Power, Cooperation, and Conflict

Kathryn Yahnian

1. The groups involved with the game were the United States, Government of Guatemala, Wealthy and Army class, Peasants, and the Guerillas. The Wealthy and Army class had the most MSU's in the beginning of the first month, the Peasants had no MSU's, and America and the Guerillas both had 60 MSU's.

2. The balance of power shifted through the game because whoever had the most money, had the most power through the silencing card to stop the influence of people to other groups. Power also shifted because groups formed alliances with other groups, to get more MSU's.

3. Cooperation was shown throughout the game by the U.S forming an alliance with the peasants and the wealthy and army to try and improve the government to form a democracy. There were numerous treaties signed and denied through groups trying to form alliances. Conflict was shown throughout the game by groups silencing many members of different and their own groups. The U.S.A silenced their "supreme leader" because the members were not informed of the amount of control the leader wanted. Two other leaders were silenced in the Guerilla and Peasant group because of their influence on other groups, and what they were convincing people to do. There was also conflict at the end of the the three months because America chose to execute leaders of the other groups to try and accomplish its' task of forming a democracy for the Guatemalan government.  

4. The U.S had the role of controlling what other groups did such as the peasants and the army and wealthy. Many groups wanted to ally with the U.S because of the amount of money America had and the MSU's they had. There was a treaty from the Guerillas to ally together and overthrow the government. America did not agree to this because the U.S wanted to change the government to a democracy, not overthrow the government. The peasants wrote a treaty to the U.S and the army and wealthy to equally share the MSU's, and all groups would get one vote to elect the president of Guatemala. America did not agree to this because if they did, America would not obtain control over situations like it usually does.

5. When power shifts throughout a country, it can be a positive or negative situation. Depending on which group the power goes to, the group can have a positive or negative influence on the whole country. If power shifted to the Guerillas, it would be a negative affect on the whole country, because they would overthrow the government, which would make an even bigger problem in Guatemala because there would be no leadership. When the power shifted to the U.S.A, a democracy was formed throughout the government causing a positive influence on the whole country. By these examples, it is shown that thorughout different countries of the world that when power shifts it can be a positive or negative thing to the whole country. A real world example of power shifting having a negative affect on countries is how power shifted to the Russian government and military, causing the Ukraine's citizens to protest because of Russia's unwanted dominance over the Ukraine.

6. Conflict and Cooperation are relevant through my life by the relationships i have with other people. My relationship through my parents usually involves cooperation, due to respect and higher authority. Conflict is present through my life with the relationships I have with my friends and siblings, such as who should do the dishes and other small arguments that arise. Examples of cooperation in my life are 1. Who controls the TV clicker 2. Putting the dishes away, so my sister will do the dishes 3. Cleaning the bathroom one weekend, and my sister cleaning the bathroom the next weekend. Examples of conflict in my life are 1. Who should get to shower first 2. Who sets the table for dinner 3. Who should make the next pot of coffee between my siblings. All of these examples are small and not as important as the conflict and cooperation that go on throughout the world today between countries.

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