Guatemala V.S. America.

America wins, no matter what.

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

There were five different groups involved, each playing a major role in the simulation. The guerrillas, the US, the Peasants(me), the Guatemalan government, and the army/wealthy. In the beginning, the army/wealthy had the greatest amount of the MSU's, and the peasants had no MSU's at all. This goes to show that the army/wealthy can overpower the government, and control everything.

2. How did the balance of power shift, why?

The power shifted a lot, and some groups merged together to gain more power. For example, when the U.S. silenced Travis, they weren't thinking clearly, and they gave all their MSU's to the peasants. They continued throughout the game with close to no MSU's, until the end, when they used their take over clause to gain complete control.

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

There was a lot of conflict in the game because people had different opinions on the topics we were discussing. Treaties got ripped up multiple times to stop actions from happening, and the US tried to get out of their treaty with the peasants more than once. The Guerrillas wanted to take a military offense against the peasants for some unknown reason, and they ended up losing 30 MSU's to the US. The US started arguing inside of their group, because half wants one thing, and the other half wants another. At the end of the game, the whole class was angry with the US because they completely took over, and became the government of Guatemala.

4. What role did the US have on the simulation?

The role of the US was to show that in real life, the US can gain or lose power, but in the end, they always end up winning. The peasants thought they could win the game because they had more power than the US, but it doesn't work like that. The US always gets involved on other countries' affairs, and sometimes makes the situation worse.

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

When power shifts in a country it usually has a negative effect. However, it depends on the group of people the shift effects and how they view it. If there is a revolt in the country, the people who like the government will see the power shift as bad, but the people who are against the government, (the Guerrillas) will see it as good news.

6. What relationships do you have in your life, how are cooperation and conflict evident?

When I am dating someone, I need to respect them. But, it doesn't mean there won't be any arguments. Say, for example, my boyfriend wants to go see The Lego Movie, and I want to see Warm Bodies; we would talk about it, and finally come to an agreement on what to see. If it means seeing the other movie later on, we would both be happy, but say those two movies are only playing on Friday, at. We would argue over which movie is better to see and why, because we would want to defend our side of the argument. Many relationships in life require conflict, and cooperation in order to work out.

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