Tropico 3 is a city-building game set in the Caribbean during the second half of the 20th century, with a heavy politcial and semi-historical component.

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Is there something weird about the Cannery?

The Cannery building is unique in Tropico 3 in that it can take several different kinds of raw material - fish, coffee and pineapple. I've always assumed that it accepts all of those, all of the time, ...
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Is all raw product always moved to an industry building?

In Tropico, let's say I have a number of tobacco farms, happily exporting tobacco. Then I build a cigar factory. At this point my teamsters start moving tobacco to the cigar factory, instead of the ...
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What is special about the “Steam Special Edition” of Tropico 3 and 4?

The latest Humble Weekly sale features games from Kalypso Media, amongst them Tropico 3 and 4, marked as "Steam Special Edition" on the sales page What's so special about the Steam Special Edition ...
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Multiple questions on Tropico 3 game mechanics [closed]

I've been playing Tropico 3 lately, and I have a number of questions about the games nuances. I've got a building that has what looks like an icon of a garbage bag with a red line running through it ...
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How can one tell if more teamsters are needed?

How does one know if one's island is being sufficiently serviced by teamsters? Right now, I typically build a new one when developing a new area, or when I see some obvious problem like lower than ...
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Difference between the restaurant and the market

It seems that both the restaurant and the market are used by Tropicans to satisfy their 'food' desires. Since the restaurant has the added convenience of also satisfying the 'entertainment' desire, I ...
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Will educated Tropicans take jobs requiring lower or no educational qualifications?

In Tropico 1, I remember that educated Tropicans will occasionally take jobs requiring lower qualifications if they either can't find a job that needs their educational qualifications, or if the job ...
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Why are some happiness motives starred?

When watching at people happiness motives I can see that some of them are starred. At first I thought they just had an higher weight when calculating the overall happiness but it seems it's not the ...
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What is a good general avatar build for Tropico 3?

What is a good build for most situations in Tropico 3? I don't want to tweak my avatar for every map.
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Tropico 3 starting build order?

What's a good starting build order for a Tropico 3 Sandbox game?
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Strategy to ensure educated workers in Tropico 3?

In Tropico 3 its important to have a workforce of high school and sometime college educated workers. How can I build up my educated workforce, and ensure that I have a steady stream of new ones to ...
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What is the money bag icon in Tropico 3?

What does the black money bag icon that rotates over buildings in Tropico 3 mean?
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Tropico 3 on Steam - need a activation code?

I just bought and downloaded Tropico 3 on Steam. It's now asking me for an activation code. Is this a bug? If not where can I find my code?