Culture: Patterns and Processes

Bullets & Ballots

The five different groups

There were five different groups involved in the game. Each group had a different number of MSU's to start the game with.

Army & wealthy: 200 MSU's

Guerillas: 130

Government: 20

Peasants and Wrokers: 0

United States: 60

Who had power?

The Army and Wealthy had the power in the beginning because they started out with the most MSU's.

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How did power shift?

Power at the start was with the Army and wealthy, but is soon began to shift because at the end of the first month The peasants and workers had 18 MSU's now instead of none. The US which is me signed a treaty with the Army and Wealthy giving them some MSU's to help them win the game and they agreed to be friendly with the US. At the end of the second month the power swapped over to the Guerrillas. They launched a successful attack on the army and wealthy. During the final month The guerrillas, government and peasants all became one giant group and ended up winning the election.
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Cooperation and conflict within groups.

The guerrillas launched a successful attack on the army and wealthy and they counter attacked. Through that war the Guerrillas had a net gain of 10 MSU's and the army and wealthy had a net loss of 10 MSU's. Corruption would be when I personally tried to bribe the army and wealthy to sign a treaty using a pack of gum. Cooperation was probably the best thing you could do if you do it right. When the Government, Guerrillas, and peasants signed a treaty it atomically put them way ahead of the army and wealthy and won them the game. The army and wealthy didn't sign treaties which in my opinion is why they lost.
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The U.S. role on the simulation

As one of the members of the U.S. group our original plan was to sit back and observe the other groups and only step in if we had to. The Army and wealthy said that they would be friendly with us so we signed a treaty with them and gave them all but 20 of our MSU's. A lot later in the the simulation when we got news of the big treaty with the three other groups we tried to help them by giving them the last 20 MSU's we had.
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What happens when power shifts?

Power shifting in a country could have a positive or negative effect on that country. An example of a positive change would be from a dictatorship to a democracy. The people could overthrow the dictator and have peace with a democracy. A negative change in power could be if another country invades and takes over. That shift in power could ruin many lives.
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2 examples of cooperation and conflict in my life

(1) Back a few years ago when I was thirteen years old I really wanted to get a Facebook account. Both of my parents were against the idea and we had a huge argument about it. After a long time of this we finally came to the compromise that I could get a Facebook only if I let them have access to it at all times. They have my e-mail and password and can go on my Facebook whenever they want.

(2) About two years ago my Uncle Davie passed away. He was mentally challenged and my mother was his legal guardian. When he passed my mother and I were in charge of picking out the casket, the urn and other things like that. We always checked with the rest of the family when making big decisions and my grandmother and my grandfather fought with us on everything we had originally chosen. After an embarrassing fight at the funeral home we finally agreed on a beautiful funeral and it ended up being perfect.