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?

What role did the US have on this situation?

The US was very willing to understand everything that everyone had to say. They didn’t sign any treaties with the Guatemalan government but they had treaties with the Army and Wealthy and the Peasants. They never broke any treaties and they helped the Army and Wealthy earn MSU’s so that they could remain in power. The United States tried to help everyone that they could especially the group that they wanted in power. They were very powerful even though they didn't have all of the MSU's. Everyone wanted to ally with them and that's what made them so strong.

What happens when the power shifts, is the effect positive or negative?

When the power shifts, everybody has an opinion. Some people think it's good and some people think it's bad. When the power shifted to the Guerrillas from the Army & Wealthy, the Guerrillas were happy because they were in charge but, the Army & Wealthy was unhappy because they lost control. Toward the end of the game, the Guatemalan Government wanted a power shift because we were unsure of what the Army and Wealth were going to do with the power if they ended up with it. The effect of a power shift can be positive or negative depending on the way you look at it and depending on your opinions.

What relationships do you have in your life, and how are cooperation and conflict evident?

Conflict: Kyra is my best friend and we hang out all the time. The problem is, we like a lot of different things. One thing she really like doing is catching frogs. I don't enjoy catching frogs at all. When ever I go over to her house, we argue about weather or not we should go down to the pond and catch frogs or not. We always end up going to the pond. I sit off to the side while her and her sisters catch frogs. Then the next time we hangout, the battle starts again.

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.