I had the immense pleasure to chair a fictional crisis committee during Amsterdam University College MUN (AUCMUN) 2019. Greek mythological gods all gathered in a room and they were given the task of solving climate change. Imagine Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Athena, Hermes all gathered up to discuss if humans are worth saving or not. But while trying to deal with climate change, the gods made everything worse.
Every single time the gods were trying to find a solution, the backroom was hitting them with even more problems. Now, because they put all the humans from different countries into one single continent, all countries felt threatened to lose their own culture and this caused a Chinese revolt and the creation of New China. At this point, the gods didn’t really care about this revolt, instead, they created a new online platform called: Godflix, featuring shows such as: Keeping up with the Greek Gods and the Godchelor to increase human worship of the gods. Who cares about global warming when you can create reality shows… right?
But while focusing on these shows, they didn’t notice Hephaestus's genius evil plan on taking control over the Chinese population. He gave them the technology to destroy every other civilization and the use of nuclear bombs resulted freeing Chronos from his prison in the Tartarus and coming to the Council of Olympus, determined to kill off half of the gods and all of the human population on Earth.
But perhaps the cruelest thing Chronos did after getting out of his prison was to cancel Godflix, which angered all the gods. If there is one single line not to cross, that was the Godflix line… At this point, if there was anything left to save, it was the survival of Godflix. With this being the main motivation for all the Olympian gods and the one thing that united all of them together. In the end, they did manage to destroy Chronos and save themselves and the humankind.
Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, being the only major gods not thinking of human's best interest were caught by Athena and were being held captive on the moon. With the help of Helios, the sun god burned all three gods by bringing the Sun too close to the Moon.
The Council was finally free from male domination that endured since the beginning of time. With the death of all the problem causing “bad" gods, the time has finally come to solve climate change. But sadly, the three days of the conference also came to an end at that time.
Did the Gods manage to solve climate change? No.
Maybe if there was more time, the backroom would have come up with a warning saying the result of moving the Sun, also burned up all the humans and now they have to create a new human-kind, a much smarter one, who won’t mess up with the biosphere of the Earth ever again.
So why do we need more fictional crisis committees?
This kind of committee gave the opportunity of acquiring students, not specifically interested in politics but with a diversity of backgrounds, with crisis solving skills. A skill that will come useful with every kind of situation we face in life. Maybe the increase of these kinds of non-political crisis committees will engage students from a variety of field of studies to join MUN, and discover the world of diplomacy not necessarily through political topics.
The vast majority of the students participating in MUNs are majoring in politics or a related field. But maybe if more students from various other studies discovered MUN, the debates in every committee would have more original ideas and point of views.