Bullets and Ballots Simulation

1. What groups are involved, who had the power?

The groups that were involved were the USA, the Guerillas, the Government, the Army and Wealthy, and the Peasants. IN the beginning the group with the most power was the Army and Wealthy. They could take over when ever they wanted to, they could also silence people whom they did not want to speak with other groups.  

2. How the balance of power shifted and why?

The balance of power shifted majorly every month, and at the end of month one the peasants had the majority of the power standing with 240 MSU's. They got that power by joining forces with another group that was on their side and believed that they should have all the things they need. Going through month two and coming to a conclusion the results are that the peasants still have the most power. The guerillas went to war and lost 30 MSU's to the peasants. Lastly, at the end of month three, the last month, the USA took all of the power by using the takeover card.

3. How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game (violence/corruption/war)?

Cooperation and conflict was shown in the game when the government wanted to make peace with every other group. Not everyone was really in on that idea and did not cooperate. A conflict of conflict was the guerillas wanted to go to war against the peasants and we lost 30 MSU's against them.

4. What role did the US have on the simulation?

The US's role in the game simulation I believe was to make everyone happy but they had to agree on it. If some one had an idea and the US didn't like it then they wouldn't agree and try to win over their votes. If things went wrong then they had the power to take over all of it and have it their way.

5. What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?

When a power shifts the effects can go both ways, it can go right and or wrong. Most of the power shifted to the peasants as a result of 240 MSU's. Other groups tried to win some of the power over but didn't succeed. The effects stemming off of that was other groups got upset and they wanted the power. The intention was to give the peasants some power and the general things that they needed, not over ruling everyone in the game.

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?

In my life a lot of conflict takes place between my friends and my parents. In my house of course the parents are the one with all of the power until you are a legal adult and are able to start living your life the way you want too. I turned 15 years old in February and every year I turn a little bit older my parents give me a little more freedom and responsibility. Sometimes if I want to go out with a friend and sleep over their house or even go somewhere and my parents don't want me too and they want me to stay home on a Saturday, I don't agree with staying in on a Saturday night. A cooperation that occurs with my friends is if one of us want to go out as a group and someone wants to go somewhere and the other person wants to go to a different place. We all make an agreement on where all of us want to go.

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