joint CRISIS 1B banana wars (interventionists)

TOPIC: Reflecting on the Tyranny of Multi-National Banana

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Bigelow (6403)

Chair: Matt Leonard (mattleonard16@me.com)

The Banana Wars Committee operates under the joint crisis format (no position paper required). It will retain the dynamic structure, fast pace, and basic rules of a normal crisis committee; however, the committee is organized into two separate rooms – independently functioning but bound to the same storyline. Each of the two rooms is comprised of twenty delegates organized around a specific cause (either socialist reform or anti-communist intervention); they will need to think on their feet and work together to implement their agenda before the other half cuts them off. The reformers, representing the newly-elected and increasingly leftist administration of President Gerardo Santángel, will race to undermine the fruit companies, mobilize the working poor, and cement an alliance with the Eastern Bloc to guarantee their defense. The interventionists, representing the interests of the Western Powers, multinational fruit companies, and Benguerran opposition, must try to topple the government and install a friendly regime before a Soviet satellite state emerges in America’s backyard. Both factions will react to the same unexpected scenarios and diplomatic crises which defined the Cold War era, outsmarting and outmaneuvering their opponents to emerge victorious. The names, biographies, and territories described at length in the background guide are all fictional, though the trials and tribulations of the people of Benguerra reflect the same political reality that many Latin American countries faced throughout the 20th century.

Note: Given the heightened pace and more fluid format of crisis committees, especially one with two opposing factions, Banana Wars will present a unique challenge to experienced delegates. That said, first time crisis delegates should not be deterred. The crisis format, designed to rapidly react to changing conditions, involves much more relaxed rules and regulations, relying mostly on the creativity, adaptability, and persuasion of individual delegates rather than the procedural accuracy or voting mechanics of a standard committee.