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So you're interested in world politics? You're in the right place! In this game, you can take the place of a delegate to the United Nations and try to solve the world's greatest problems. Ready to get started?

Signing Up

This game uses all In-Character news and statements from Capitol Hill. With each new session (so each IC year), players will have an opportunity to reapply to their same position or to switch countries. If you're wanting to join the game in the middle of the month, that's no problem! Find the most recent country claim and you can apply for any vacant country. We highly value realistic players, so it's advised to do research before claiming a country.

Official Session

At the beginning of the game, we will be simulating just the Security Council and will add more committees as more players join. The President of the Security Council rotates each session at the discretion of the admin team. The President sets the scheduled agenda and serves as the chair of the committee. Each session begins with debate on 1-5 draft resolutions. Debate continues until cloture or the end of session. The agenda is limited to the draft resolutions chosen by the President unless a Motion to Add to Agenda is passed (see Rules of Procedure). No less than 3 days before the end of the IC year the session ends. Any draft resolutions that have not completed a 72 hour final vote by this time will remain a draft resolution and is eligible to be placed on the agenda for the next session.

Life of a Resolution

So you think the Security Council should pass a resolution on a certain subject? Here's the suggested process:

  1. Create a new topic in the Unmoderated Caucus forum outlining your goals. In this topic you can work with other delegates to write a draft resolution. Discussion in this forum is all In-Character but can be quite informal. Remember that details in your resolutions are important!
  2. Once you have fully planned your resolution, it's time to write it and submit it as an official draft resolution by creating a new topic in this forum. New topics are moderated and will need to be approved by the admin. The player will often be asked to make adjustments to the draft resolution before it is approved (most often this will be to provide more details or formatting issues).
  3. Once the draft resolution is officially approved, it's time to start building a coalition around it. In order for a draft resolution to be eligible to be placed on the agenda, at least 20% of the committee must have signed onto it as a cosponsor or a signatory by making a reply to your Draft Resolution topic. A signatory is a delegate that wishes to see the resolution voted on (but is not always expected to vote in favor of the resolution). A cosponsor is generally one of the authors of the resolution and requires the approval of the original person who posted the draft resolution to be elevated to this status.
  4. No less than 72 hours before the beginning of a new session, the President is able to choose 1-5 draft resolutions to be added to the Official Agenda. If your draft resolution is not chosen for the Official Agenda, you can make a motion to add it to the agenda (see Rules of Procedure).
  5. Once your draft resolution is brought up for debate through either of these methods, it may amended by all members of the Committee. In order for the draft resolution to be voted on for passage, a motion to close debate must be made and passed. If cloture is not achieved by the end of the session, the draft resolution is eligible to be added to a future agenda.
  6. Once cloture is achieved, the draft resolution will be voted on for 72 hours. If the vote passes (remember that passage in the Security Council requires 9 votes and there are 5 veto-eligible delegates), the draft resolution becomes an official Security Council Resolution. It will be numbered and archived for future reference. If the vote fails, the draft resolution is dead and the process would need to start over.

Presidential Press Statements

These are actually more common than resolutions and are meant to take a formal position on an issue without an enforceable Security Council resolution. At any time during a regular session, the President may place a statement up for a simultaneous 72 hour debate and vote by the committee. In order to be passed, the statement must receive the support of all delegates present and voting.

Model UN Lingo

Committee -- The various organs of the United Nations such as the General Assembly and the Security Council. Each player represents one country in one Committee.

Draft Resolution -- A resolution that has not yet been voted on. Once it is passed by the Committee, it becomes an official numbered Resolution.

Present and Voting -- Outside of final passage on draft resolutions in the Security Council, all vote counts include only the delegates who voted in the affirmative or the negative. Delegates who do not vote and ones that abstain are not included in determining a majority.

Resolution -- A Draft Resolution that has been passed by its Committee. These will be numbered and archived for future reference. 

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