Crisis. The great crucible. The ultimate trial. The gambling table at which the fate of millions is decided with the toss of a coin, where delegates feud to influence the course of world events and the futures of their nations. Incidentally, also LSE’s indisputable area of expertise; LSEMUN is in February. The LSE MUN society’s first crisis-centric training session on the 10th of November signalled a solid start to a year of crisis cabinets and backstabs, as delegates joined either President Hosni Mubarak’s cabinet or the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Over the course of several hours of intense debate, the Egyptian government dissolved into infighting, largely neglecting Egypt’s opposition forces to focus on the true foe; their colleagues. Minister turned against minister as pipe bombs made the rounds and car bombs were used to eliminate annoying Brotherhood negotiators. Ultimately, Mubarak himself was assassinated and the fate of Egypt was decided by a climactic battle between the forces of the Sanitation Minister’s Dread Pharaonic Sewer Cult and the government military. Needless to say, the military won.
To quote the Sanitation Minister, greatest playwright of his age, in a note sent to the Defence Secretary:
“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
My cat is dead,
And now so are you.”
Edit: if you are interested to read more about crisis, feel free to read the Endgame which details how our delegates resolved the crisis.