POLI 450: Negotiate-Your-Own Humanitarian Agreement

Bushra Ebadi, Ted Mateoc, Tiphaine Monroe, & Taylor Steele

<b>Welcome to the "Negotiate-Your-Own Humanitarian Agreement" Training Program for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs! </b>
In this simulation, you are a senior member of the OCHA, and you have the task of developing and implementing a proposal to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis in the United Federation of Petrichor, a nation riven by civil discord on the continent of Northern Tiffleton.
Petrichor is a former Western colony that has enjoyed independence since 1956, but due to simmering ethnic tensions stemming from colonial times, the country has fallen into periodic chaos. Currently, the country is suffering from episodic fighting with occasional breaks in the violence, mostly between the government led by President Martin Steed-Asprey, leading industrialist, and the rebel group Minabwa led by Damocles Lafleur, son of a farming family that had their land confiscated by the government in an earlier episode of ethnic tension.
The colonial power only dealt with the President's rebel group; as such, the rebels' original motivations were to have increased political representation and to have more equitably distributed economic growth, but the conflict itself has led to further deep-seated racism and enmity between the two groups. Further adding to complications, the two groups are also divided by separate religions, though this does not form the basis of the conflict. You will discover more information after you make contact with your intermediary throughout the following adventure.
Before you begin, we recommend that you have on hand both [https://ochanet.unocha.org/p/Documents/HumanitarianNegotiationswArmedGroupsManual.pdf|the OCHA manual on humanitarian negotiations with armed groups], specifically the worksheet for mapping characteristics of armed groups, as well as one six-sided die.
At certain points in this game, despite your best efforts, the result will be at least partially up to chance, much like real life. We wish you patience and success as you navigate the complex field of humanitarian negotiations!
Other than that, you'll just need your wits, and a good grasp of previous situations you've already encountered.
Okay! Let's get started.
On second thought, maybe I'm not cut out for this...