Texas Revolution (Novice Committee)
Chair: Alexis Knoebel Crisis Director: Michael Johns
The year is 1835, and the good land you’d settled upon which your cattle graze is at stake due the quarrelsome nature of the Mexican Government which seeks to centralize its power and drastically limit your rights. You’ve chosen to take a stand—the quick defeat of the small garrison of Mexican soldiers stationed around Texas in the winter of 1835 reflects as much. But the Mexican government has decisively pushed back. In their eyes you are deemed to be a pirate, a stateless national with no recognized rights and a tarnished reputation. Protected only by your will to live and the gun in your hand you will be forced to face the Mexican government with pride, or flee back stateside, leaving your livelihood to the range. As you make your choice today I’d like to remind you folk, today ain't the day to forget your spurs, you’ll be needn’em either way.
Chair: Sharat Durbhakula Crisis Director: Burhan Abdigeer
Chair: Isaac Covitz Crisis Director: Ben Inbar
Simon Bolivar is the firebrand revolutionary who fought for the independence of Spanish colonies in the Americas. In 1814, however, the Liberator was fleeing the continent in exile looking for anyone who would back his cause after the rise and fall of two Venezuelan republics in 5 years. You are the elite, the loyal, and the spine of the Bolivarian revolution. While you have experienced setbacks, the cracks in the Spanish tyranny over South America have been revealed. You must regroup, and through diplomacy with rival powers, information campaigns, and quick strategic thinking, you will rally your people to free Gran Colombia from foreign rule. Beware those who would deny freedom to the people of South America.
JCC: Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Head Crisis Director: Anant Sriram
In the Winter of 1971, political tension on the Indian subcontinent has reached a breaking point. Pakistan is a house divided; the rebellious province of East Pakistan, over 1000 miles from the central government in Islamabad, is struggling to separate itself from West Pakistani rule. In response, the Pakistani Armed Forces and associated Islamist militias have begun a brutal suppression campaign to stymie the burgeoning Bangladeshi independence movement.
iNDIA & aLLIES
Chair: Jordan Lim Crisis Director: Lin Khant Oo
Sandwiched between the two Pakistans lies India, a vast nation sympathetic to the Bangladeshi cause that has twice been forced to wage war with Pakistan and is able to do it again. The Indian side will have to find a delicate balance in this conflict, either serving as a mediator for peace, an enabler of conflict, or ally with either East or West Pakistan in this struggle, all the while maintaining its face as a developing nation in the tenuous geopolitical sphere of the early 70’s.
pAKISTAN & aLLIES
Chair: Tal Moriah Crisis Director: Gavin Wong
The Pakistani Government has always struggled with including West Pakistan, much because its actions seem to not jive with the Bengali culture and sense of autonomy. Meanwhile, East Pakistan feels more like a colony than an actual state of the larger Pakistan and is mounting in its cries to separate and makes its own “State for the Benglas”. Pakistan will have the difficult position of quelling dissenters in the East, spreading a message of peace and equality, and not angering the watchful Indian giant that is nestled between these two halves.
Chair: Reema Kumar Crisis Director: Lauren Russell
Welcome cabinet members! You all have been carefully selected by President Ronald Reagan himself to achieve what no other administration has before - what exactly that is will be left for you to decide. Between the increased threat of the USSR as the the Cold War escalates and the hostages in Iran, the Reagan’s cabinet has a lot on its plate! This committee will focus on the foreign affairs during the Reagan era. As you prepare for debate, remember the wise words of our dear president, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Congress of Vienna
Chair: Isabella DiGiovanni Crisis Director: Lucas Wesellius
It is November 1814, and you have all been called to Vienna for extremely important negotiations that will have repercussions for all of Europe. In the aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, it is your job to settle critical issues that arose from these conflicts and to try and negotiate a long-term peace for Europe after over 3 decades of continuous war and violence. Together you must attempt to balance power across Europe while protecting the interests of your own country, and decide what must be done to assure long-lasting peace.
Chair: Yuichiro Kakutani Crisis Director: Ernest Li
1868, Japan. A rag-tag group of political opportunists, disgruntled warriors, and self-described revolutionaries has just vanquished the 268-years long Shogunate, taking control of a rapidly modernizing Japan embedded in a dog-eat-dog world dominated by colonial powers. Planted in a unique period in Japanese history, delegates will fend off against predatory imperial powers, suppress internal dissidents, and militarily compete with nearby states. They will take control of a) economic and social policy, passing legislation required to industrialize and modernize the nations; b) military policy, controlling divisions and dreadnoughts to reduce domestic unrest and support an increasingly over-stretched empire; and c) foreign policy, playing off imperial powers while securing concessions.
War of the Roses
Chair: Isaac Schorr Crisis Director: Trevor Kahl
The Hundred Year’s war has finally come to a bloody conclusion, yet its effects are not gone from the lands. The mad King Henry VI sits on the English throne and the nation’s coffers are spent. Conflict is rising in the royal House of Plantagenet as the Houses of Lancaster and York reach for the crown in hopes of winning it for their own. Richard of York seeks to claim the throne for himself while King Henry and his allies work to keep him in power. Will the two royal houses keep their conflict civil, or will England fall into war once more?