Here are my few ideas regarding governance.
- Promotion Campaign
Slightly increase happiness and approval rating by less than 10% instantly, consuming civics and money. Cooldown 30min.
- Extra Rations
Distribute a double-ration immediately to all colonists to increase approval rating instantly. Cooldown 1hr.
- Public Forums
Run public forums for extra civic outputs (30% of colony production) but continuously consumes money and wood (for making papers).
- Colonial Festival
Launch a colonial public festival event that consumes rum, food, water, money, civics and potteries to greatly bring your colonist happiness and increase approval rating significantly. The cost is proportional to number of colonists.
- Protest Sweep
Get all people protesting back to work or their home. Costs civics and some approval rating drop.
- Tourism Taxations
Make every tourist visiting your colony yield more money. However high tax may decrease tourism. The higher tourism prestige you have, higher taxation you can set.