Bullets and Ballots

The Fight for Power in a Society

What groups are involved, who had the power?

There are four groups; peasants, USA, Army & wealthy, and the Guerillas. The army and wealthy have most of the power. Followed by the guerillas and the US, The government was weak and ruled by the Army and wealthy. The peasants had nothing; no power, no food, no shelter, no say, no nothing.

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How the Balance of power shifted and why?

The balance of power shifted slightly throughout the game. The Army and wealthy had most of the power for 2 months. The power shifted slightly to the peasants from the government in the first month. During the second month USA gave the peasants power in trade of loyalty. The peasants broke treaty and went to the guerrilla's taking their power with them. This made the Americans mad because they broke their trust for what seemed to be no reason. The peasants felt the army and wealthy weren't giving them enough, the guerrilla's have been in their shoes and would help them. The action of the peasants put the Guerrilla's ahead in the game. Making them the control of the country.This scared everyone. The US realized the betrayal and gave the army and wealthy all of their MSU's/power putting them back in charge. Overall the power stayed the same with the, power, in the army and wealthy's hands.

How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game?

The peasants cooperated and conflicted with almost every group. They would make treaties and then break them soon after, just to help the guerrilla's gain control. The USA cooperated, or tried to cooperate with everyone except the guerrilla's. The Guerrilla's took power/help from Cuba and the Americans didn't like that, so they tried their hardest to take them down. The battles between the Guerrilla's and army & wealthy is a spitting image of conflict in a culture/country. The Army and wealthy cooperated to take down the guerrilla's, their cooperation payed off. Cooperation and conflict are shown in every society whether it being a country or a family.

What role did the USA have on the simulation?

The USA was basically a mediator. They supported a different group every month. At first they supported the government. But after talking to the peasants they decided they could trust the peasants more. they thought wrong. the peasants turned against them, which is when they finally realized the only group with the same idea's as them was the army and wealthy. They helped them out a lot. The USA basically decided the end result for the country. Overall the USA always have the power and always use it to their benefits.

What happens to the country when the power shifts, is it a posetive or negative outcome?

When the power shifts all the groups are effected. It causes disagreements between groups, or conflict, on whether the power should have gone where it did. It also created positive alliances for some people of the society. For example when the power shifted back to the army and wealthy it had a positive take for them and the Americans, because it put them in control so that they could take over and get rid of the guerrilla's. This also had a negative effect on the guerrilla's and the government because they didn't agree with the way the army and wealthy wanted to run the country. This situation created a rift between the Americans and the government because all they wanted to do was take back control , but with Al Bushad under control no one had a say. I know that when power shifts it creates waves, some good some bad depending on where you are standing.

How does this apply to your life?

My older sister and I butt heads a lot, but we also work together daily. We are like our own community in a way. We fight over territory, the front seat of the car or the closest seat to our mom. We fight over power/control, the TV is power and we fight for the remote. In most society's people fight over these same things, control and territory. We cooperate in trying to annoy our future uncle, to make sure he is worthy... you know, it's a family thing. We also sort of have a treaty going, she makes me coffee every morning and occasionally lets me barrow her clothes in exchange for the front seat in the mornings. Real life societies cooperate by making treaties and trying to take down another group of people. Like when the USA gave the army and wealthy power to take down the guerrilla's. A cheerleading team, or any sports team for that matter cooperate and conflict. It's a part of life. The end routine and first place trophy is an outcome of cooperation. Drama on a team is an example of conflict. Like when a stunt falls dirty looks are given out and mumbles of it wasn't my fault are tossed around. In all reality if a stunt falls everyone's at fault. Dictators i this world think they are better than everyone else which is why they take over. conflict is also shown through territory battles during cheer. Everyone wants that center spot for jumps, dance, stunts, and pyramid. It's like the best piece of land to have, but once you have it you have to fight to keep it. In societies today people like the guerrilla's will fight to get a piece of land even if it belongs to someone already. The world is a place of battling, I've learned to never put my guard down through this game.

Cooperation and conflict throughout the entire team went into a routine that got us to the top. We won big that year because our team was like a family, a society. At the top there can only be one, DIAMONDS!!!