Guatemala power activity

How power shifts between groups in society

  • 1-  What groups are involved, who had the power? The guerillas, army and wealthy, Guatemalan government, peasants, the U.S. At the beginning the army and wealthy had the most power but in the end the guerillas had the most power but were overthrown by the US.
  • 2-   How the balance of power shifted and why?Shifted from army and wealthy tothe guerillas by making treaties with other groups and trading MSU’s for information. It shifted because people wanted to gain trust and votes so they gave up their power for that.
  • 3-   How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game (violence/corruption/war)? Cooperation was showed when groups made treaties and traded MSU’s. Conflict was shown when the army and wealthy and the guerillas attacked each other for power and when groups broke treaties to gain new alliances and their votes.
  • 4-   What role did the US have on the simulation? They changed the whole ending of the game from being the most powerful nation. They overthrew the guerillas when they closed the country ballot. The US decided to keep a closed ballot but they allowed different people to run instead of the groups the guerillas chose.
  • 5-  What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative? When power shifts country losses its power on a globalized scale. The effect can be positive and negative because if a responsible civilized smart group takes the power then the country will be in safe hands and prosper. If the group that takes power is violent, uncaring they could send their country to was with other nation or just treat their countries citizens badly.
  • 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 there are many examples of cooperation and conflict. In my family My brother and I will fight over who gets to watch T.V. at home and eventually we will cooperate and divide the amount of time we have to give both of us time to watch T.V.  My brother and my parents argue about when he should take the dog out, my brother  thinks he should  after school, and before he goes to bed and my parents think he should in the morning, after school, and before he goes to bed. They compromised by having my brother take her out three times a day. With my friends at lunch one person throws all the trash away everyday and only one person was doing it all the time. We eventually compromised and now one person takes it one day a week.

Conflict Between Nations

This is an example of a conflict in a single nation.

This is a real life story of a government getting overthrown by rebels.

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