Laura Schulz (Chair), Parminder Cheema (Vice Chair), Marie Fester (Crisis Director), Andrew Fawaz (Assistant Crisis Director)
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” From Dr Seuss’ “The Lorax”
Nicole Arski (Chair), Hannah Drinkell (Vice Chair), Eric Krol (Crisis Director), Catherine Steblaj (Assistant Crisis Director)
Cabinet of Gamal Abdel Nasser
It is the year 1955. Egypt has recently been declared a Republic, with Gamal Abdel Nasser as Prime Minister and de-facto leader. Nasser came into power after the 1952 Free Officers Coup, whereby the Mohammed Ali Dynasty officially ended, and a new era dawned upon Egypt. However, this time is one met with uncertainties. Across the border, the Middle East is in an unstable period with countries such as Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia who have been at odds with Egypt recently and it is unclear what their intentions are with the new Republican regime. To make matters worse, it appears the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union will soon enter into the Middle East with both powers eyeing to make political alliances in the region. Inside Egypt’s borders the status of the Suez Canal, the Muslim Brotherhood, royalists, an aging military and slow economic progress, among others, are all problems that must be discussed. With so many decisions for you, the Cabinet of Gamal Abdel Nasser, to make, there is one question left to answer: how will Egypt be remembered in history?
Garima Karia (Chair), Beryl Liu (Vice Chair), Peter Furberg (Crisis Director), Vivian Qiang (Assistant Crisis Director)
Court of Qin Shi Huang
The year is 230 BC, and China is at a turning point in history. This is the dawn of a new era for China, and many dangerous yet promising pursuits await. Under the direction of Qin Shi Huang, your task will be to unify the states in a valiant effort to unify China, once and for all. As Qin Shi Huang’s court, your duty to foster the growth and unity of this Empire will be no simple task - war, assassination attempts, reforms, and ambitious projects upon successful unification (such as the construction of a Great Wall, perhaps) are on the horizon. Together, this court will ensure that our dynasty will last for 10,000 generations, and that this great Empire thrive under lasting order and Chinese pre-eminence. After all, until the elixir of immortality is found, this life is one’s only chance to unify and serve this great dynasty...
Julia Nguyen (Chair), Chloe Pierret (Vice Chair), Emma Sutherland (Crisis Director), Emile Lambert-Deslandes (Assistant Crisis Director)
First Indochina War [Bilingual]
French Indochina, 1944. While the world had its eyes on the theaters of World War II, the people of Vietnam were also yearning for change. Nearly sixty years under the French colonial regime had made the Vietnamese resentful of their foreign occupiers. The Vietnamese bureaucracy was replaced by French administrators, while the emperor had been reduced to a mere token figure. The trade of Vietnam’s abundant natural resources filled the French coffers, but it left the people of Vietnam landless and hungry. It is under this politically repressive and economically exploitative colonial rule that nationalism began to take hold.
En 1940, le gouvernement de Vichy reconnaît au Japon la présence de l’armée impériale sur le territoire indochinois. Cette double occupation étrangère enflamme la ferveur nationaliste et augmente la popularité de Ho Chi Minh et de la Ligue pour l’indépendance du Viêt Nam. Les Viêt Minh ont de l’espoir : en 1944 la deuxième guerre mondiale semble tirer à sa fin, et le temps est enfin mûr pour lancer une insurrection contre les forces coloniales. Toutefois, la diminution des récoltes et la réquisition de la nourriture par les troupes françaises et japonaises causent la mort de plus en plus de paysans. Les Viêt Minh seront-ils capables de saisir cette opportunité pour libérer le peuple vietnamien? L’avenir d’une nation se jouera dans les prochains jours.
Luke Anderson (Chair), Ommu-Kulsoom J.Abdul (Vice-Chair), Nikolas Dolmat (Crisis Director), John Weston (Assistant Crisis Director)
Sierra Leone Company
The Sierra Leone Company was a British Royal Crown Chartered Company, and one of the first historical companies and board of directors.
The Sierra Leone Company was instrumental in the abolitionist movement within the British Empire, founded by Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson, the founders of The Society of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and those chiefly responsible for the outlawing of the British Slave Trade.
The Sierra Leone Company received its royal charter by an act of Parliament and became a bastion of freedom in the the Empire for abolitionist views and was a used as an example in the debate for the 'Abolition of Slave Trade Act' the British Act outlawing the British Transatlantic slave trade.
Britain offered freedom from slavery for all slaves who rose up in defiance of the Americans in the War of Independence. In 1792, led by Lt. John Clarkson, 1,200 freed slaves left Nova Scotia where they had been promised land but failed to receive it. Not knowing their exact origin in Africa, but wanting to return home, they decided to return to the continent and make a new home with the Sierra Leone Company in what would become to be known as Freetown.
In 1792, with British abolitionists, London citizens of African descent, and freed American slaves the Sierra Leone Company founded the colony of Freetown forging onward to build their society, and create their future, with one question on their mind at heart, Am I Not A Man and A Brother?
Hena Guha (Chair), Nadine Pelaez (Vice Chair), James Carey (Crisis Director), Taylor Lynn Curtis (Assistant Crisis Director)
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar [Literary]
Be prepared to enter the world of 44 BCE Rome, with all of the famous ancient figures, including Mark Antony, Octavian, Brutus, and of course Julius Caesar! This committee is based off of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and will challenge delegates to maintain Roman democracy by participating in Julius Caesar’s Special Council. After Caesar’s glorious defeat of Pompey’s armies, and a miraculous parade through the streets, he is looking for advice on Rome’s future. The delegates will represent a variety of individuals featured in the book, including senators, generals, and tribunes who all fight for the glory of Rome. Delegates will have to determine what the best course of action for Rome is, be in maintaining the status quo or looking for a leader elsewhere. Only through balancing the delicate politics of Rome, working with other delegates, and listening to other worldly influences will the delegates truly be able to secure the glory of Rome, now and forever. Remember, “beware the ides of March.” and that “the evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.”
Rebecca Spiteri (Chair), Katarina Majetic (Vice Chair), Pedro Zaya (Crisis Director), Alex Horbal (Assistant Crisis Director)
In the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE) Assembly, delegates will find themselves apart of an international criminal organization bent on the pursuit of power and wealth. Starting in the early sixties, SPECTRE members will traverse the various events of the Cold War, exerting their influence in order to shape history to their favour. Members will have to consider the position of SPECTRE in a bipolar system, and understand that any interference in global affairs will likely garner the attention of the CIA, KGB and MI6. But as members of SPECTRE know, the world is not enough: the affairs of the superpowers is where SPECTRE is likely to gain the most. Further, if one’s allegiance to SPECTRE is in question, or performance is lacking, SPECTRE’s notorious leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld has no issue in making cuts. With such a daunting task ahead, and intense pressure from the leadership, members of SPECTRE can only hope to die another day.
Anuradha Mallik (Chair), Charles Tak Yin Madre (Vice Chair), Lennart Nehrbass (Crisis Director), Sam Haward (Assistant Crisis Director)
Texas Revolutionary War
It’s a new year, and as January of 1835 dawns on us, tensions between groups settled in Texas are beginning to rise. The oppressive Mexican edict of April 1830 has capped further colonization of Texas by Anglo-Americans; Anahuac was disturbed in the battle of Velasco in 1832; Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas” who led emigration efforts has been imprisoned in Mexico since 1834. Dissatisfaction with Santa Anna from the Texans’ side is leading to a buildup that will surely break into skirmishes between groups in Texas.
Delegates will be tasked with handling the conflicts that exist between societies within Texas, discussing further steps and consolidating the identity of Texas. Alongside internal issues, the risk of foreign incursion is rising - on one side, Mexico under Santa Anna threatens to consolidate power through force, on the other, ties with the United States are strengthening, serving positively but complicating the potential for independence. Who are the people of Texas, and who does Texas belong to? Who will the inhabitants of Texas align with? With tensions rising this high, one move could launch Texas into revolutionary chaos.
Gordon Barad (Chair- Lancaster), Spencer Handfield (Vice Chair-Lancaster), Tijana Mitrovic (Chair- York), Jonathan Nguyen (Vice Chair- York),
Jorge Saldana (Crisis Director), Matthew O’Connell (Assistant Crisis Director - Lancaster), Cassandra Moschella (Assistant Crisis Director - York)
Wars of the Roses [Joint Crisis Committees]
Welcome to the Isles of Britannia in the year 1454. The rule of law in England has been deteriorating with because of the lack of respect shown to the lord who is rightfully god’s sanctioned ruler. As a result, there is a pervasive sense of defiance across the land. Most concentrated in this insolence is the House of York, led by no other than the oathbreaker Richard of York. They have refused to release their ambitions on the crown and challenge the House of Lancaster’s position as the legitimate house of lineage.
The challenge is an existential one, fail, and the lancaster household will be wiped out as well as all your personal branches of the household. Even if you are not of the House of Lancaster you still have much to lose. The house of York’s prior actions suggest there will be basis for far more treachery to come. If consequences are not enough of a motivation there are still the rewards for consistent loyalty and acts of valour.
Come prevent the challenge to the very heart of the English institutions. Come away a victor and dominant player in all England. Come to the House of Lancaster.
As the year 1454 sets over England, the social and economic uncertainty caused by the Hundred Years’ War has destabilized the English realm, igniting a bitter rivalry between King Henry VI’s House of Lancaster and the noble House of York. Richard of York claims the throne from his ancestor King Edward III, while a self-serving Court dominates Henry VI’s passive rule. The Lancaster clan has no intention in clearing the path to power and the Yorkist will show no mercy in claiming what is rightfully theirs.
In the most prolific game of chess, political factionalism, family interests, wealth, and ambition will have a hand in shaping the future of the throne. Obtaining the orb and sceptre will require alliances and ruthful sacrifices. The question is, are you willing to risk it all?
Nobles of the land, the choice is yours to make. Will you rally behind the rightful heir, Richard of York, the man who will lead the crown into a glorious century of eulogies and achievements or will you allow one mad man to run the English monarchy into the ground?