A 1530’s Adventure

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A 1530’s Adventure

Jack Mogen, Staff Writer

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Model UN- a collection of well-informed students working to represent and protect the views of their assigned country on the world stage. However, there are some exceptions, known as crisis committees. These committees serve to present a unique challenge, in the form of a historical crisis, to students. I myself took part in a simulation of King Henry the VIII’s council as Thomas Cromwell. A great English reformer and aid to the king, his job was to spread Protestantism in England and ensure that Henry’s wife was an ally.

The scenario starts with King Henry wishing for an annulment of his marriage with Catherine of Aragon. This is where the historical accuracy died, as this situation was quickly solved. Despite myself and several allies of the King arranging for foreign powers to side with England if the pope annulled the marriage and Charles the V, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the King of Spain opposed it. If that had happened, Scotland would have been annexed and Charles the V’s hold on Europe would have been loosened. Sadly, Charles did not oppose the annulment and instead allied himself to England with a marriage. So in the first stage, no Protestantism was spread, Anne Boleyn is now Queen of England, France, and the Habsburg domain are allies of England, Scotland still exists and the plague has broken out in northern England.

Now as a Protestant within a crisis committee that is entirely Catholic, which is considering forming a European alliance dedicated to removing the protestant scourge, you can imagine I wasn’t happy. So I began my plotting. I attempted to break the alliances, I attempted to sow protestant discontent, and I even attempted to enlist the aid of German Protestants. Two of those three worked, Protestants began rioting in the plague-stricken north and the Germans would eventually send me aid. I, of course, capitalized on the situation in the north and began openly enlisting the support of the peasantry. However, before I could start a full-scale rebellion Charles the V killed me. So I was forced back to square one, my new Character being Eleanor of Austria, Queen of France.

Now Eleanor did not have much power, everything she had was derived from the power of Francis the I, king of France. Five to ten minutes later Francis was dead, and his son became king (same person). So at that point, I was the widowed queen of France whose power had not changed but was now strategically crippled. After that assassination, I decided to head to northern protestant Germany and meet some new “friends” by converting to Protestantism and causing more unrest throughout Europe.

The Quality of the narrative jumps right of the cliff as the war starts between the larger factions of the committee. I am unsure if it was a human player or a committee chair that started the conflict because we had thirty minutes left, but the war was in my factions favor until with 5 min left the chair spawned a zombie apocalypse and ended the committee.

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