Bullets to Ballots
By: Jessica Nardozza
What groups are involved, who had the power?
In the game all of the groups were involved at all times. Every group had something that they wanted to say or treaties that they wanted to sign. Every action that was mad would effect more than just the group or groups that made the decision. This happens in the real world too. If one country decides to put sanctions on another country, chances are, a third country will get involved. For the majority of the game, the Army and Wealthy had the power. For a small period of time the Guerrillas had the power and were in charge.
How was the balance of power shifted and why?
the Army and Wealthy started off with the power and kept it for most of the game. Sometimes, the Guerrillas had the power. It seams like, if someone has power, they keep it. There always seams to be someone that is trying to get that power and they come up short a lot. The Guerrillas were chasing after the power the entire game but there were never able to grab the power and hold on. The Army and Wealthy was just a little bit stronger than the Guerrillas, and kept on getting their power back.
How was cooperation and conflict shown in the game?
Cooperation was shown in the game when groups made treaties that they stuck with. It was shown again when groups made allies. The game still would have interesting if there were no allies, but having friends is good especially when someone will end up controlling your entire country and you have no idea who it will be. If there were no allies in our real world, that would be a huge problem because everyone would be fighting all of the time.
At the beginning of each month, the Army and Wealthy attacked the Guerrillas or vise versa. with out this conflict the game would not have been as exciting because a major power shift never would have happened. If all of the groups got along, the game would have been much, much different and very, very boring.
After one of the Guatemalan Governments's treaties was broken, we started warning other groups about signing treaties with the Peasants. Since the Peasants broke our treaty, and we warned the other teams we caused both cooperation and conflict. We cooperated with the other groups but conflicted with the Peasants.
What role did the US have on this situation?
What happens when the power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?
What relationships do you have in your life, and how are cooperation and conflict evident?
Cooperation: When my parents go out, and give my brother and I chores to do, we cooperate to get them done. First we split up the chores and we each start working on our own chores. If one person finishes their chores first, we help each other to finish so that all of the chores are completed before my parents get home.