Designated Survivor

One night. One disaster. All gone.

The United States has never faced a more devastating crisis. In an attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union Address, the President, his Cabinet, and all members of Congress have been killed. The sole survivor—the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, an Independent—is now President. As the President’s newly appointed Cabinet, it is your duty to guide America, its allies, and the world through this vulnerable horizon. You must investigate the attack, rebuild the government, and repair the economy.

Will you reach over the aisle and protect the future of your nation, or will you prioritize your personal and political agendas and betray your colleagues? The United States of America is in your hands.

As a continuous crisis committee, the Fictional Crisis Committees are most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by February 1st, 2023, at 23:59 PT. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Edward Gao

Edward Gao | Director

A junior at West Point Grey Academy, Edward is overjoyed to serve as the Director of the Fictional Crisis Committee at VMUN 2023. Having attended his first Model United Nations conference in eighth grade, he is incredibly grateful for all the incredible experiences he has had and all that he has learned from Model UN. As Director, Edward hopes he can provide a similar experience for all delegates of FCC. Outside of MUN, Edward can often be found watching ungodly amounts of Netflix and YouTube at equally ungodly hours of the night and consuming high amounts of caffeine and melatonin. He hopes to help make VMUN a great experience for all delegates and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Tristan Goteng

Tristan Goteng | Chair

Tristan Goteng is a senior at St.George’s school and is now in his 4th year of Model United Nations. He is elated to be the FCC crisis staff for this iteration of VMUN. Ever since his first conference in Grade 9, Tristan has been enthusiastic about the world of MUN and debate, and especially loves the collaborative environment that Model United Nation conferences have to offer. In his free time, Tristan can be found grinding away at his Youtube Channel, trying his best to cook, watching F1, and occasionally binging animes. Overall, Tristan is grateful for the opportunity to staff at VMUN and work with a great dias team, and is excited to meet delegates of FCC.

Justin Bao

Justin Bao | Crisis Staff

Currently a sophomore attending St. Georges School, Justin is ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director of UN Habitat at VMUN 2023. Since his first conference at VMUN 2020 as a hesitant and stumbling delegate, Justin has been captivated by the organic flow of debate and diplomacy from the committee room. For Justin, Model UN has been synonymous with the growth of his passion in global events, diplomacy, and sociology, as well as being a place to build connections with others. Outside of the committee room, one can find Justin racking his brain on math problems, endlessly waiting in line for the ski lift, and attempting to write literature of questionable quality. Justin looks forward to meeting everyone and eagerly awaits a weekend of amazing debate and diplomacy at VMUN 2023!

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.