Bullets and Ballots Stimulation

Summative Assessment Outline
by Jasmine Cuenca

The government of Guatemala, rebels (guerillas), army and wealthy, peasants, and U.S. government were involved in this activity. At the beginning, the army and wealthy had the power. We’ve discussed that with money and weapons comes power. You need some to get one and you need one to protect another. It is flawed that the people that are technically “in charge” aren’t, because money and weapons equals power.

Power shifted a lot throughout the game. At the end of month 1, the U.S. had silenced their leader and teamed up with the army wealthy who gave all of their MSU’s to the peasants.

A lot of cooperation and conflict occurred, Travis (leader of U.S.) was silenced and referred to it as a mutiny. This has happened before in history. In Ancient Rome, the government offed their leader, Julius Caesar. It was planned and many people felt that he didn’t deserve to be the all-powerful leader. Like, in Travis’ situation. Brandon was also silenced, the leader of the army and wealthy.

The guerillas and the peasants fought, they both wanted power. When that happens, like the peasants allied with all of the other groups, and they became in control. With all groups, relationships change. Take pro and anti-abortion groups. Power shifts constantly. In the end of our game, the peasants had the power. I know that if the game continued, the guerillas would eventually take over, and the cycle would continue.

In the beginning, the U.S. had kind of mediating position.  They were our power and each group wanted them on their side.  The U.S. had a good reputation among Guatemala and the groups that wanted them the most were the government and the army and wealthy.  

As time went on, the U.S. became less stable in a sense.  They silenced their leader and after that, their government wasn't as strong.  They were present, but they weren't as on top of things.  In the future, I think eventually a leader would step up to the plate and be just as involved as Travis was.

Relationships constantly change.  Conflicts come and go.  Some conflicts are more eminent than others.  As stereotypical as it is, teenagers sometimes feel that they know everything.  I cannot speak for all teenagers, but I know that sometimes I act like I know everything.  When arguing with my parents, I often forget that they're a lot more experienced than I am.  I forget that they know what they're talking about too.  We don't put eachother in the opposite's shoes and we don't consider the side of the other person.  Sometimes, that's what causes the most conflict- when someone doesn't consider the other person's feelings.  When I'm arguing, anyway, I'm so focused on what I want that I don't think about the needs of the other person.

In math class, I want to keep the lights off.  There is natural light and the fluorescent lights are tiring so I asked my math teacher to keep them off.  We took a class vote and all of us wanted the lights off.  Our math teacher ignored what we said and turned the lights back on.  Another example of conflict was when my sister and I wanted the same ice cream cone and both of us couldn't give it up, so we ended up dropping the cone and neither of us got it.

An example of cooperation was when I bought a pair of shoes and my sister liked them.  My mom bought a pair like mine for my sister, but she didn't like them.  I volunteered to keep the new shoes and give my sister mine.  Another example of cooperation is when my friend and I want eachother's food, so we split our food and give the other the other half.

When you truly care about your relationship with someone, you realize that whatever you're arguing about isn't worth sacrificing the relationship and that you need to pick your battles.  Sometimes you're going to lose arguments, but what matters is that you're going to keep the relationship.

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