Peace of Westphalia (1640s)
Europe is ablaze with lordly feuding, the Holy Roman Empire is crumbling, the Catholic Church is losing its grip on increasingly independent political entities. From major conflicts such the Eighty Year War for Dutch independence from Spain to the maelstrom of ongoing religious wars that ravaged the continent for decades, this period is fraught with military clashes, assassinations and territory grabs. Nevertheless, one also finds a vast network of formal and informal alliances, intensive negotiations and political maneuvering and powerful religious forces. As history teaches us, out of the midst of this grand chaos emerged the Peace of Westphalia, a new socio-political order that would define state sovereignty and international relations for centuries to come. However, these outcomes are far from predetermined. A little tweaking of allegiances, an unexpected stab in the back, and the European free-for-all may have left a radically different legacy in world history. Which powers will emerge victoriously, and which will be wiped out? Will the Vatican helplessly watch as it’s power fades, or will it take action to tighten its grip? Will the Holy Roman Emperor seek compromise, or enforce order by other means? History has told one version of this story, now it’s our turn to tell another.
Delegates will find themselves in the boots of a myriad of different historic characters, making decisions to secure their own interests in both the military and the diplomatic sphere of activity.
The Historical Crisis Council is a spinoff from the traditional MUN councils which emulate UN bodies. Here delegates will be challenged to rewrite history. Instead of countries, delegates will be representing individuals of the various powers at play from a past conflict which means there is also personal glory to gain. Aside from the standard Rules of Procedure, Delegates are also able to use Directives which may impact the course of the Crisis through Military, Espionage as well as Development means. With all such powers at hand, creativity will play as important a role as negotiation and academics in this Council. Hence, MUN Veterans will be welcomed to experiment while novice delegates will be challenged and engaged as well by fun and intense situations – making The Historical Crisis Council an experience of its own.