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As a Shakespeare and Elizabethan history enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this: the archly humorous musical interludes, the voice acting, the intricate stories and the details you need to keep track of, the impeccable pop-up art style, the colourful cast of characters and the rather sweet portrayal of the protagonist Simon Forman (though we get more than a few hints of darker sides of his character). I've never seen anything quite like it, and I'll look forward to playing back through it at least once more to see some different outcomes. 

Potential players should be warned that notwithstanding the light touch of its delivery, some of the material herein deals with dark topics, including murder, torture, xenophobia and xenophobic violence, harassment and stalking, and sexual exploitation and predation. It's rarely anything stronger than you might find in a typical Shakespeare play, granted... but if you know how dark the Bard can get, then know that this game doesn't remotely shy away from those deeper waters either. 

That doesn't in the least detract, however, from this addictive and profoundly funny gaming experience. Great work by the developers. 

That "economic anxiety" excuse has never really held up so far as I can see, but I won't get too deep into that.

Seemed to manifest as a pretty consistent pattern in about a dozen playthroughs, though granted, it was far from the only secondary preference they had and NatSec was more common. In general, though, I was able to have multiple nativist virtual voters in the front rank of my supporters while doing pretty radically pro-immigrant things provided I did enough pro-worker and pro-socialist things, which doesn't strike me as being how nativism works at all. 

(In general I have questions about nativist voters *allowing* secondary priorities to overrule their nativism in the environment being simulated, but that's a larger question.)

It's not a deal-breaker. Just something that put me on notice about certain ideological things going on. I still had fun.

Essentially a "President Bernie Sanders" simulator -- there are ideological telltales like the conflation of M4A with universal healthcare, or the behaviors of certain virtual voters that hint at a model that assumes that nativist voters will prioritize "socialist" initiatives over racism (as the Sanders campaign was evidently counting on before voters rejected it) -- but it's nevertheless a cool game that offers up interesting and difficult choices and trade-offs, provides a bit of replayability and foregrounds some interesting ideas. Above all, it's fun.