SSICsim 2017 Committees
Come as you are.*
Game of Thrones: Winter Solstice
Ashvi Shah and Fatema Lotia
Based off the HBO TV series, the Game of Thrones committee focuses on the interplay between risky politics driven by personal interests versus the need for stability and peace in a large co-dependent community. The committee takes place in the medieval world of Westeros created by George R. R. Martin and deals with a variety of socio-political issues, ranging from civil war, to kingdom fragmentation, all the way to potential annihilation by an external threat. Characters and houses must try their hand at diplomacy while being tempted by deceit and betrayal at every turn. Who can you trust? Brother against brother, centuries-old family feuds, royals with a thirst for revenge, the greedy, the power-hungry - all must come together to survive the game of thrones.
Gotham City: The Darkest Knight
Archie Burton Smith
Gotham City is crumbling. Decades of poverty, government corruption and urban decay has led to the city becoming a haven for criminals and a hell for citizens living in it. In this committee delegates will become members of a Gotham City emergency council whose purpose is rebuilding the city and solving different crises facing it. They will have to deal with many issues from criminal gangs and supervillains to government corruption and police brutality and maybe even a certain vigilante. The city of Gotham needs heroes… will you be the one it needs? Or the one it deserves…
The Search for Modern China: 1945 - Joint Crisis
Neumann Hon, Asic Chen, and Stefan Rus
This joint crisis pits the two camps against each other in the struggle between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist Party of China, the two most viable options for leadership in the country at the time. By the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, China had been in turmoil for the better part of a century. After the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the search for modern China is nowhere close to a conclusion, and the fate of the nation depends on the delegates’ actions. As Japanese forces started to vacate occupied territories, the anti-Japanese United Front made up of Communist and Nationalist forces began to dissolve, and hostility threatened to resume between the two ideological enemies. Against the backdrop of the budding Cold War, this committee takes delegates back to the eventful summer of 1945, when the most senior members of the Communist and Nationalist parties must decide on the future of China either through diplomacy or by force.
The year is 1984, and the citizens of Oceania live under the most rigorous dictatorship the world has ever seen. Nobody is free, and any form of dissent – even one that is hoarded in the most private corners of one’s mind – is punishable by death. Nothing escapes the watchful eye of the Big Brother. Nothing, except a small group of 15 rebels, who hope to successfully overthrow the tyrannical state and form a democratic government. Together, they must gather forces, allocate proper resources, and ignite the spark of the rebellion, all the while remaining uncovered by the Inner Party. But overthrowing the Party is only half the task. After decades of despotic rule, the rebels must then establish a new state that operates under the principles of open democracy and individual liberty, form proper democratic institutions, and repair diplomatic relations with the outside world. It is up to them to determine the future of the new Oceania – will it finally embrace democracy, or will it revert back to its tyrannical ways under the rule of new rebel government?
The Iran-Contra Operation
Six years after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and in the midst of the Lebanese Civil War, relations between the United States and Iran are all but cordial to the public. Although in light of American hostages being held in the captivity of Hezbollah, and Iran being subject to an arms embargo while fighting in the Iran-Iraq War, the clandestine U.S.-Iran arms deal was born. Ronald Reagan, his senior administration, and influential advisors began to facilitate the secret sale of arms to Iran in exchange for the release of hostages by Hezbollah. Following two exchanges and Robert McFarlane’s resignation as National Security Advisor, a new possibility of expanding the deal to help the anti-Communist fight in Nicaragua and beyond will require further diligence from the secret committee. Its members will need to effectively deal with the Iranian government and its associates, manage the release of American hostages, and skirt around Congress to fund the Contras to overthrow the communist Sandinista government. The prospect of combining their Iranian and Nicaraguan operations together will need to be carefully orchestrated, and most importantly, kept from the public eye.
Shattered Mirror: The Human Machine - Joint Crisis
Ashley Lall and Alex Parent
Shattered Mirror: The Human Machine takes place in the mid-2130s, five years after a robotic revolt sweeps Japan. Millions of robots have overthrown their human owners, ousting survivors lucky enough to escape to the edge of the country. Criticizing humanity for its ignorance toward the planet’s climate, the robotic revolutionaries have formed a special council to deliberate their next move: global revolt.
The former robotic servants, a reflection of their creators’ best and worst qualities, now stand ready to take charge. Humans have been tasked with a singular mission of survival. Each side will do anything to prevent its demise.
As a joint crisis committee, Shattered Mirror pits human and robotic delegates against each other in a battle for equality, independence, and survival. Do machines deserve human rights? Can humanity guarantee its existence on Earth? Is justice a human luxury or something more? Look in the mirror and find out.
The Shenue Crisis of 2431
Embroiled in a devastating civil war, the last bastion of human civilization left on planet earth has become the home of a chaotic conflict that threatens to tear the city and its inhabitants apart. On one side are the Greater People of Shenue, the self proclaimed government responsible for upholding society and order, though many would argue their methods are far from respectable. On the other side exist the Ashura-Kai, an organized crime syndicate whose support and influence throughout the city mirror the power of the the ruling party themselves. Though once benign in in their rivalry, supporters of both sides have instigated armed combat amongst themselves, running the streets red with the blood of both combatants and innocents. Delegates will assume the roles of members of a special intermediary council formulated by the distraught vice president of Shenue in hopes of finding compromise amongst the terror. Double crossing, actions with consequence, and threats from both within and outside will happen, and with territory changing hands, conflict is inevitable. Will the committee succeed in their goal? Which party will reign supreme? What will happen to the glorious city of Shenue? Tune in to find out.
* Stay tuned closer to the conference for updates.