BULLETS AND BALLOTS

Matthew Robinson. Group: USA

Month by Month Summary

MONTH 1                                              

During the first month of the game, all of the groups remained passive. In the opening statements, all groups made no threats of violence; all groups wanted to remain peaceful. Although the Army and Wealthy began the game with 200 MSU's, they did not launch an attack on the Guerrillas. The Guerrillas starting with 60 MSU's also did not attack. The United States began with 60 MSU's, the peasants began with zero, and the Guatemalan government began with 20 although none of these groups were allowed to launch attacks. One notable event in the first month was the Guerrilla's acceptance of 10 MSU's from Cuba. This acceptance of MSU's shows cooperation between these groups.This was a small power shift that added to the power of the Guerrillas.

MONTH 2

In the second month, the United States along with some other groups tried to remain passive. The opening statements were once again peaceful. This seemingly peaceful atmosphere continued throughout the attacks, as no one launched an attack. However during the negotiations period, a member of the Guerrillas was silenced by the Army and Wealthy. Although no MSU's were changed here, this shifted the power in the direction of the Army and Wealthy for the moment. This was a conflict between the two groups. At the end of this negotiation period this conflict turned into cooperation as the groups decided to strike a deal to return the silenced Guerrilla. These groups agreed upon the release of the silenced victim for 30 MSU's. This was also a power shift as the Army and Wealthy now possessed 230 MSU's and the Guerrillas only had 40.

MONTH 3

Month 3 was the day/month with the most action. Many treaties were made between many groups. The opening statements of the groups were mainly passive except the U.S. stated that if any of the treaties were broken, the U.S. would invade. One main treaty was between the United States and the Army and Wealthy. The U.S. gave 30 MSU's to the A/W on the conditions that if the Army and Wealthy leader was elected, they would have to have all decision approved by the United States and the A/W must give 20 MSU's to the peasants. Another condition was that the A/W must attack the Guerrillas.

There was also a treaty between the United States and Peasants. This treaty gave 20 MSU's to the peasants on the condition that they would vote for the Army/Wealthy candidate.

Another treaty between the A/W and Peasants gave the Peasants another 70 MSU's in order to secure the peasants votes for the A/W candidate in the upcoming election. All of these treaties created many power shifts between the groups leaving the A/W still having the most MSU's.

Along with these treaties causing power shifts, there were conflicts caused by groups launching attacks. The A/W launched an attack on the Guerrillas, and the Guerrillas counter attacked. This occurred twice. These power shifts due to treaties and attacks, left the final MSU count at: A/W: 230 MSU's. USA: 10 MSU's. Guatemalan Government: 10 MSU's. Peasants: 90 MSU's. Guerrillas: 0 MSU's.

When the election came, the winner of the election was the peasant candidate. This was the result of the peasants not following their treaties to vote for the A/W candidate. Because of this breaking of the treaty, the United States followed their threats and invaded the country. This was the overall outcome of the game. The United States put the A/W in power along with the deal that the A/W would consult the U.S. for decisions.

The Future

These groups in the future will continue to see conflict and cooperation. Because the Army and Wealthy are now in power with the United States over viewing their decisions, there will definitely be some cooperation between these two groups.  The Guerrillas who are now totally out of power will most likely strive for more power and because of this they will most likely cause conflict. They may launch terrorist attacks on the A/W as the A/W are the current government.

Different Perspectives

In the game, almost everything can be seen from multiple viewpoints. This causes power shifts and other acts of cooperation and conflict to be both positive and negative depending on the group viewing the situation. For example when the Guerrillas decided to accept 10 MSU's from Cuba this was something positive for them. It gave them power. However, for the other groups, such as the Army and Wealthy this is seen negatively. Their enemy, the Guerrillas just gained 10 MSU's. This is also something negative in the eyes of the U.S.A because the Guerrillas now have accepted help from Cuba meaning they are more likely to join with Cuba then the United States. Another example is when the Army and Wealthy gave 70 MSU's to the peasants to secure their vote in the election. This treaty was positive for both the A/W and the peasants because they both gained something from this treaty. This was also positive for the Guerrillas because their enemy, the A/W, lost 70 MSU's, a significant loss of power. However, to the Government this contract was negative because they lost votes in the upcoming election.

Related to Me

In my life there are many conflicts. Some are minor and other ones are major. In my everyday life I witness conflicts between peers, teachers, and other people. Although there are conflicts many times, there is cooperation and compromise between these individuals. On one occasion driving home from school, my friend Chase did not like the music my friend Tom was playing. I suggested that they play a genre of music they both enjoyed to settle their conflict. They agreed to do this and this was a compromise of cooperation between them.

There are also power shifts everyday in the world around me. On a large and small scale. On a small scale it might be something local about my school such as my rights as a student. On a larger scale it might be a power shift between countries in the middle east causing revolts and placing new leaders in power.

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