Bullets and Ballots Simulation

Ashwina Khapre Cultural Geography Mr. Lee

1- What groups are involved? Who had the power?

The groups involved were the Guerillas, the Army and Wealthy, the Peasants, the Guatemalan Government and the United States. The power shifted a few times but in the end the Army and Wealthy kept control of the power.

2 - How the balance of power shifted and why.

The balance shifted in between two groups when they made a treaty or deal. The power shifted because one group (usually the bigger one) gave up something to the other so they could have the support of the group. The Army and Wealthy tried to make many deals and compromises with the other groups, which is how the US in real life interacts with the rest of the world. The US will try to negotiate with other countries, before they resort to either war or cutting the country off from them.

3- How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game (violence/corruption/war)?

Cooperation was shown when groups make deals with each other, allying with groups that had the same opponent. Conflicts though were mainly between the Guerillas and the Army and Wealthy, with the Government occasionally joining in. The Army and Wealthy would attack the Guerillas, and the Guerillas would counter attack.

4 - What role did the US have on the simulation?

The US was a supporter of sorts. They would evaluate all the groups and listen to what each would have to say. They would then try to determine which group was the best option to side with. In our “country” the US decided to side with the Army and Wealthy because they wanted to set up a democracy within the country and the Army and Wealthy were the ones with the most likely candidate.

5 - What happens to a country when power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?

Power shifting depends on who the power shifts to. Say the power shifts from the Guerillas to the Army and Wealthy, it all depends if the Army is well liked by the rest of the groups. If the groups liked them, I would think they would have no problem with the Army being in charge. Now if the Guerillas had the power, the other groups might not like them since they usually resorted to violence to get what they want.

6 - Apply this information to YOUR LIFE! What relationships do you have in your life, and how are cooperation and conflict evident? Provide a minimum of TWO examples!

Well I have three younger siblings sometimes we cooperate and conspire against each other. Other times I want to pull my hair, since we get in to big arguments. The relationship between me and my siblings is, like how the Army and Wealthy argued with the Guerillas over who had power. Usually the one who was bigger in strength would win (me) and the smaller lesser group (my siblings) would concede because they weren’t strong enough to overthrow their opponents.

Another way that people conflict and cooperate is all the governments of the world. Each country either decides to work with other governments so they can somehow benefit from the treaty or deal. When governments conflict, this is where war comes in. Countries can choose whether they want to be peaceful with each other, just like how my siblings and I choose to be civil to one another. This is also how the game went people choosing their allies and their enemies.


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