Power in guatemala

By Deidre Dodge


What groups were involved and who had power?

The groups that were involved where the Guerillas, the Peasants, the Government, the USA, and the Army and Wealthy. Throughout the game power shifted. The Army and Wealthy started with power in the start, because they were controlling the government. Then the power shifted so the Guerillas had power and they could control the government and what the government did because they had so much MSU's. After that the Guerillas took over and the government and had full power, but the most powerful country in the world took over the country of Guatemala. They can take over because they are the so powerful, so in the end the United States had power.

How the balance of power shifted and why?

Every month, the more the MSU's the class had the more the power that class had. Each month each class would gain or loose MSU's at one point during that month. The reason this happened is because the different classes would have conflict and solutions and eventually end up trading MSU's for votes and so on and so fourth.

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

Each class had to cooperate with other classes in order to get what they wanted in the end which was the highest MSU's that way they would have power. While each class was trying to trade conflict would happen between classes, for many different reasons. The Peasants would run into a lot of conflict because all the other classes want the peasants on there side because they have the highest vote on who takes over and who has power. There for the peasants weren't sure what to do half the time.

What role did the US have on the simulation?What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative

You wouldn't think the US had a big role but in the end if the US isn't pleased no one is. If the US doesn't like who is in control they can cause conflict and come take over because they are so powerful. In the begging of the game the US didn't have a big role in the end the US took over because they didn't like what was going on in the country. When power shifts in a country the country goes in a state of shock for a little while because the people don't know what is happening and they aren't sure what is happening. It also causes major conflict between countries and classes within that country. It can have a negative and/or positive  effect on the country depending were someone stands in that country and there "class".

What relationships do you have in your life, how are cooperation and conflict evident? Provide a minimum of 2 examples

I have relationships between me and my teachers at school, and i have relationships between me and my parents. Both contain conflict and cooperation. Between me and my teachers i have to cooperate with them do the assignments they say to do because they are teaching me things i need to learn for "the real world". If i don't cooperate with my teachers that causes conflict between me and them and then spreads to conflict between me and my parents at home. If i don't do something my teacher says they could punish me and then my parents would find out and there would become a conflict between us. In order to fix that conflict we would have to use cooperation and fix that problem. If i were to skip my class at school that would cause a conflict and i would get a detention for not following the rules at school. If my mom were to hit me that would cause a conflict and i would get mad and there would be a big fight because that isn't something a mom should do.

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