10 Tips to Rule Effectively in Tropico 4
Tropico. You would think that ruling a Caribbean Paradise is an easy job. All you have to do is sit back in your comfy chair, while soaking some exotic drink, from time to time telling your army to prod the people to work more. It’s far more demanding than that, both in life and in Tropico 4. Tropico 4 is not just about making money, it is also about keeping your people happy, and that is by no means an easy task. Unhappy people mean Revolts and Rebels. A disgruntled Military means a Coup d’etat. A frustrated USA or USSR means invasion. You have to watch out for multiple things, that could mean the difference between your small island’s survival or ultimate downfall.
This short list of tips aims at providing you with some ideas to keep your nation prosperous and happy. It is by no means a full Guide, but if you are stuck, or need the extra push I do hope you will find it here. Looking for something more expansive? We now have a Tropico 4 Guide for Industrialists, as well as one for the Modern Capitalists!
10 Tips to Rule Effectively in Tropico 4
There are a few things to look at while ruling in Tropico 4. Your Industry/Economy, your People, Internal and International Affairs. Each of these areas will be, at least in part, covered.
1. Exploit the Land – Your island always has some resource that can be used, or even abused. If you have Gold, Iron or Bauxite you should dig it out. If you have Oil, pump it out. Very good land for farming? Place farms everywhere. Incredibly beautiful Island? Build Hotels and expand your Tourism. At the very start of the game you might be even forced to invest in basic material production, rather than finished goods. It is a start, so if you can build a mine to sell gold, do so. You will need the money. Do not be bothered by the Ecologists, at the start at least. Later on you will have to tone down your destructive tendencies or the people themselves will be unhappy as well.
2. Industry without fuel? – You lack natural resources, and you feel you need something bigger than Tourism? There is a simple solution. In Tropico 4 you can now Import goods from abroad, this includes raw materials for your factories. This means that if you ever ran out of Iron for your Weapons Factory you can import it. Although Imported materials cost money the finished goods you sell back will be worth much more. I sometimes ended up with every single possible factory, while not having most of the material producers, and I made a very handsome profit. Sometimes your island will simply not have a resource and then importing is the only solution. In first order focus on the Industry that you do not have to support through imports. Only once your economy is powerful can you both Import and Export freely. Just make sure you set your Port to “No Limit” in terms of amount of possible imports.
3. Bread and Games and Housing and More… – Your people are a picky bunch, but it is perfectly understandable. Would you want to be hungry, under payed, living in a shack, and without any form of entertainment or healthcare? Considering all this, would you be any happier that you could not pray for things to change, because there would be no church? Your people have many needs, and fulfilling all of them will be tough, but not impossible. You can import food, in case you have a shortage. You only need one Clinic at the Start to keep your people healthy (although you might need to Import Experts), there is plenty of cheap housing available, and if you have an agreement with the USSR you can build better housing, cheaper. Different faction leaders will often inform you when the situation in a specific area is critical. You will know when you are doing a good job when Overall Happiness is above 70%. At first it might sound impossible to achieve, but with a powerful economy? Anything is possible.
4. Dictatorship vs Democracy – To Vote, or not to Vote? Democratic Elections keep the people content, and they can also pump up your own Ego. If you manage to fulfill point 3 then you should have no problem winning any election. Problems start if you ever do not get above 70% of the vote. That essentially means you are failing in a big area. You can choose not to go through with elections, but make sure people have access to Media buildings, so that they have a high sense of Liberty (while living in a Dictatorship).