Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General

 
 
 

The Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General is aimed at providing the most experienced delegates in the circuit with one of the most intense and rewarding crisis scenarios at CMUNCE XVII. Infused with fast-paced crisis elements and an innovative committee dynamic, the Ad-Hoc will challenge delegates to think quickly and creatively like never before. Delegates who are accepted to the Ad-Hoc committee should be prepared for a memorable experience at CMUNCE debating and navigating some of the toughest issues that face our world today.

Committee description will be released closer to the conference.

 
 

The Office: An American Workplace

 
 

Based off the US version of the iconic TV show, “The Office”. Recently, the former Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. went bankrupt and was sold to Sabre Corp. After being completely gutted, only the most profitable branch based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania remains, but on thin ice. While employees are used to only selling paper and paper supplies, they are now being forced to quickly adapt to selling printers as their core product, taking the focus away from paper sales. This committee is being called by the Scranton Branch Manager Michael Scott to advise Michael as to what actions the branch should take next. Under new corporate leadership, income within the branch is declining and Jo Bennett, Sabre CEO, informed Michael that the branch must turn a profit, or they will be shut down in the next year. As a result, everyone in the committee must figure out how to bring in revenue by the end of the committee or they will lose their jobs. Prepare to face a variety of difficulties propagated by clashing personalities in the office, wavering leadership at the corporate level, and unhappy customers, all while being forced to adapt their business model to stay relevant in a dying industry.

 
 

Tibet 2025: Death of the Dalai Lama

 
 

Three years ago on July 6, 2022, the Dalai Lama passed away.  Officially the highest spiritual and political leader of Tibet, he was a symbol of peace, intelligence, and happiness to peoples all around the world.  The man had jokes. His death however, did not last long. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, the Dalai Lama’s spirit has been reincarnated and currently resides somewhere in the world as a young boy, waiting to be identified.  To China, finding the boy presents the chance to instate a 15th Dalai Lama sympathetic to Communist rule. But to the Central Tibetan Administration—Tibet’s government in exile—his discovery is seen as a potential expiration date on their people’s right to self-determination.

Tibet has undergone significant change over the past decade.  Heavy investment from Beijing has spurred the region’s development and won it the support of many Tibetans.  Meanwhile the Dalai Lama has expanded his reign as the world’s most popular leader. As His Holiness once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”  What will you do to be happy?

 
 

The Taiping Rebellion, 1853

 
 

All hail the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and the Heavenly King of Peace and brother of Jesus Christ, Hong Xiuquan. The Taipings have assembled in the Heavenly Capital of Nanjing to celebrate their small victory over the Manchurian government and discuss the future of their reformation of the political, social and moral order of China. Previously a small rebellion against the religious persecution of the declining Qing Dynasty, the God Worshipping Society has attracted many followers and launched a civil war against the ruling Manchurians. Will the Taipings be able to expand beyond their Southern dominance and overcome the Qing imperial troops and their Western allies? Will they be able to unite the various ethnic tribes under the banner of Christianity, or are the delusions of the Heavenly King too much for the Chinese people to stomach? The humiliation of the Chinese by the British has come too far — it is time for the Taipings to lead the people into a new age of Chinese dominance and Christian enlightenment. Will the Taipings herald a new beginning for China in the 19th century, or will they fade into the history books as foolish insurgents?

 

The Green Corn Rebellion

 
 
 
Green Corn
 

 President Wilson promised us peace. Now, he pledges our young men to serve on the front lines in Europe. No one in Oklahoma is happy about the war, but for the revolutionary poor, the Socialists, the union organizers, obedience is not an option. These groups have drawn together, pledging to march across the United States to end the draft and secure their rights. The Oklahoma government, along with various vested interests in the area, seeks to quash this would-be rebellion, putting the farmers back in their place. Will the green corn germinate into something greater, growing to touch the sky, or will it be mowed down and eaten up by the machine of Capitalism? Enter an untold David-and-Goliath story pitting Left against Right in the first showdown for American Socialism.

 

The Crown

England, 1956

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It's November of 1956 and President Nasser has just nationalized the Suez Canal, galvanizing Britain and its allies to engage in a costly military intervention discouraged by the United Nations. Already having lost many of its colonies and barely retaining its influence over the Commonwealth of Nations, Britain's position in the international realm is precarious. With the emerging economic crisis at home, the British people are also becoming increasingly frustrated and are demanding answers from her Majesty. Now the crown's sweeping powers of the past seem to be a distant memory. Many question its relevance for the future. With a new yet sick Prime Minister, growing conflict in the Middle East, an economic crisis at home, and drama within the royal family, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, finds herself in a difficult position of which course of action to pursue. As close members of the Queen's family key members of her Majesty's government, you must save Britain from catastrophe and restore the respect, strength, and stability of the crown. If not the fate of the nation will be left to God.

 
 

Avatar: The Last Airbender, 0 AG [JCC]

 
 

In the midst of the hundred years war, we are brought to the year 90 AG. Everything seems unsure: is the Avatar alive? Where is he? Are there any airbenders left? After the Fire Nation attacked in 0 AG, the Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom have found themselves in a state of panic; they have gone on the defensive but will need to unite in order to create an offensive. We meet in committee split between two groups: The Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. We find both groups to be factioned by history, ideology, and goals. It is up to you, benders, to determine if you will unite against the Fire Nation or submit. 

 
 

Turkish Succession Crisis, 2030 [JCC]

 

Turkey, March 3, 2030. 106 years to the day after the Ottoman caliphate was abolished. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has died and the government is in shambles trying to decide what to do next.

The government’s political leaders have assembled with key members of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) in the capital, Ankara, as the Emergency Political Succession Committee to decide who should be the Turkish president. Military leadership within the National Security Council (MGK) has assembled in Istanbul to ensure that the freedom and security of the republic are maintained.

After 27 years of rule under Erdoğan, civil liberties have been curbed while politically conservative market policies tied with a uniquely Turkish Islamism have flourished. The military, the former guardian of Turkey’s secular Kemalist values, has had its power limited for decades, and is poised to restore itself to its former glory. Meanwhile, the AKP and government seek to maintain power and the unprecedented democratic approval of the Erdoğan government without submitting to a rowdy public and menacing military.

The future of Turkey, a country at the crossroads of east and west, is undetermined. We invite you to engage with conflicting legacies, powerful actors, and rich history at CMUNCE XVIII to determine how the destiny of Turkey and legacy of Erdoğan will unfold.

 

US Presendential Election, 2000 [JCC]

 
 

On November 7, 2000, millions of Americans headed to the polls to decide the fate and future of our country after one of the most controversial and contested elections in history. In the aftermath of the scandal-ridding Clinton administration and the advent of the new millennium, three candidates stepped up in order to attempt to win the election and become the most powerful man in the world. On center stage, son of a former president and Governor of Texas, George Bush, would face Tennessee Senator and environmental activist Al Gore. Meanwhile, the Green Party’s Ralph Nader would put up a formidable challenge as a left-wing, third party candidate.

After the votes were cast and counted, the nation’s attention turned to Florida where a razor-thin margin of just over five hundred votes would determine the winner of the hotly-contested race. Soon after, lawsuits, recounts, and a landmark supreme court decision would decide the next President, but at such a close margin, any minute decision from either camp, no matter how small, could have changed the outcome of the election.  

 
 

The Fifth Republic of Korea

 
 

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The Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense

 
 

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A House Divided Cannot Stand: Lincoln’s Cabinet, 1861

 
 

April 14th, 1861. The Union that has stood for seven decades has been rent in two by a great civil war. The cabinet of Abraham Lincoln, in office for barely a month, now faces the greatest crisis since the revolution: unite the Union, by force if necessary. While the cabinet is concerned with military movements on a broad scale, day to day military operations are left to battlefield commanders, the cabinet is mainly concerned with bigger, political questions including, but not limited to: how to keep up popular support for the war as casualties quickly mount, how to keep the Union states united and suppress confederate sympathies among Northern populations, whether and on what terms to negotiate peace with the Confederacy, and how to answer the question of slavery. Join us as we navigate through a period of great political upheaval and internal strife, where your decisions will impact nothing less than the future of the United States-or decide whether we survive at all. 

 

Brexit, 2018

 

In June of 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum commonly known as "Brexit." After this monumental decision by the British people, the mechanisms to determine the process of exit were set in motion and subsequent political and economic problems were discovered. As the UK prepares to depart from the EU with a target date of January 2019, numerous preparations are underway to make sure that the transition goes smoothly. As the heads of EU member-states at the October 2018 EU Council, it is your job to navigate the issues of and finalize the terms of Brexit. You must take into account the migrant crisis in Europe and the impacts of Britain closing its borders. You must also determine the economic benefits that you will allow Britain to continue to reap from the EU. Your decisions will greatly affect the political and economic future of Europe.

 
 

Canadian Maple Syrup [JCC]

 
 

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Neither God, nor Caesar, nor Tribune: The Paris Commune of 1871

 
 

It is March 1871, and a council of Communards has been elected in Paris to organize a government in opposition to that of the Third Republic led by Adolphe Thiers in Versailles. Extreme discontent on the part of the working class residents of Paris has combined with the fall of the Second Empire to provide a near-ideal opportunity for insurrection. Out of this perfect storm has emerged the Commune of Paris, a radical group of leftists supported by populist factions of the armed National Guard. The Communards seek to implement radical programs regarding workers’ rights, the Catholic Church, and economic and fiscal policy, among others. As the Executive Commission of the Commune of Paris, it is your responsibility, dear Communards, to ensure the force and sustainability of your presence while leading Paris and repelling the government of the Third Republic. Vive la Commune!

 
 

Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, 1948

 

Wars of independence plagued the Latin American world for decades; however, the fight for Puerto Rico is not acknowledge by its colonizer, the United States. By questioning the latter’s true intentions and exposing self-serving policies, the Nationalist Party must learn how to navigate their agenda even after the establishment of the Gag Law in 1948 which forbid people from speaking or writing about independence as well as owning or displaying a Puerto Rican flag. Meanwhile, the island as a whole still suffers from the effects the exploitation of its own arable land due to the excessive bombing of Vieques and Culebra. An island isolated by distance, language, and culture is led by Pedro Albizu Campos into the fight for freedom as “United States citizens”. Now after the Jayuya uprising and simultaneously, its declaration of freedom, the nationalist party will have to decide how to proceed given the recent attempted assassination on President Truman and the backlash from the United States.

 

The Golden Age of the Mughals: The Court of Shah Jahan, 1628

 
 

The year is 1628 and Shabab-ud-din Muhammad Khurram, better known as Shah Jahan, has just ascended to take his rightful place on the throne as the fifth Mughal Emperor. The illustrious emperor has just defeated his younger brother in a battle for rule over this nation. Although his place on the throne is secure, Shah Jahan’s enemies abound. From making critical decisions about whether or not to show his rebellious family members mercy, to maintaining one of the largest empires in the world, to ushering in a Golden Age of art and architecture in the Mughal Empire, the king has his hands full. It is up to you, delegates of Shah Jahan’s court, to help the King of the World navigate his new role and guide him responsibly through times of both war, peace, treachery and progress. Are you up to it?

 
 

Council of Interplanetary Affairs, 2300 AD

 
 

It’s the year 2300 and technology has come even further than we thought physically possible. After several advances in transportation, communication, and healthcare, people were living longer and traveling farther—Earth was rapidly becoming overpopulated. With that, it was time to look to the stars and become a multi-planetary species.

Now, we’ve begun colonizing Mars and Venus and are looking to expand even farther. But, before we set our sights beyond the Milky Way we need to resolve some key political, ethical, and scientific questions right here at “home.” Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see us into a peaceful and productive interplanetary future. Can we learn from our past mistakes? Can we predict future ones and avoid them?

We here at the council for interplanetary affairs are looking for the best and brightest minds to help us advance science and policy beyond the bounds of reality. If you fit this description, join us for a weekend of intrigue, treachery, and maybe even an unexpected visit from some unidentified friends.

 

Meeting of the Kumicho: The Tohoku Disaster, 2011

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On March 11, 2011, disaster struck Japan: the largest recorded earthquake in the country's history has devastated twenty prefectures and left countless dead, injured, or stranded. The government is in a state of panic, and response is not nearly fast enough to care for the hundreds of thousands of people who are at risk.

Enter Japan's largest underground organizations: the yakuza. At membership of nearly 40,000, only you have the resources, manpower, and willingness to help those in need at this critical time. However, the question is not whether you will or will not help, but rather what you stand to gain from this disaster, and who you'll have to cut down to get it.

In this meeting of the kumicho, you will all meet with each other, the top-ranking members of the country's largest criminal organizations. You're all unified under one purpose -- to help the people of Japan. Or are you?

 
 

UNSC India-Pakistan, 1564

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Set in the Cold War, this historical UNSC will have to carefully navigate one of the most socio-political sensitive areas of the time. Since partition in 1947, tensions between India and Pakistan have only grown with no end in sight. Now, as culturally and economically distinct East Pakistan - what is now known as Bangladesh - seeks to gain more autonomy from its Western counterpart, India, and Pakistan, with help from both sides of the Cold War, are seeking to promote their own agendas. The UNSC will not only have to resolve this grave crisis but also implement permanent solutions that will ensure lasting peace and stability in the South Asian region.

 
 

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