By Michaela Lee
What groups are involved, who had the power?
At first the Arm and the Wealthy had the power over the government. So it seemed like the government was controlling things but it was really the Army and the Wealthy. After a while though the Guerilla's had attacked the Army and the Wealthy. They started to gain more MSU's then the Army and Wealthy, so they started having the most power in Guatemala. But the United States had the most power, because everyone was trying to get the US on their side. So the US had the most power all through the game, but the power was shifting in Guatemala, they were all trying to get power over Guatemala, when in reality the US had the final say.
How the balance of power shifted and why?
The power was shifted between the Guerilla's and the Army and Wealthy. The Army started with the most MSU's which means that they had the most power and could silence people if they so pleased. But then guerilla's started to attack and gain more MSU's from the Army and Wealthy. But then the Army and Wealthy attacked back and started getting their MSU's back. They both started going to the US for help and MSU's to back them up and help them get the power of Guatemala. But when the Peasants joined the Guerilla's, the Guerilla's gained more MSU's making them the most powerful group in Guatemala. It really through the Guerilla's in power when the government had joined them. The Guerilla's then went to the US to try and get more MSU and get the US on their side. But over all the US had the final say in the way Guatemala would run.
How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game?
There was cooperation between the Peasants, Guerilla's and the Government. They all signed treaties and all worked together to try and get the Guerilla's in power so they could over through the Army and Wealthy. There was conflict between the US and all the other groups. The Us was giving the Army and Wealthy information about the Guerilla's in order to get more MSU's. But the US kept making deals with other groups and breaking their promises. They helped the Army and the Wealthy in the beginning but then started mixing up the game and started two facing people. There was a lot of conflict with the US, and between the Army and Wealthy and the Guerilla's. The Guerilla's went to the Army and Wealthy to try and get a peace treaty but the Army and Wealthy declined their offer. So there was more conflict between the groups rather then cooperation.
What role did the US have on the simulation?
The US is the most powerful country in the world, so they had a big role in this simulation. All the groups wanted the US on their side, which the US took for granted and had power go to their head. They told groups one thing but then did another. They had a huge role in the end, they got to decide whether or not to over through the group in power. So all the groups wanted the US on their side, knowing that the US had the most power in the game.
What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?
When power shifts it could be positive or negative. It depends on how the group in power, if they start doing things for the country that are good, the outcome will be good. You won't have riots, or protest, or people trying to over through the government. If the group starts making things worse, like killing their own people, then the people might start rioting and trying to over through the government. Even if the group is doing good, if the people don't like him then they might try to over throwing them. But it all depends on the situation. It depends on the group in power, or who the power shifts to and how the people feel about it.
Apply this information to YOUR LIFE! What relationships do you have in your life, how are cooperation and conflict evident?
There's always cooperation and conflict in families. With my family there's always conflict with me and parents, or between my parents. There's conflict when I decide to argue over something with my parents. Like when I argued with them about going to their friends house for a party. I didn't want to go, but they tried making me. It would have been cooperation if I just shut up and agreed to go, but I didn't because I'm stubborn. I can never seem to agree with my parents on anything. There is also cooperation in the family, but that's between my sister and I, and my sister and my parents. I never fight with my sister, we always get along. She asks me to do anything and I always agree and do it. My parents and her never fight with her either. They always agree on things. So there is always conflict and cooperation in families it just depends on the day.