1956 | cuba
“Condemn me, it does not matter. History will absolve me.” – Fidel Castro
The year is 1956 and internal sociopolitical tensions in the Republic of Cuba are higher than ever. Following Fulgencio Batista’s seize of power in 1952 via a military coup, Cuba continues to experience heavy internal instability. The country remains plagued by high employment rates, poor infrastructure, and widespread poverty. Batista further antagonizes the masses by forming lucrative links to organized crime, allowing American companies to dominate the Cuban economy, and by brutally suppressing those who oppose his regime. As a resistance to Batista’s dictatorship, rebel forces, led by Fidel Castro, executed the spread of the 26th of July Movement as can be seen through their failed attack on the Moncada Barrack in 1953. As such, President Batista has called a council of his most trusted military personnel and Cabinet members in order to advise him on the plethora of issues plaguing the Republic of Cuba, and thus help concoct a way to resolve them, abolish the opposition, and once again restore internal stability.
topics of debate
1. Combatting high unemployment rates within the Republic of Cuba whilst balancing foreign influence on the job market.
2. Evaluating the role of American companies on the Cuban economy and assessing the dynamics between the Cuban and American governments.
3. Improving public perception of the Cuban government and quietly suppressing the opposition.
4. Containing the spread of the 26th of July Movement and deciding on the course of action that should be taken regarding the current exile of rebel leaders in Mexico.