During our time as active MUNers we struggle to make the impossible happen and change the muniverse within the limits of our circuits and wallets. We believe that history rewrote itself if Hitler is homosexual, married and still alive in Brazil and we will do anything in our power for future muners to remember that “spectacular” committee we set up once. Unfortunately, what we are rarely taking care of is our name. Think about it, when delegating you were so happy when many people remembered you by countries of representation name, isn’t that correct?
It’s also fine to admit that you were a little bit sad when very few people called you by your actual name and instead went “oh, the Japanese bossy guy, hi!”, right sweetie? It’s ok; it’s just the two of us at the moment. Further on, and as your mun personality grew stronger over multiple roles, you gradually lost your name dude. Now, at the end of your mun story, you are “the strict chair”, “no entertaining chair” etc. This is not a self-note but an example of how little we take care of our actual name. I do understand and accept that some of us may choose nicknames, personas given that in the muniverse impossible is nothing but how would you change a negative name assigned to you?
Before going ahead to say that you would try to make the best of it and not allow others to bully you, let me twist this to you since I am not an online psychologist – how would you react if your mun country, your assignment to represent was included with a nickname in the speaker’s list or even on your placard? How would you react? For example, some people call North Korea as “the real Korea” and many times this has been used as a policy-making tool by the representatives of North Korea. If you were a South Korean delegate would you try to have things fixed or not?
Moving on to an even more extended scenario, I am keeping the Korea example but there are many to relate out there. You are again representing South Korea, and during a social event someone greets the delegate of North Korea with the opening of “Hi, real Korea, come join our table!”- would you let it slip because it’s a social event or protest because your chair may be nearby and secretly judging performances? Gradually, the “real Korea” becomes a trend and in an attempt of the dais to be funny North Korea is written as real Korea both on the Speaker’s List and on the placard. The Secretariat joins the cult and issues certificates of participation for representing “Real Korea”. How, would you react in that case? Even better, what if South Korea was your actual country of origin, its delegate was laughing with “real Korea” references and you were assigned to a country who has no policy on the matter so you can not react?
The point of having official names written on mun material is because the name means a lot. It serves as an identification of a country’s basic elements, like its territorial limits and its regime. By allowing inaccurate names to be widely used, we are creating a very bad tendency of validating false events or even unwillingly supporting toxic policies. Before rushing using an interesting nickname or a name generally connected to a country, try to research for the actual UN listed one, there is a reason for it to exist. It will also add a great deal to your research skills!
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