I am also suffering from this bug. I have just bought the game this week, with the Mods (not electioneering). I am having the following issues that make the game impossible to play.
- In the UK I start with around 5% popularity and 0 party members. No matter what I do. No matter how popular I am among certain demographics, it does not affect my overall popularity.
- There is a similar problem in Australia.
- In France it starts with circa 90% popularity and 100,000s of party members. It is actually impossible to lose the first election in France!
I adjusted all the settings, the difficulty, randomising the start, etc. Nothing changes.
I haven't played the other countries. This must be wrong and is very disappointing given I just paid for the game.