In the beginning of the Guatemala game, I was put into the United States. There were five groups; the army and wealthy, Guatemalan government, peasants, Guerillas, and America- most which started off with some form of power (Military strength untis, money, etc.), except for the peasants, which had nothing. We were given no rules, and the only goal was to win the game.
In the beginning of the game, The rich and wealthy had all of the power. After signing treaties and ripping up contracts, the peasants managed to take all of the power away by the end of month two. At some point, everybody had MSU's and some sort of power. This chart shows the power shifts, and how in the end, America got all of the power.
The balance of power shifted multiple times. The game felt rushed, but in the end it worked out, because there was a democracy planned. In the beginning, the rich and army had most of the power, which isn't surprising. We determined that money equals power, which is completely true, for example when you are in jail and are held for a trial, unless you have a certain amount of money, you can't get out. Having money gives you freedom to do whatever you wish- mostly, anyway. Below is an example of using money to get out of jail, which celebrities do often.
Cooperation And Conflict
In the beginning of the game, there was a lot more cooperation. Since there had to be a majority vote of people in different groups to sign treaties and move forward, we all had to agree to change things in the game. Two people were silenced, Travis and Brandon-and all of has had to sign the treaty to do so. There were examples of conflict, however, like when America hired a member of the Guerrillas who called himself 'Warhol' to rip up treaties we regretted signing. The Guerrillas took a military offense twice on the government, which they lost- another example of conflict. In the end, the peasants created a democracy in which America didn't like and took over, making Guatemala a dictatorship for 8 years; the last showing of conflict without cooperation through the game.
An example of cooperation in nations is the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that killed over 16k people and damaged a nuclear power plant. Over 128 different countries offered assistance after the conflict occurred, raising over a billion dollars in donations. This is cooperation among nations to help rebuild a country after a disaster.
The USA played a major role in the game. We started off with as many MSU's as the Guerrillas, who were essentially our enemies in a sense. We pretended to be allied with the Army and Wealthy to get their strength units, then sided with the Guerrillas to get rid of the democratic treaty that the peasants wanted to pass.We lost all of our MSU's in the second month, which were given to the peasants to support a democracy that we took back. The USA had a lot of influence on the game.
An example of roles and issues the United States got themselves into is promoting democracy in Russia. Russia is a developing country, with a corrupt leader who chose his role as Prime Minister by switching with the originally elected one. Obama speaks with Putin to promote the democracy, which is our role in Russia.
When Power Shifts
When power shifted in Guatemala, there were a lot of problems for different groups. America lost all of their MSU's in the second month, which caused a lot of difficulty to hold power over people. We could sign treaties, but not much else, because we had no power. The Government never had much power because they only had 20 military strength units, all that they gave to the peasants. They signed treaties and tried to win the election, like most of the other groups. The Rich and Wealthy had a lot of impact before they lost all their MSU's. They had all of the power in the beginning, and could silence whoever they wanted. But they, as well, wanted a democracy, so gave all their power to the poor. Over the course of three days (or three months) the poor gained all of everyone's MSU's- everybody supported the democracy- and planned to make Guatemala an equal, socialistic country. The effect on this power shift was mostly great, as everybody would have a say in what would be happening, but there were people in America and the Guerrillas who didn't like what was happening and planned a takeover.
The Great Power shift is an example of power shifting through the economy. Major industries are becoming more prominent in the middle east and Asia instead of places like Europe, Japan and America. The bigger the population is, the more economic growth there is in certain countries. It is causing more business in those places and less in where there isn't much economic power, and a lot of it is due to the outsourcing of jobs to countries like China and Japan.
I have three relationships in my life- my family, my friends, and my superiors. Cooperation and Conflict are evident in all three because it is a daily part of life, and it happens all the time. When I want to go out with my friends or sleep over somebody's house and my parents say no, I will ask them why and usually there is a reason that I can fix, like chores I didn't do or other plans being made. If I do the chores I missed, then I can go- but if I made other plans, I can't go out anymore. Even though I don't like both outcomes of asking, it's an example of cooperation. An example of conflict in my life is from a long time ago, when me and my brother were 6, and I didn't like that he wouldn't let me hang out with him so I locked him in the closet with me. And when we were a little older, he decided that our Creepy Crawlers oven was only for him and hit me with the oven tray. There were more conflicts in my life when I didn't know or want to resolve them.