Joint Crisis 2b Caribbean election (conservatives)

Topic: Preserving democracy and protecting peace through a transfer of power

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Gage (6202)

Chair: Vincent Vasquez (17vasquezv@smhall.org)

The Caribbean Election 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 devoted to a particular campaign in the fictional nation of Benguerra’s 2017 election cycle. Delegates associated with the conservative Unión Nacional de Benguerra (UNB) will work tirelessly to secure the election of war hero Carlos Caetano. Those employed by the liberal Partido de la Liberación Benguereño (PLB) have devoted themselves to the cause of the dashing underdog, Enrique Pinilla. will race to undermine the fruit companies, mobilize the working poor, and cement an alliance with the Eastern Bloc to guarantee their defense. The struggle between liberal reform and traditional values has been a consistent theme throughout Benguerran history, but now these bitterly opposed forces have a chance to defy the norm and defend what little they can agree on: the sacred role of democracy. As each campaign moves across the country, they will need to respond to crises, leaks, and scandals, all while managing media markets, targeting demographics, enlisting the help of allies, and raising funds to gain an edge in polls. The names, biographies, and territories described at length in the background guide are all fictional, though the fragile balance between cutthroat politics and democratic principles continues to define modern Latin America.

Note: Given the heightened pace and more fluid format of crisis committees, especially one with two opposing factions, Caribbean Election 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.