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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
AdrianFry added 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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AttackOfTheDirt added Jennifer Government: NationStates 2002

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.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationStates

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nationstates-198116173560528/

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/NationStates/

Forums: https://forum.nationstates.net/

List of Moderators: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=85133

Max Barry's Website: http://maxbarry.com/

Max Barry Facebook(Official): https://www.facebook.com/MaxBarryOfficial

Max Barry Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxbarry

Max Barry Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxbarry

 Max Barry YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/maxbarry/

 Max Barry Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/parsim

Resume of Gregory Rubin:  https://www.nationstates.net/~salusasecondus/

Reploid Productions' Blog: http://repprodthemod.blogspot.co.uk/

NSWiki.org: http://nswiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

NSWiki.org Archive: http://archive.nswiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

NSIndex Wiki: https://nsindex.net/wiki/Home

WikiStates Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://wikistates.outwardhosting.com/*

NSWiki.net Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://nswiki.net/*

IIWiki(roleplay wiki): http://iiwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page

WikiStates(Wikia): http://nationstates.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

 NationStates.wiki: http://nationstates.wiki/

Jennifer Government: NationStates is a multiplayer government simulation browser game. It was created by Max Barry and was publicly released on 13 November 2002, based loosely on his novel ...more

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Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
2009 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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Democracy is listed (or ranked) 4 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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SuperPower 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
2004 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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Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
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AttackOfTheDirt added Politics & War 2014

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/politicsandwar/

Old YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_6VH91VfX9llRClclEA2A

New YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AjWinchell/

Alex Winchell's Website: http://alexwinchell.com/

 Alex Winchell's Website Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://alexwinchell.com/*

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Particracy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
Lohengrin added Particracy 2005 http://classic.particracy.net/

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Tropico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
ZacharyHoyte added 2001 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 + Prima... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
President Forever 2008 + Primaries 2006 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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Democracy 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
MythicalArmy added Democracy 3 Democracy 3 is a BAFTA Video Games Awards nominated video game.

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Hearts of Iron 4 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
MythicalArmy added Hearts of Iron 4

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Victoria 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
MythicalArmy added Victoria 2

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Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1985 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) 15 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
2008 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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Shadow President is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1994 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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Citystate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
AndySztark added Citystate

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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AttackOfTheDirt added Supremacy 1914 2009 Link: http://www.supremacy1914.com/

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The Political Machine 2008 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
2008 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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Crisis in the Kremlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1991 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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Conflict: Middle East Politica... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1990 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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Laws of Civilization is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
DamianDalBrunsin added Laws of Civilization 2018

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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President Elect is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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Cyber Nations is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
AttackOfTheDirt added Cyber Nations 2006

Link: http://www.cybernations.net/ 

Cyber Nations is a free browser-based nation simulation game. Create a nation and decide how you will rule your people by choosing a government type, a national religion, tax rate and more. Build your nation according to your choosing by purchasing infrastructure to support your citizens, land to expand your borders, technology to increase your effectiveness, and military to defend your national interests.

Develop improvements for your nation such as harbors to enhance your ability to trade with other nations, build clinics and hospitals to increase your total population, and invest in schools and universities to increase your people's literacy rate. Finance national wonders like great temples and monuments or expand beyond the confines of this world by building colonies on the Moon and Mars. Trade with other players, build formidable alliances, wage wars against your enemies, assist others with foreign aid, spy on suspected rogue nations. It's all up to you. How will you rule your nation?

 Wiki: http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Wikipedia(Finnish): https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Nations

 Forums: http://forums.cybernations.net/

Cyber Nations Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cybernations.net

Planet Realm Twitter: https://twitter.com/planetrealm

 Other Links: http://www.cybernations.net/stats.asp

Cyber Nations is a massive multiplayer online geo-political simulator. Players assume the role of a national leader of a fictional nation they create and then run. Cyber Nations was created by ...more

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AttackOfTheDirt added Miniconomy 2002

Link: https://www.miniconomy.com/ 

It is January 2042. The world is crowded with large and grey buildings. Shops do not exist anymore. People of all nations live together. The world is one trade nation and is dominated by computers. Except for one place. Welcome to Miniconomy.

The online economy game with limitless possibilitiesIn the free-to-play browser-based game Miniconomy you can trade with thousands of other players. Apart from trading, you can also make a career by being a police officer (), mayor of one of the many cities (), real estate agent (), bank manager () or even president (). Miniconomy has a great community with active and friendly players.

In the virtual economy, where everyone is on a mission and everyone plays a role, it's up to you to choose how you live your virtual life: Will you be going for riches, power, new friends, or would you rather be a politician?

It's up to you: in Miniconomy anything is possible!

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniconomy

Official Wiki: http://doc.miniconomy.com/

Unofficial Wiki: http://miniconomy.wikia.com/wiki/Miniconomy_Wiki

Recruitment: http://www.rednaxclinic.com/Logs/clubs.php?Clubs=MC%20Recruitment%2099.php
Miniconomy is an online, browser based, economic and trade simulation game developed in the Netherlands. The game has over 141,000 registered players from 100 different countries that can play ...more

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AttackOfTheDirt added Project Terra Nation Simulation Game 2011

Link: https://project-terra.com/
 

Project Terra is an advanced, complex, and free online nation simulation game that aims for total realism through continuous development and improvements. This game presents the player with thousands of options. Choose from among various government systems, which laws you wish to propose, a mega-city's worth of buildings to construct, what resources to trade (and which resources you will keep), all while managing your population and workforce, and building, researching, and deploying numerous military units. With over 50 complex, interactive nation variables allowing you to lead a revolution, form a new nation, and rule it as you choose!


Create a leader and forge a powerful nation reflecting your goals and values, from a military superpower to an industrial powerhouse. Your population, resources, and income all grow in real time and make use of some advanced coding features. The best way to find out about the game is to register and play for free!

Forums: http://forum.project-terra.com/

Wiki: http://project-terra.wikia.com/wiki/Project_Terra_Wiki

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ptgame/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Project_Terra

Google+: https://plus.google.com/103868033314896279863/posts

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The Political Machine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
2004 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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AttackOfTheDirt added StarStrife 2012(development started then) Forums: http://alexwinchell.com/StarStrife/forums

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WesleyDing added Clout: the Game

Clout is a text-based satirical political “simulator” of sorts where you play as a member of the US Federal Congress, but with a darkly humorous twist. http://www.kongregate.com/games/delosford/clout-the-game

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ERepublik is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
AttackOfTheDirt added ERepublik

Link: https://www.erepublik.com/ 

A new world is emerging. Your country needs YOU!

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ERepublik

eRepublik Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eRepublik

eRepublik Labs Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eRepublikLabs/

 Blog: https://blog.erepublik.com/

Official Wiki: http://wiki.erepublik.com/index.php/Main_Page

Unofficial Wiki: http://erepublik101.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

 Forums: https://forum.erepublik.com/
eRepublik is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game, web browser game developed by eRepublik Labs which was launched on October 21, 2008 and is accessible via the Internet. The game is ...more

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Hidden Agenda 1988 Hidden Agenda is a computer strategy game with menu-driven interface and early, black and white graphics whose scenario was designed and written in 1988 by Jim Gasperini, with input from project ...more

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AttackOfTheDirt added Pixel Nations 2012

Link: http://www.pixelnations.net/ 

Archive Link: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.pixelnations.net/* 

Pixel Nations is a real time continuous free to play browser based nation simulation game. Build your nation from the ground up and rule over it as you see fit. You choose your flag, government type, national religion, ethnicity, and more! Will your nation be a safe haven for those seeking freedoms or will you oppress dissidents of the government? In this world there are virtually limitless ways in which to play. You can focus on your economy, your military might, being a diplomatic leader or a hermit regime. Customize everything even down to how many police stations or libraries each of your cities has! Construct national wonders that citizens from around the world will marvel at. Trade with other nations, wage war with your friends or create coalitions and work together with other countries to give yourself an advantage. The choices are yours to make in Pixel Nations!  In Pixel Nations your primary task is managing your nation and its citizens. Factors like Crime, Unemployment, Literacy, and Happiness are key indicators as to how well your nation is doing. Nations start out with a Capital City that they must manage and take care of, and as their nation grows can build additional cities. Cities bring in more population to your nation, which in turn results in more income taxes. Aside from Cities, players can build great Marvels, which are feats of engineering or great structures that benefit their nation. Additionally, players can research items that also benefit their nation. There are endless possibilities in this game!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pixelnations/

Pixel Nations Wiki: http://pixelnations.wikia.com/wiki/Pixel_Nations_Wiki

Wiki Forums: http://pixelnations.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Forum

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/pixelnations/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AjWinchell/videos

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AttackOfTheDirt added Martian Empires 2013

Link: http://www.martianempires.net/ 

Archive Link: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.martianempires.net/*

Create Your Colony, Battle For Supremacy!

Welcome to Martian Empires, a text-based simulation game where you get to create and customize your own Martian Colony! Once created, you can focus on a strong economy by mining rocks from the Martian soil, or become a strong warlord and overcome others by conquering them. There's no right or wrong answer in Martian Empires, the decisions are yours! Play with friends, form and fight Factions, watch your colony grow, it's up to you!

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AjWinchell/videos

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1982 Great Britain Ltd is a British nation-simulation game originally released in 1982 for the BBC Micro and ZX Spectrum. The game was written and published by Simon W Hessel. The game provides a ...more

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PeaceMaker 2007 PeaceMaker is a video game developed by ImpactGames, and published in February 2007 for Windows and Mac OS. It is a government simulation game which simulates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...more

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AttackOfTheDirt added NationStates 2 2008

Link: http://www.nationstates2.com/ 

Archive Link: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.nationstates2.com/*

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationStates#NationStates_2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ns2game

Wiki: http://nationstates2.wikia.com/wiki/NationStates_2

Roleplay Wiki: http://ns2rp.wikia.com/wiki/Nation_States_2_RP_Wiki

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CyberJudas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1996 CyberJudas is a presidential simulation video game for MS-DOS-compatible computers, and is the sequel to Shadow President. CyberJudas contains many of the same cyberpunk/dark science fiction ...more

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AttackOfTheDirt added Pixel Kingdoms 2013

Link: http://pixelkingdoms.net/ 

Old Link: http://pixelnations.site11.com/index.php 

Archive Link: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://pixelkingdoms.net/* 

Pixel Kingdoms is a massively multiplayer online role playing game where players become the leader of their own fictional kingdom and make decisions that effect not only themselves but other players as well.

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AjWinchell/videos

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America Daitōryō Senkyo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Government Simulation Games of All Time
1988 America Daitōryō Senkyo is a Family Computer government simulation video game about the 1988 election for the President of the United States of America.