War of the Austrian Succession
The War of the Austrian Succession will be composed of the leaders of all the great European Powers at the beginning of the 18th Century as they battle to control the fate of the Holy Roman Empire and Europe as a whole. Having to deal with the complexities of European tradition and alliances, the internal stability of their realms, and the competing agendas of their allies and enemies, this committee is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting experience. Participation in this committee requires a large degree of role-play and devotion to one’s role; delegates will be immersed in the conflict, strife, and strategic manoeuvring of Europe in 1740 and should take on the opinions, thoughts, and goals of the character.
As a continuous crisis committee, The War of Austrian Succession is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The year is 1740, and the old order is fading. Emperor Charles VI is dead, and on the throne, sits the young Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria, and hopeful Empress of Holy Rome – but enemies surround Austria. The proud King Fredrick II of Prussia covets Silesia, Italy has not yet stabilized, and Prince Charles VII of Bavaria looks greedily upon the imperial throne. Past the Rhine, Britain and France duel in their eternal rivalry over the Indies both east and west, as Spain and the Netherlands falter and head towards decline. As countries bleed, the thinkers of the Enlightenment rally against superstition and excess, imagining a better world.
As the last of the absolutists make way for the winds of the Enlightenment, delegates must navigate the maze of European diplomacy, and prepare their realms for the coming storm. Pick a side, ready your armies, and ride for glory and a legacy to last the ages.
Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (Austria)
Grand Duke Francis of Tuscany (Austria)
Count Friedrich Wilhelm von Haugwitz (Austria)
King George II of Great Britain, Elector of Hanover (Great Britain)
Duke Thomas of Newcastle (Great Britain)
Henry Pelham (Great Britain)
King Louis XV of France (France)
Maurice de Saxe (France)
Jeanne Antionette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (France)
King Philip V of Spain (Spain)
Queen Elizabeth of Spain (Spain)
King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily (Spain)
Elector Fredrick II of Brandenburg, King-in-Prussia (Prussia)
Prince Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau (Prussia)
Stadtholder William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
Prince Karl August of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Netherlands)
King-Elector Augustus III of Poland-Lithuania and Saxony (Saxony)
King Charled Emmanuel III of Sardinia and Savoy (Savoy)
Charles Stuart (Jacobites)
Prince-Elector Charles VII of Bavaria (Bavaria)
Qaasim Karim | Director
Qaasim is a senior at St. George’s School, and is delighted to be serving as the Director of the War of the Austrian Succession. He has been part of MUN for 6 years now, and is delighted to be running the Historical Crisis Committee at VMUN 2018. Outside of MUN, Qaasim enjoys watching terrible movies, drinking copious amounts of bubble tea, and arguing with people about the Holy Roman Empire. He wishes all VMUN-attendees a successful conference, and hopes his delegates will have a fun and memorable experience in the HCC this year.
Sanya Grover | Chair
Sanya is a grade 12 student at Southridge School and is ecstatic to serve as the chair for the Historical Crisis Committee. Introduced to Model UN in grade 9, she was instantly drawn into the exhilarating debate and the enriching world of diplomacy. She has been avidly involved in it since then and hopes to inspire delegates to perform their best. Aside from her devotion to MUN, Sanya plays field hockey and continually strives to help the community by volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations and leading school and local service events. In her spare time, she can be found reading, hanging out with friends or binge watching Netflix. Sanya looks forward to meeting all the delegates and creating an unforgettable experience at VMUN 2018!
Matthew Owen-Flood | Assistant Director
Matthew is currently a Grade 11 student at St. Michaels University School. This will be his third VMUN and his first as a Staff member. He hopes to share his knowledge of Model UN with other delegates and with the “Adventures in Public Discourse” group that he helps lead at his school. Matthew has participated in 11 conferences in various roles; from the Mayor of San Francisco to representing the United States in the General Assembly. Outside of his time spent at the podium, Matthew enjoys sailing on his school’s Senior team, following current events, and cycling around Victoria. Matthew eagerly anticipates a weekend filled with passionate debate, diligent work, and excellent results.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.