This Cold War city builder now has orphanages and secret police

A massive high-rise housing block in Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic.

Things take a bit of a dark turn in the latest update for Cold War-era city-building game Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic. The sandbox management game, in which you run a command economy in a small Soviet nation in the mid-twentieth century, now has a government loyalty system, secret police to help enforce compliance, and orphanages for the children of workers lost to the many industrial accidents that are likely going on in the coal mines.

The big new feature in version 0.8.5.9 of Workers and Resources is the updated government loyalty system. Citizens now have some level of loyalty to the state, and that’s influenced by their quality of life, their productivity on the job, and whether or not they see glorious monuments while they’re riding the train to work.

It’s an interesting and nuanced system: if you allow citizens with low loyalty to move into certain key jobs, such as TV broadcasting or teaching, that dissatisfaction and disloyalty can spread to others. Highly loyal citizens won’t be as impacted by shortages of basic amenities, but if their loyalty is low, small changes in the availability of goods and services will have a more drastic impact on their overall happiness and productivity.

Here’s a features breakdown for the new patch:

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How do you know how loyal your citizens are? With a dedicated secret police force, that’s how. The latest patch allows you to deploy your very own Stasi, who will drive around your town in unmarked civilian-style cars.

Loyalty can have its benefits, too: you can set things up so that highly loyal workers can gain access to better housing, cushier jobs, and personal amenities such as cars. Meanwhile, disloyal citizens can be relegated to working in mines, farms, or other places where terrible accidents are more likely to occur.

When that happens, you’ll now have orphanages available to take care of any children left behind, too. Pleasant!

Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic is available in Early Access on Steam, and currently has very positive user reviews. It’s a terrific city builder already, particularly if you enjoy getting into the nittiest and grittiest of details, like planning bus routes and setting up gravel conveyor belts.

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