Democracy 4: Translation Guide | Translate Game To New Language

Published: January 20, 2022 | Last Updated On: May 24, 2022

Today’s guide is a unique one in its own regard. This guide relates to the game Democracy 4. More specifically, it shows you how to change the game language to your preferred language.

I am going to show you exactly how to go on about it and exactly which files you need to modify to get the desired changes. Go through the full guide and see for yourself how it works.


How To Translate To Another Language In Democracy 4

How To Locate The Required Files

In this game you will find that all of the text that is displayed to the player, is kept separate from the main game in a folder called ‘translations’.

You can find this inside the games program files(x86)\democracy 4 folder. You will see a ‘data’ folder, and a ‘translations’ folder. Inside that is a folder for each supported language:

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Each translations folder has a bunch of files and spreadsheets that contain nothing but translated text, and some object ‘names’. This is so that we know what each piece of translated text refers to.

Note that you can open csv files in any text editor, or a spreadsheet program like excel. But you should always save them in csv format only. Not as txt, not as xls or xlsx, but simple csv.

If the “data” and “translations” folders do not appear inside the Democracy4 folder, go to the Democracy4 folder. There you will see “config.txt”, click on it. Go to where it says “language:

english”, delete the language (english) and put the language of your preference. Click on save and start the game. Depending on where you have it, it will appear as a document to edit in notepad.

Here is a guide to what text has to be translated in each file to create a new translation for the game.

Translating The Missions Folder

(This folder holds a text file for each country, and all the things on the right hand side of the equals sign (=) on each line needs to be translated)

achievements.csv
attacks.csv
dilemmas.csv
events.csv
policies.csv
spin.csv
tutorial.csv
(All the things in the 3rd and 4th columns (C&D in excel) needs to be translated)

media.csv
simulation.csv
(All the things in the 3rd column (C in excel) needs to be translated)

partynames.txt
(All the lines of text need new versions, but they can be renamed as you see fit. Obviously don’t translate the very top title ([names]))

pressuregroups.csv
situations.csv
(All the things in the 3rd to 6th columns (C,D,E & F in excel) needs to be translated)

quotes.csv
(All the things in the 2nd column (B in excel) needs to be translated)

sliders.csv
(All the things in the 3rd to 7th columns (C,D,E,F & G in excel) needs to be translated)

strings.ini
(All the things on the right hand side of the equals sign (=) on each line needs to be translated, but all-caps text inside <> has to be left alone)

votertypes.csv
(All the things in the 3rd to 5th columns (C,D & E in excel) needs to be translated)

That’s it. The game is in Unicode so it should work absolutely OK with any language, including non-western character sets. Once a full translation is done, if the folder has been named in English (for simplicity’s sake), it will be reflected as a drop-down item in the games option screen:

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Conclusion

I welcome any questions on how this works, and anybody who can help translate the game will be massively appreciated. People who contribute to this deserve to be added to the game’s credit screen (if you want that!).

Even if you are only able to find the time to translate just 1 file, its super-helpful. I’m sure with the collective player base, we can get high-quality translations done together.

You people know how the game works and what the terms mean more than any third party would. If anybody has any questions about translations, please post in the comments below.

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