Unit 3
Culture: Patterns and Processes

Austin Caux

What groups are involved, who had the power?

Five groups were involved in this game. They were, Government of Guatemala, Wealthy and Army class, Peasants, Guerrillas, and the United States

In the start of the game the Army and Wealthy had the MSU power with 200. Guerrillas and the USA both had 60, Guatemalan Government had 20, and the Peasants had 0. The Peasants had the power in voting because they had two votes each. The USA had the power of influence because of their ability of military take over.

How did the balance of power shifted and why?

Power shifted when groups transferred MSU's. For example, after the first month Army and Wealthy lost 30 MSU's, the Guerrillas gained 40, and the US lost 10. MSU's shifted when groups wanted to make treaties. The MSU's also shifted when the Guerrillas attacked the Army and when the Army counter attacked. The peasants could change the voting power by going to the Guerrillas and when the Guerrillas went to the Peasants.

The group that controlled the most MSU's had the Power to take over one group.

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

Cooperation was shown between groups whenever two groups signed a treaty.

The Guerrillas and the Army/ Wealthy showed conflict whenever they attacked each other.

What role did the US have on the simulation?

The US played a role in the simulation because they wanted peace. Whenever a group makes a decision the US reacts to it. Whether good or bad, the US has an influence on every decision that was made in the simulation.

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

When power shifts, a country changes. The change could be with the government, the corruption or in the social classes. The effect could be positive or negative. It could also be neutral.

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.

Cooperation is evident in my life in sports. If the team doesn't cooperate, we will loose. As a team we need to cooperate with each other and the coach. If two players don't cooperate on a team, it will drag the entire team down.

Another example of when cooperation is evident is at work. If an employee doesn't get along with the employer, the employee might get fired. Also if the companies that the employer orders materials from doesn't work efficiently, the employer will not have a good relations with the shipping companies.

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