Culture Patterns and Processes

by Mike Hanlon

Who had the Power?

During this game there were 5 groups who had different power positions at the beginning:

Army and Wealthy-170

Guerrillas-100

Guatemalan Government-20

Peasants and Workers-0

United States-60

So at the beginning the A&W had the power

Power Shifts

During the 3 Months till the election there was several power shifts

Month 1

Army and Wealthy-170

Guerrillas-100

Guatemalan Government-20

Peasants and Workers-0

United States-60

Month 2

Army and Wealthy-140

Guerrillas-130

Guatemalan Government-20

Peasants and Workers-0

United States-60

Month 3

Army and Wealthy-40

Guerrillas-0

Guatemalan Government-155

Peasants and Workers-75

United States-85

For a while the A&W held most of the control, but the Guerrilla had several successful attacks on them they were able to take the power and they did this so they could get the most MSU's and prevent the A&W from taking over. However at the end the U.S. took over the government because they were afraid a communist government would arise so they took over and in the end the Guatemalan Government held the most MSU's and power though under America's control.

Cooperation and Conflict

Several time there was conflict and cooperation in the game. One way was that people from different groups tried to persuade other members from different groups to join them. They did this so they could try and win more MSU's. This had some conflicts because everyone tried to get the peasants since they would do anything to be happier. Another conflict was the Guerrillas attacked the A&W twice and the A&W attacked them once. These two were also competing against each other for votes from other groups so they clashed a few times. However there was some cooperation like when the peasants and the U.S. made a deal with the peasants to give them 10 million dollars for cooperation from the peasants. Also the Peasants signed a deal with the Guatemalan Government to give the Government all their votes for the election. Also the guerrillas signed a treaty to join the Government and support them. But there was some corruption as the peasants accepted gifts of candy from the Government to make them more willing to sign a deal with them

Role of the U.S.A

Role

For most of the time, the U.S. was just a spectator, acting as a peacekeeper making sure that a democratic or U.S. friendly government was elected into power. They made a deal with the peasants for ten million to have them be receptive to the U.S. and accept treaties from them. However at the end they shed their quiet role and did a takeover of the government when it seemed that a communist government would be put into power. So in Hindsight the U.S had little roles till the end.

Positive and Negative Power Shifts

When power shifts a group takes control. When a group is in control, they can silence people, or make people do what they want. They can do basically whatever they want. This can be a positive or negative effect according to the group. It's positive for a lower group to win the power, but negative for a higher group to lose the power. In our game, the Army and Wealthy had all the power, but ended up losing it. It was a negative effect for them, but a positive affect for the people who got the power. Also this can affect treaties and deals positively as then more people will want to make deals with the people in power no. However there are negative affects as the people who lost power won't get anyone to sign deals with them to get what they want

How this affects my life

After looking at this simulation in an in-depth view, I can see how this game applies to my life. Several times in my life there is conflict like how the USA can act like our parents, If our parents don't get it to be their way, they step in and take charge. They will end up taking control to settle things. They want things to go their way. Parents are exactly the same way. They both want everything to go their way. Once I was wanting to go to a rock concert in Boston with some of my friends, but they didn't want me to go because they thought it would be too dangerous, and I told them my friends parents would be going with us, but they still didn't want me to go. They wanted it to be their way. However there is some cooperation in my life. Me and my brother don't get along often, but some times we work together to get the things we want. Like how the peasants and the U.S. made a deal to get things they wanted, me and my brother worked together to get a video game. My parents wouldn't let my brother get it because he had just gotten to go on a trip to Florida. I also wanted to play the game so I made a deal that I would get equal playing time if I asked for it from my parents. My brother agreed and I asked my parents for it and they got it for me and we both got to play it. These example are proof that cooperation and conflict exists in my life and that this game applies to my life