In Zambia, two people were burnt to death in an outbreak of xenophobic violence targeting Rwandans after people were accused of committing a spate of ritualistic killings. Three Danish journalists, covering Ghana’s mining practices for a documentary, had their equipment seized and were physically accosted by the country’s security forces under new media censoring laws that require journalists to get permission before filming and to submit the material for a “Conformity Reality Check” by the Information Services Department. In South Africa, the Constitution is getting its hardest workout in years: our president disrespects it, opposition parties ignore it, and racist social media comments have put its free speech tenets under the microscope.
Democracy 3: Africa (hereafter referred to as D3A) is about these countries. It’s also not. As a “political strategy” game, Positech took on the daunting challenge of modelling ten African democracies and handing you their reins, without proselytising. Whether or not you “fix” these countries is irrelevant: your primary goal is to get re-elected, for as many terms as your Constitution allows. You do this, ideally, through spending political capital – the “currency” generated by your ministers and any authoritarian measures you have in place – to enact and tweak policies that feed into situations and problems that plague your country.