Guatemala Simulation

Power shifts and cooperation/conflict in goverment

  • 1- What groups are involved, who had the power?
  • The army and wealthy, the government, the peasants, and the guerrillas were all groups involved as well as the US. At the beginning the army and wealthy had 200 MSU's, the government had 20 MSU's, the peasants had 0 MSU's, the US had 60 MSU's, and the guerrillas had 60 MSU's. The army and the wealthy had the most power at the beginning.
  • 2- How the balance of power shifted and why?
  • Somehow the peasants convinced the army and wealthy as well as the United States of America to give them all of their MSU's, making the power shift in favor of the peasants. The guerrillas gained 90 MSU's. In total, the peasants had 240 MSU's, the guerrillas had 150 MSU's, the government had 20 MSU's, the army and wealthy have 0 MSU's, and the United States had 60 MSU's. Then, the U.S. took over everything after the peasants had put a treaty in place that every group had signed. They changed the government and made it a democratic system that mimicked the U.S.'s own government as well as having a leader from the U.S. take control for eight years before starting elections.
  • 3- How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game (violence/corruption/war)?
  • In the group of the guerrillas there was internal conflict between two groups who didn't agree on anything. There was a majority of people on one side so it normally went the way that that side wanted it to go, though on occasion the opposing minority would get there way and had used a military defensive against the army and wealthy and once tried to go against the peasants since they had the most MSU's, but the majority voted against it. The one time they successfully pulled a military defensive was not successful at all and in fact caused the guerrillas to lose MSU's. The minority had tried to silence me, seeing as I was leading the majority in a way and they didn't agree with rational thinking.
  • The peasants and the wealthy cooperated when Hayden made a treaty to give the peasants all their MSU's which also made their vote go to the leader of the peasants, Hayden. Later the treaty was replaced with another, the Guatemalan Republic Treaty, which combines all the MSU's and gave each group a vice president as well as electing one president that could run for office for the 'supreme' title. Nothing could happen unless a majority of the groups wanted it to.
  • The government wanted the guerrillas to help them have more power. The guerrillas weren't too compliant, even as they asked us what would make a good government to them and how they could change so that the guerrillas wouldn't be opposed to them.
  • 4- What role did the US have on the simulation?
  • The US at first had 60 MSU's which they had, without knowing what they were doing, signed over to the peasants for the Guatemalan Republic. At that point they had silenced Travis who was the leader at the time. After Travis had tried to explain what they had just done (signed over the take over clause) they tried to act against the treaty but the peasants had already received signatures from each group and had turned it in just before they could do anything (with help from the guerrillas). Though it seemed like they couldn't do anything because they had signed the treaty, they went against it and took over. They silenced leaders from each group, Jasmine (in theory, she was absent that day but they would have liked to) from the government, Chloe from the army and wealthy, myself from the Guerrillas, and finally Hayden from the peasants. They then made Travis the "president" for eight years and after the eight years held elections for a president who could hold four year terms, similar to the US. Travis had stated that if the game had continued he would have changed it to make him dictator and to have David, who was elected after Travis' eight years were over, assassinated.
  • 5- What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?
  • For guatemala the power shifting was good until the US completely threw everything off. The native people of the country were working towards a great system of government where everyone's voice could be heard, even the guerrillas. It would have worked out in theory if the US hadn't intervened. When the US did intervene it turned into an autocracy run by the US and moreover Travis. It wasn't accurate in that the army and wealthy had given their power to the peasants but it otherwise went smoothly and felt natural. The power shifted positively since the person who had the power was fairly even on his morals and on of the least corrupt in the simulation. The power shifted negatively when the US took over, all decisions on what would happen to the country were left up to the most corrupt group with the most corrupt leader. The effects of power shifts vary depending on how corrupt the leader/group is that holds the current power.
  • 6- Apply this information to YOUR LIFE! What relationships do you have in your life, how are cooperation and conflict evident? Provide a minimum of 2 examples.
  • Conflict and cooperation are evident in any relationship between anyone, maybe even with one person and their internal conflict. In my life some relationships I have that make cooperation and conflict evident would be the relationship I have with my mother, the relationship I have with my sister, the relationship I have with my father, and the relationship I have with my best friend.
  • My mom and I both have certain shows we like to watch so if they are both on at the same time then we would have to discuss which one to watch and eventually cooperate, maybe with one of us having to do something for the other.
  • My sister and I often times conflict with one another when deciding where to go if we are in the mall, and we never really come to a decided place, just where she wants to go with maybe one of my stores on the way.
  • My father and I conflict with our opinions on politics and often get into arguments about certain subjects with no clear end to the discussion.
  • My friend and I cooperate when we both don't know what to do or we both want to do different things.
  • In my life conflicts and cooperations in relationships are not limited to people but also countries, if you could say that I am part of America so America's conflicts and cooperations affect me. We have a certain degree of cooperation between China and the US in that we outsource jobs and they get paid which we pay for less than what it would be in the US. We have conflict with Russia would be the news with the Ukraine. People from Crimea are asking to have the Russians come in and take over sine there is no current official leader of the Ukraine. The US doesn't like that option and are trying to convince Russia not to invade. They are asking the world to impose sanctions on Russia and are basically calling them bullies. It is all very similar to the Cold War. Those are just a few of the many conflicts and cooperations with the US.

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