Bullets and Ballots Simulation

Cultural Geography

1. What groups are involved, who had the power? In the game we played there were five groups involved. There were the guerillas, peasants, Guatemalan government, rich and the wealthy, and the United States government.

2. How the balance of power shifted and why? The balance of power mainly shifted between the rich and the poor and the guerillas. They shifted because of military strikes against each other. In the end ultimately the guerillas had more power but it did not matter because the United States government had enough power the whole time to wipe them out when they tried to take over which they did so they got wiped out.

3. How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game (violence/corruption/war)? There was corruption in the Guatemalan government because the rich and wealthy were truly the ones running the country and also the ones with all of the power. There was war during the two military strikes between the guerillas and the rich and wealthy. Both times the opposing groups counter attacked. There was also violence when people started to get silenced by other teams.

4. What role did the US have on the simulation? They tried to keep the peace most of the time and other groups tried to make treaties with them. In the end who had the most power in Guatemala did not matter because the United States government wiped out the guerillas when they tried to over throw the Guatemalan government.

5. What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative? Most of the time when power shifts in a country it can be chaos therefore it usually negative. It can be positive however if there is a stable government which there is not if the government can be over thrown like in this simulation.

6. What relationships do you have in your life, how are cooperation and conflict evident? The relationships in my life are being a son, a brother, and a friend. There are both cooperation and conflict in all of these. The one with least conflict is probably being a brother. Cooperation is present when my parents ask me to do things and I do them. Conflict is present being a friend sometimes like if a friend were to tell everybody a secret of yours.

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