JCC: 80 YEARS’ WAR

The year is 1568. Dutch nobles, who lost their former powers and privileges, are getting more and more restless as a result of the heavy taxation policies and religious pressure, while the throne accuses them of acting without permission. Following the empowerment of the Calvinists in Europe, Phillip II began actively prosecuting the Protestants, which escalated the resentment against Phillip II. The noblemen of the Netherland’s submitted a petition to stop the prosecutions, but after the denial of the King, Dutches are more triggered than ever. The tension is growing between the Seventeen Provinces and the King. A threat of revolt looms on the horizon.

The Joint Crisis Committees (JCC) are very different from the normal MUN experience, yet equal even to the United Nations Security Council in their complexity and challenge. JCC consists of two independently running subcommittees whose decisions and actions immediately affect the perpetual crisis at hand, thus providing for an experience like no other. The ritual raising of placards is replaced with international espionage, fast-paced decision-making, and incessant debates; all aimed to destroy the ideological enemy. What delegates will be asked to deal with is only partially revealed for your preparation; covert plots, terrible luck, and the well-meaning — or hostile — actions of the opposing committee together offer an unpredictable, volatile, and urgent, but undoubtedly exciting, experience. If the bloc as a whole is to succeed, the delegates must compromise, negotiate, and persevere in a battle of diplomatic wit; after all, there is a nemesis waiting, biding its time.

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I. 80 Years’ War: United Provinces vs Spanish Empire

Painted by Anton von Werner
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