Muniverse: the never-ending Disneyland where many stressed students tend to nest for a long time; usually until they have had enough time under a fictional spotlight, a couple of traveling stories to later recall in their office boredom and some international loves to reflect on when confidence boost is needed. One of the main reasons, that render cutting the umbilical cord of “prestigious and sometimes sponsored” fun is the fact that everything can happen during a conference; from the wildest versions mun drama to rewriting history. What happens though, when one gets confused and thinks that the muniverse is real life instead? In other words, we are talking about a situation when one or groups of people tend to use real-life negative or extreme practices in a game.
Having a hard time grasping it? Here’s a possible situation, based on stories that I have personally witnessed all the centuries I’ve been around my gavel.
Boy and girl used to be good friends until the boy decides to hang out with another girl. She gets jealous and stops any attempts of his to host conferences in certain places. Boy finds out what happens and strikes back by affecting friends of hers through calculated suggestions to some people, with the most common one being “Oh, I didn’t apply for secretariat this year, no time with coursework” just to find out that had applied and in fact, got the job. Or a simpler version because feelings really mess up situations is one of the false friends where you end up fighting over chairing slots and extra booze from the club’s leftovers.
Hope that makes things clear. If in any of the previous examples, saw yourself worry not since it’s a huge combination of stories. The point to understand here are the limits between real life diplomacy and educational games that mun is supposed to be about; otherwise the phrase “MUN is F.U.N.” is just an old lie. If you look up at documents from the 1942-1946 period the dominant feeling is that people wanted the UN to be created because they were done with backstabbing diplomacy, espionage, and harmful tactics. Today, these practices exist but in way better manner than any attempts to swat whoever we do no longer like in the circuit. Bilateral relations, regional diplomacy, groups of influence, and it becomes funnier to see that the current trend within the real UN is consensus upon everything and not a vote most of the times…I am not saying that all diplomats are fond of each other, but I am saying that they have better ways to settle differences than replicating Underwoodian practices.
If we are to be taught anything is that for everything there is a procedure and we will be able to write down our own protocol only when we have mastered the traditional one, not with the first glimpse at the RoP. It is perfectly acceptable to act like the Dark Lord if that’s within your role’s limits and not because you didn’t get “future dictator”. Respecting the principle of proportionality in our actions is the key to success in anything you may want to do in this thing. Also, just because somebody else may be doing it doesn’t mean that you have to answer accordingly; try to step in their shoes and understand the reasoning of their actions. Do you want to use that killer set of skills you have developed and don’t have a real life job to do it so you do it among MUNers? Get a job instead.
By the way, being salty over a rejection from a conference because you, yourself and I believe that there is a conspiracy over your magnificent skills then you really need to visit a specialist.
To conclude, simulations are not real life; treating them as such is harmful to both ends.