Unit 2 Summative

By: Rylie Burke

My Claim: People move and join together as different social groups that cooperate and cause conflict within eachother

Bullets and Ballots Simulation

"Bullets and Ballots" is a simulation that we played in class that was based off of a real life scenario in Guatemala. The time period that we played our game in was the 1960's during the Guatemalan Civil War. This battle was fought between the Government of Guatemala, the army and wealthy, the rebel guerrillas, and the suffering peasants. Even the United States was involved in this brutal war. It was very interesting to see the different standpoints that were expressed throughout these social groups. During this game, I was put into the Guatemalan Government. Our job was to remain in power while gaining back trust from the peasants. While doing this we also attempted to make peace with the guerrillas, maintain support for the U.S, and stop the army and wealthy from gaining to much power and mistreating the peasants. I observed and took action in the game by making treaties and debating with other social groups. Even though we did not win the game, I feel that the Guatemalan Government did the best we could to collect more MSU's and regain control over our country.
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How does Bullets and Ballots relate to the Enduring Understanding?

Migration: Throughout this game, there were many examples of migration. I noticed that throughout the game people were migrating to different social groups and spreading ideas to each other. Although I saw treaties being made and plans being created I did not see anyone moving from their original social groups. We learned that peasants were migrating to the mountains and other countries to be safe and that guerrillas, the US, and the army were migrating into Guatemala to fight the war between the social groups.

Conflict and Cooperation: In my opinion, the biggest theme in this simulation was learning how to cooperate with your group to try and win the game. Unfortunately, all of the social groups had very different and strong opinions that caused conflict between us. For example, the Army and Wealthy wanted to have control over Guatemala and get rid of the guerrillas. We, as the Guatemalan Government, want to have control over the country and had to stop the Army and Wealthy from getting too much power. Also, the guerrillas obviously did not want to be stopped so they fought for what they believed in. At the same time, the peasants did not want the government to have control because we let thousands of there people die. The United States supported us, but they should not be involved in matters beyond their country. Overall, everybody cooperated with their groups to fight for how Guatemala should be run.

Cultural Mosaics: During the game, I witnessed people from different cultures, beliefs and ethnic groups come together and share their the ideas by going around the room and talking to people with other cultural mosaics. This was good in a way because it let people analyze the issue that was occurring. Like I said before, different people that have different cultural mosaics won't always agree on everything, but that is why it is good to talk to others and come to a general conclusion.

How does the Real-World relate to the Enduring Understanding?

North Korea vs. South Korea

Although the enduring understanding relates to many situations, I feel that the conflict between North Korea and South Korea is a perfect example. Since North Korea is a very isolated and confined country, it is rather difficult for people to migrate in and out of. This country is so extreme with the act of migrating out of North Korea, that it is considered an act of treason! South Korea on the other hand, is not communist like North Korea. In South Korea, you are free to enter and exit the country as you please as long as you meet the specific laws and requirements. South Korea has migration requirements that are much more reasonable than North Korea. This is one of the issues that lead to conflict between the countries.

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Along with the conflict over migration, there are also many other problems that have been occurring between these two countries. North and South Korea haven been constantly threatening and exchanging rocket fire at each other since the Korean War. The two countries have many different opinions on how a country should be run making them constantly conflicting with each other. Although people view the countries as always being involved in conflict, there is actually a lot of cooperation that is involved. In order for North Korea to obtain their extremely large military forces, the country must work together to overcome obstacles. Also, in order for South Korea to continue being a democracy, they must cope with how to deal with the communist countries around them.
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North Korea is known for its unique cultural mosaics, even though it is practically cut off from the world. North Korean's practically worship the Kim family as they are known to be "born form heaven". The people live in a humid continental climate and a majority of them follow the religion of Christianity. South Korea is more of a temperate climate, they don't worship their leader and are mostly Buddhist. These two countries also both speak the Korean Language and they both have a homogeneous population.

How does the Real-World relate to my experience in the Bullets and Ballots Simulation?

Since the simulation was based off of a real world issue, it has a lot in common with the issues between North Korea and South Korea. In the simulation there were many social groups involved such as the Army&Wealthy, Peasants,the US, the Guatemalan Government, and the Guerrillas. In my topic, the social groups that were involved includes, the North Korean Government, the isolated citizens, the military, the South Korean government, their military, and their people. In each problem, every social group got a chance to fight for what they desire. They both made treaties and conflicted while also cooperating with their own groups and at some points, with each other.

How does the Enduring Understanding relate to my life?

The enduring understanding relates to my life in many ways but especially in sports teams, such as cheerleading. Through cheerleading, you experience many things that will be occurring more likely in the future. These things include migration, conflict, cooperation, and cultural mosaics. When you participate in a cheerleading team, you migrate constantly. One example is that since people migrate to fit their needs, in cheerleading when it is raining it is unsafe to practice. So, instead of practicing outside, we must migrate to somewhere indoors. Another example, is that many people have to migrate to different places if they want to be on a all-star cheerleading team that is based out of a different state. Cheerleading also requires cooperation between the whole team. This can sometimes cause conflict. My first example of cooperation is that when you are stunting in a group, in order for the stunt to hit, everyone must do their job properly and work together both physically and through communication. Also, when you are doing the routine, everyone must do their motions and tumbling on time or we will crash into each other and look off count. Lastly, in cheerleading there are many different teams, ethnic groups and languages involved making it a cultural mosaic. I predict that as cheerleading gets more competitive in the next few years that there will be more conflict between the different teams (or social groups).

How does my life relate to Bullets and Ballots?

Bullets and Ballots was a very realistic simulation that can relate to my life in many ways. In Bullets and Ballots, I saw people make treaties and also stab people in the back by writing things in invisible ink. This sadly stuck out as one of the most relatable things in my life. Especially in high school, people make new friends and personalities change towards each other. I have also realized that during these past few years (including middle school), people who you thing you are close with turn on you when you are not expecting it. This is exactly what happened during the simulation.

My Six Word Story

Social groups conflict while also cooperating