Guatemala

Bullets and Ballots Simulation

Army and Wealthy: 200 MSUs

Guerrillas: 60 MSUs

Guatemalan Government: 20 MSUs

United States: 60 MSUs

Peasants: No MSUs

Balance of Power shifting- At the beginning, the Army and Wealthy had the most power because they had the most MSUs. But during month one, the Peasants joined the Guerrillas and they signed a treaty worth 25 MSUswith the Army and Wealthy, bringing them up to 135 MSUs and the Army and Wealthy down to 175 MSUs. In month two, the United States gave the Guerrillas 45 MSUs to promise to turn Guatemala into a democracy once they gained power. This addition put the Guerrillas with 5 more MSUs than the Army and Wealthy, putting them in charge of Guatemala. The Guerrillas then completely got rid of all MSUs putting everyone into equal social classes. But then after month 3, the US completely invaded Guatemala gaining control of the country. They then turned the government into an oligarchy creating different political parties to be put in charge. The power kept shifting because over time certain groups gain more strength or lose strength, or gain/lose their money and wealth.

Cooperation and Conflict- Throughout the game, there wasn't much conflict until the end when the US invaded Guatemala. There was a small amount of conflict and a short war until the US won changing the Guatemalan government into an oligarchy. The game mostly consisted of the Guerrillas cooperating with the Peasants and the Army and Wealthy. They cooperated when they signed treaties to gain MSUs and shift power.

U.S.- The United States didn't do that much during the game. They basically just supervised the rest of the groups as we cooperated to gain control. One of the only things they did was give MSUs to the Guerrillas so that they could take over Guatemala. The other thing they did was invade Guatemala and change the government into an oligarchy which was basically the opposite of what they were trying to promote.   

Power shift good or bad?- Power shift is good because if one country or government was in power forever then they would let the power go to their head and become crazy dictators. All powerful and wealthy nations rise and fall such as Rome hundreds of years ago and also the British Empire. as of right now, the U.S. is the most powerful country in the world because we have the most wealth and a strong military like the army and wealthy did in the simulation. But eventually they did fall out of power and the U.S. will too soon once we lose a war or go too far in debt.

Transfer- This simulation can be related to my life in many ways. The cooperation and conflict aspect of it is similar to me fighting with my parents or friends or siblings. We could have an argument about something and get mad, which is the same as countries being at war with each other. Then we would talk about it and figure out a resolution to our problem, which is the equivalent to the nations signing a treaty to solve their dispute. The power shift aspect of it is the same as the power between you and your parents changing as you grow older. When you're younger and are still a kid, your parents have control over you because they are responsible for you and you live in their house under their rules. But as you get older and begin to pay for your own things such as a car, you get more power over your parents and they have less power over you. The control completely shifts once you move out and go to college or go live on your own because your parents aren't paying for your expenses and you can do everything on your own. that is the same as when the U.S.'s help was no longer needed by the Guatemalans and they set up their own government.

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