Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Brynania 2014


It’s that time of year again: on Monday, the week-long Brynania civil war simulation starts at McGill. More than 120 students will spend up to 12 hours a day (and seven months of simulated time) trying to bring peace to this war-torn part of Equatorial Cyberspace.

During that time I’ll be busy monitoring 15,000 or so email messages, and otherwise moderating the simulation—so don’t expect anything new on PAXsims.

You can read more about it here. While you do so, feel free to also listen to some of the many “songs of Cyberia” written by various students over the years about the people and places of this beautiful and terrible land…

Qual Rexton’s Greatest Hits (mp3 format)

Big E & Northside Crew (featuring French E), Rebelz (mp3 format)

Stephanie Butcher, Radio Unity’s Golden Hits(mp3 format)

Brendan Clarke(mp3 format)

Cyberian Frost, Zaharian Mortem (m4a format)

Jenny Woo, Revolution (mp3 format)

The ZPF militants of Camp #6, VIVA VIVA Zaharia  (mp3 format)

Russian Foreign Ministry, Songs of a Brynanian Nomad (YouTube)

4 responses to “Brynania 2014

  1. brtrain 15/04/2014 at 6:40 pm

    Rex preceded me in that undergraduate IR class by a few years. I can’t remember if our situation was Central America or Middle East; I only remember that it was fun (though I had already played games far more complex than the INS, it was one of the few times I played a massively-multiplayer game).

  2. Christopher Weuve 31/03/2014 at 3:39 pm

    Dating both of us — you’ve got a couple of years on me, but not many, as I was in grad school when the Wall came down (and in high school when The Wall came out :-) ).

  3. Rex Brynen 31/03/2014 at 10:01 am

    Ahh, I remember my own student foray into the INS in an undergraduate IR class. At the risk of dating myself, I intervened in Poland to crush Solidarity and placed SS-20s in Cuba (neither of which were really modelled in the INS rules, but did nicely make the point that the USSR was not to be trifled with).

  4. Christopher Weuve 31/03/2014 at 8:53 am

    Reminds me of my college days, and the big game in Intro to International Relations.

    A few years before me, the class was so big that they ran two games simultaneously. And because the two games were spread out over four floors, it’s perhaps not surprising that the Turks in one game accidentally triggered a war in the **other** game. (Pro tip: When delivering an ultimatum, make sure you have gone to the correct United Nations.)

    My year, we used the old Inter Nation Simulation. No accidental wars, but the game **started** with “Britain” attacking “India.” Took us two hours to figure out that this was a deal cooked up by underpopulated “Britain” and overpopulated “India” to arrange a population transfer in the guise of reparations.

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