Tropico 4 is a city-building game set in the Caribbean during the second half of the 20th century, with a heavy political and semi-historical component and a healthy dose of Cold War stereotypes played for humor.

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How can I lose an election?

I tried my best to be the worst dictator in history of Tropico 4. I set wages for uneducated to 1, high school educated to 2 and college educated to 3. I built not a single housing building, so ...
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Voices too loud in Tropico 4

When you click on a person to see details the voice is too loud. It seems that the "Voice Volume" control is not working for me, the voices end up being controlled by the "Sound Effects Volume".
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How to cancel an objective? [duplicate]

I accepted an objective from the religious leader that required issuing an edict. After looking at the consequences of the edict I decided I want to back out of this. Is there a way to cancel a ...
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How should I structure my city in order to make up for the teamster's terrible AI?

I notice that in Tropico 4, once my city starts becoming large with ~350-400 people, my teamster's AI starts going berzerk. They leave all my goods in the factories and don't bother exporting even ...
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How can I stop people from living in shacks?

I've built apartment blocks and condominiums all over the island, the radio has declared my people filthy rich, and I have so few uneducated workers that my mines and farms only have 1 or 2 workers ...
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Can I import savegames from Tropico 4 to Tropico 4 Gold?

So far I played Tropico 4 without Modern Times, but now I purchased the Gold Edition containing basegame and expansion pack. Is there any way I can copy my progress from the base game to the gold ...
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Is there a set logic on how teamsters / garages work?

It seems like no matter how many garages / teamsters I have working, they're never enough. My factory outputs reach 900+ while my docks are running on empty and not exporting any resources at all. ...
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How to make a citizen take a certain job

I want to make a certain citizen take the open doctor job at a clinic, in which I fire her at her current job (farmer), but she always goes to being a teamster/farmer. I checked her education and she ...
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How can I increase Crime in Tropico 4?

My current mission requires me to arrest 5 criminals. But I have practically no crime. How can I increase the crime rate?
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How can I get more citizens to educate themselves?

I noticed that I have too many uneducated citizens. While a small minority of them go to high school and college to get educated on their own, is there a way to attract more students? I pay a fortune ...
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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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Does the location of the immigration office matter?

Unlike some government buildings the immigration office has a road connection. For awhile now I've been building the office near the docks, since it's involved in immigration. But I wonder perhaps ...
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Is it possible to dismiss an objective that I no longer want to accomplish?

In Tropico 4, I accepted several objectives but then discovered that once you have five unaccomplished objectives, you can't accept any more. Is it possible to dismiss an objective, once accepted?
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How do I purchase blueprints for a building in Tropico 4?

I have several objectives that require the building of a structure that I don't have blueprints for (oil refinery, apartment block, etc.). The game indicates that such blueprints have a price, but ...
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How can I place the same building repeatedly?

I would like to place the same building multiple times. For apartments, this is enabled by default, but for other buildings, I have to go through the build menu again.
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What happens to resources stored in a building that I demolish?

When demolishing a building, what happens to the resources (input/output storage) inside? Are they lost? If not, are they transported to the docks? Further, do they somehow count towards export tasks? ...
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Does manually arresting criminals cause a drop in respect of their family?

I know that if I feel like arresting a random citizen just because I can, I will lose the respect of their family. This is fair enough. However, if I manually issue an arrest action on a citizen ...
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Why are there four workers in a Supermarket, and what changes if I fire some of them?

In the Tropico 4 DLC Modern Times, you get a Supermarket: it's like a Marketplace in that it serves as a food-distribution point (so people don't have to hike out to the farms), but can store more ...
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How much more productive are Plantations than Farms?

The El Plantador DLC for Tropico 4 introduces a new building, the Plantation, that acts as a larger farm, for cash crops only. How much more productive is it? Does it produce more crops-per-worker, or ...
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Is the Bio Farm more productive than a regular farm, for a particular crop?

In the Modern Times DLC for Tropico 4, your regular Farms get replaced by Bio Farms. These Bio Farms have three work modes: corn, food crops, and cash crops. The latter two modes will grow multiple ...
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How to switch DLC in Tropico 4

I have just bought a couple of extensions for Tropico 4, but I don't understand how to switch from one to another. It seems I am stuck in Modern times. How can start Tropico 4 with El Plantador ...
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Is there any benefit to having a second commercial port?

I constructed a second commercial port to avoid traffic. Both ports are full of employees well paid. However, since the construction of the second port the merchant boats are getting no service any ...
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China aid to development edict

Señorita Piña is asking me to proclaim this edict to "get more men", but I can't find it. Only USSR and US development aid edicts are in the international relations pane. Any one know how to ...
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Can you still build the older buildings once you unlock the newer ones?

I'm playing sandbox mode in Tropico 4 with the modern times buildings enabled, and as time goes on I keep unlocking more of then. My questions is once I unlock a certain building, such as the solar ...
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Does the size of a Garden make any difference to beauty?

When placing gardens, by using the [ or ] keys we can cycle through many different styles of gardens. Some are really tiny (about 1x1 tile or smaller), and other are large walled in parks that take up ...
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Positioning the garbage dump

When I select the garbage dump from the building menu, there's an overlay that shows the different levels of pollution in my city, but I'm not sure how far away from that I can place the dump and ...
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In the third mission of Modern Times I ran out of gold and have to export

In the third mission of the Modern Times campaign, I get the objective to export gold, yet, since my strategy always is start with boat loads of mines, I already mined ALL the gold on the island, so I ...
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How long does a criminal need to be detained before reforming?

In Tropico 4 I have arrested a number of criminals and my prison is full but there are still criminals on the lose. I'm wondering how long they have to stay in prison before becoming reformed members ...
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What distance counts as “nearby”?

Certain buildings are described as having a positive effect on certain types of "nearby" buildings -- such as a Fire Station in "Cat-in-tree" mode improving housing quality, or the Salt Mine improving ...
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How to find buildings damaged by disaster?

Playing Tropico 4 I experienced a tornado and four of my buildings were damaged. I found three just by hunting around, but could not find a fourth. Is there some way to list all damaged buildings, or ...
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What is the easiest way to find a Juanito in Tropico 4?

I would like to find a Juanito (someone named Juanito) in Tropico 4, what is the easiest way to do so? I am trying to go through the list of all tropico born citizens, but it is just takes too long, ...
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How to speed up construction in Tropico 4?

It seems due to some logistic issues construction is very slow in tropico 4 (most of the time builders are idle with a long list of jobs). Is there any tips how to improve their productivity?
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Does the Minister of Defence participate in armed conflict?

When hiring a Minister of Defence, the chosen citizen retains the skin of a soldier/general including their gun. During armed conflict (uprising, coup or rebel attack) does the Defence Minister ...
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How to make tourism profitable in Tropico 4?

I'm trying to make a living off of tourism (I just want to try it) yet every time I do, the same thing happens. I start off small with 1 tourist dock, about 4 hotels and several attractions. I scale ...
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Tropico 4 : are garages as huge/unwieldy as they were in Tropico 3?

Despite doing my best with garage and traffic layout in Tropico 3, I very often hit the problem of insufficient space to place a garage in a place where it would have been useful. The garages were ...
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Which buildings utilize mined resources?

Can someone give a brief overview which resources can be processed into by which industry building? I know for example that you can make jewels out of gold in the jewel factory, but what can you do ...
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Road blocked by stone arc?

In Tropico 4, Mission 5 there is a stone arc that leads to two mines (gold and iron). Unfortunately I am unable to get there, because said arc seems to prevent any roads from being built underneath ...
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Placing mines and farms

In Tropico 4, when I select to construct a mine I get an overlay showing the location and density of ressources. Do I build the mine right on top of that or rather beneath the ressource field? I am ...
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How do I find specific buildings in Tropico 4?

How can I find specific building on the map? For example I need to find all clinics. Is there better way than clicking on each doctor and looking up where he works?
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Environmentalists are annoying me, how can I silence them?

I haven't been very environment-friendly and now the environmentalists are on my heels. My reputation with them is very low, especially because I cut some trees and dug for gold. What's the best way ...
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Is there a way to tell a citizen where to live?

One occasionally irritating problem in Tropico 4 (and 3, looking back on it) is that there seems to be no way to control who goes to live in which home; more often than not it's first-come-first serve ...
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How do I identify criminals?

The "War on Crime" achievement in Tropico 4 instructs the player to arrest 10 criminals in a single mission. I figured there would be a list of criminals in the almanac, but no such luck. How do I ...
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What is a private building?

I've received an offer to purchase all of the private buildings on my island. Unfortunately, I have no idea what constitutes a private building, and just accepting the offer didn't seem to net me ...
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How do I upgrade my palace?

I have the "Palace Magnifique" task which requires me to purchase all palace upgrades. When I click on my palace, however, I see no upgrade button. How do I complete this task?
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How do I earn the Tornado Valley achievement in Tropico 4?

What is the easiest way to unlock the achievement Tornado Valley (Survive a tornado outbreak with no human causalities)? I always seem to have multiple buildings destroyed along with numerous citizen ...
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Is there a time limit to campaign levels?

So far I've always managed to complete the objectives for the campaign levels, and I know there are various conditions that trigger a loss (losing an election, coup, having your palace destroyed). ...
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How should I build my road network?

From what I understand, roads are only used between garages or buildings that have a parking entrance. Is there a benefit to connecting other buildings with roads? Can citizens get "dropped off" at ...
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What constitutes luxury goods?

I just received an objective stating to export 500 luxury goods. However, it didn't say which of the many things I'm exporting are luxury goods (apparently none). What constitutes luxury goods?
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Where can I find the manual for a Steam install of Tropico 4? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam? I'm one of those weird people that likes to read the manual for games to see if there are features that I'm ...
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Is it effective to have my opponent arrested?

Some pesky citizens have started talking about elections, and many of them have already declared their intent to vote for a specific citizen rather than me. Luckily, my prison still has some space ...