The 7th Annual Crisis at Carnegie Mellon
UN Office for
Outer Space Affairs
The Middle Eastern Cold War
The Great Schism
American astronomer Carl Sagan once noted, “All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.” The human race is notoriously proficient at evading extinction; thus as uncertainty about our future on Earth grows, so too does our readiness to pursue space exploration. Technology is no obstacle; advancements are made every day that surpass what was ever thought possible. The real question is: can our capacity for sound policy-making keep up with this rapid development of spacefaring technology? International decision-making on Earth is complex as it is, but determining how best to govern ourselves as we approach the final frontier is a completely different beast. As a member of UNOOSA, you must tackle these big, far-reaching questions, while also balancing the interests of your own nation. Be careful, though--the ramifications of your actions could be universal.
In 1968, the Civil Rights and movements of the New Left reached their peak. However, for the FBI, their goal is not to support these movements. The existence of these New Left groups threatens the status quo of the nation and the stability and order that has existed for decades. Some of them are even turning very radical, like the Black Panther Party and the Weathermen. As FBI agents, you have orders to carry out the operations you find necessary to contain the threats posed by these organizations. The ethics and legality for your actions are up for debate, but the FBI has given you carte blanche to do as you please and disrupt the actions of these groups as you see fit. What will you do to keep the peace?
The Houthi Rebels have just bombed Saudi Arabian oil fields, destroying five percent of the world’s oil supply. Intelligence suggests the attacks may have come from Iran, an allegation the Iranian government denies. These are two governments with connections to various non-state actors, all of whom are being used as proxies in various shadow conflicts. With the bombing of Saudi Arabian oil, the two nations are now several steps closer to war. It is now up to representatives in both governments to restore more amiable relations between historical rivals, or face the threat of an all-out conflict in the world’s most unstable region. The consequences of this conflict will change the dynamic of the region forever. Your people are trusting you to make wise, level-headed decisions.
It’s 1054. Tensions between Pope Leo IX and Patriarch Michael Cerularius are at an all-time high. The church is threatening to split into two halves. It is up to you, the remaining cardinals, to decide whether to save the papacy from being split into two factions and create a peaceful resolution between the two sides, or let the split take place and deal with the ramifications of those actions. If peace is an option, how should the different rivalries and tensions be resolved? If peace isn’t an option, how can you prevent all out conflict? The consequences of either path can be severe if not handled properly, and the decisions you make will be important for the fate of the church for millenia.