Bullets and Ballots Simulation

Guerillas point of view

Questions & Answers

1. What groups are involved, who had the power?

The groups involved were the United States, the peasants of Guatemala, The Guatemala government, the guerillas, and the army and wealthy. At first, the United Sates and the Guerillas had equal amount of power, Then in the middle of the game the army and wealthy, and the united states, gave all there MSU's to the peasants making them the most powerful. Although, at the end the United States over took the country of Guatemala and prosecuted all of the groups leaders.

2. How the balance of power shifted and why?

The power shifted dramatically at the beginning when the most three powerful groups were  United States, Guerillas, and the army and wealthy. The United States and the army and wealthy joined up with peasants, giving the peasants all their MSUs making them the most powerful group. Throughout the months the peasants remained the group with the most powerful until the United States used there "Take Over" card and became in control of the Country, Guatemala. Like in Africa, the French came to their land and took the African American's power away. France then colonized on the land that was already occupied.

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

Cooperation was shown in the game when the army and wealthy, United States, and the peasants came together. Conflict shown in the game was the Guerillas wanted to join the treaty that the peasants leader offered, but the other half of the Guerillas did not approve. The Guerillas also had conflict with the Guatemala government because they wanted us to take their side just for our power. A real world example is when North Korea was developing nuclear power, and the United States thought they were making nuclear weapons. So instead of the US causing conflict, they stepped up and talk to North Korea about their nuclear development, North Korea said they would not development more then what was expected to use for electricity.

4. What role did the United Stats have on the simulation?

The United States role in the simulation was to make everyone happy until they took over. They gave the Guatemala peasants what they wanted, which was MSU's. They did not want to help what was hurting Guatemala like the government and army ad wealthy. At the end they took over Guatemala and prosecuted every groups leader. The United States continued to go on and do things the way they wanted to handle it.

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

In a country when power shifts the effect could be both, positive or negative, depending on who holds the power. If the group/leader wants to change the country in a negative way, it may cause the country to break into smaller groups to try to fight it, like the Guerillas. If the power shifts to a group that wants to do the best for the whole country and not just a certain group that would make a positive effect. Hilter is an example of a negative effect of power on a country, like he was to Germany. He was a dictator, which ment no one else had a say besides him.

6. 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.

In my life cooperation and conflict happens often with my sister. Conflict happens when one of us takes the others clothing such as a shirt, sweatshirt, etc. When one does not ask the other and just takes it a mini war happens. Although, when we cooperate we ask each other or trade something for that day and everything works out.

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