 

Politics & War is a free to play browser based persistent mmo game where you create your own nation and rule it. Forced to make gruelling political decisions you are truly in charge in Politics & War. Play together with friends and strangers, pit your armies against each other and wage war, or work together cooperatively for mutual prosperity. In Politics & War you call the shots.
 

Politics & War is not your run-of-the-mill nation simulation game. Its dynamic mechanics and scenarios are always forcing you to think about each decision carefully before making the final call. Many variables come into play, such as your commerce rate, crime rate, pollution, and much more. You are truly in charge, you decide what the national flag is, what your economic and social policies are, and how you build your nation and interact with others. Construct great cities; build stadiums and subways and power plants. The options are limitless.
 

Signing up to play is free and it only takes a few minutes a day to manage your nation and its people. Invite your friends to play with you and earn rewards, band together with them and create a force to be reckoned with. It all starts with the click of a button.

29,722 nations have been simulated to date! 3,929 nations exist now, 1,804 nations have been active in the last week, and 384 nations have been active today. 410 new nations have been created this week, and 12 nations have been created today.

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Victoria 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Democracy 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
MythicalArmy added Released: 2013 (Positech Games)
Democracy 3 is a BAFTA Video Games Awards nominated video game.
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Particracy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Tropico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Tropico is a series of construction and management simulation computer games developed by PopTop Software and published by Gathering of Developers in April 2001. Feral Interactive has developed ...more

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President Forever 2008 +... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
President Forever 2008 + Primaries is a political simulation game that incorporates realism mixed with fiction. It simulates United States presidential elections and primary elections in 1960, ...more
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Shadow President is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (DC True)
Shadow President is a geopolitical simulation video game released in 1993 for the PC by DC True containing elements of cyberpunk and dark science-fiction. The game has a sequel called
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Laws of Civilization is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Link: http://somniumsoft.com

Laws of Civilization is a turn-based political simulation game for mobile platforms. The player takes control of a party to run for election and get the most seats as possible in parliament. Once inside the plenary, the parties compete to approve or abolish laws and satisfact their supporters. Each law has an effect on country's happiness, as well as on other factors such as safety, environment and healthcare. Black money plays a great role as it can be used for any illegal/unmoral activities like corruption or assassinations. The game rules written in the constitution are editable too.

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Citystate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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Create a 21st century micro-nation and experiment with your political ideals. Futuristic downtowns or spreading slums, the nation’s success relies on your choices and your economic and city planning skills.

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Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 1985 (Chris Crawford)
Balance of Power is a computer strategy game of geopolitics during the Cold War, created by Chris Crawford and published in 1985. The game is notable for engaging the player in brinkmanship.
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Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Commander in Chief, also known as Geo-Political-Simulator is a government simulation game that places you as the head of state of virtually any nation that existed on January 1, 2009. Players ...more
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Crisis in the Kremlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Spectrum HoloByte)
Crisis in the Kremlin is a 1991 strategy video game with managerial aspects in which the player acts as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 2017. The player ...more
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The Political Machine 20... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Stardock)
The Political Machine 2008 is a government simulation game from Stardock and the second game in the Political Machine series, in which the player leads a campaign to elect the President of the ...more
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Tropico 6 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 2019 (Limbic Entertainment)
Tropico 6 is a construction, management and political simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media. As in the other games in the series, ...more
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Conflict: Middle East Po... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 1990 (David J Eastman)
Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator, often known as ConfMEPS or simply Conflict, is a turn-based government simulation game. It was designed by David J. Eastman and published by Virgin ...more
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The Political Machine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Stardock)
The Political Machine is a government simulation game from Stardock and the first game in the Political Machine series, in which the player leads a campaign to elect the President of the United ...more
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President Elect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
President Elect is a turn-based, political simulation game, first released by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1981. It would appear to be the first commercially published computer game of its ...more