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The 7th Annual Crisis at Carnegie Mellon

Joint Crisis Committees:

Standalone Crisis Committees:

UNOOSA: Earth 2070

Federal Buerau: Investigated - The COINTELPRO Controversy

The Middle Eastern Cold War

The Western Schism: A Christian Contention

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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.

The papacy has been revered and respected for over 2,000 years, but not even this holy institution has been able to elude its fair share of strife. While the Pope and Vatican City are nearly synonymous nowadays, for most of the 14th century, the Pope--and subsequently the epicenter of Catholicism--was actually 600 miles away in Avignon, France. The Avignon Papacy persisted for 67 years until 1377, when Pope Gregory XI returned the court to Rome, amidst protests from the French King and many cardinals. He died shortly after the move, and the cardinals elected Urban VI as his successor. Yet the cardinals quickly regretted their decision when Urban VI revealed his unsavory personality and harshly condemned the cardinals’ luxurious lifestyles. The cardinals then rallied behind a new pope, Clement VII, to challenge Urban VI. Clement VII moved his papal court back to Avignon, and the two promptly excommunicated each other. Key religious and political figures have now convened in Constance to address this issue that now deeply divides the Catholic community--will they be able to reconcile the two sides, or will the papal power be split forevermore?