The year is 1867. Following the decline of the Holy Roman Empire and the subsequent fragmentation of German states, Prussia has gradually accumulated power in Central Europe. Yet, despite administrative machinations and a decisive defeat against its only competitor for Central European hegemony, Austria, Prussia remains not the leader of a united Germany, but the dominating power in the North German Confederation. As Spain continues to decline—atrophied by indecision and aggravated by revolts—France fears Prussian influence in Spain will grow too strong. A large escalation in Prussian power would be extremely calamitous to the status quo, destroying the current balance and stability in Europe. With both countries unwilling to risk an optimal opportunity to reestablish puissance in Europe, the threat of war looms on the horizon.
The Joint Crisis Committees (JCC) are very different from the normal MUN experience, yet equal even 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.
As a continuous crisis committee, the Joint Crisis Committees are most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Athina Law | Crisis Overlord
A Grade 12 student at Little Flower Academy, Athina is beyond honoured to be serving as the Crisis Overlord of the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2022. First introduced to the fast-paced world of Model United Nations four years ago, MUN has since pervaded her very existence, inexorably cultivating her interests in diplomacy and international relations. Outside of the committee room, Athina can be found doubled-over with laughter over nonsensical jokes, philosophizing about parallel universes, or unironically enjoying pop music from the 2010s on Spotify. Joint Crisis Committees have always held a special place in her heart—bringing forth the most ingenious ideas, exhilarating updates, and spirited discussions she had as a delegate. She hopes to provide the same entrancing, memorable experience to delegates and looks forward to meeting everyone in February!
Victoria Munro | Bloc Director
Victoria is currently a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School and is so excited to be serving as the Bloc Director of the French Bloc in the Joint Crisis Committees this year. Her interest in political, economic, and social affairs was sparked through participating in MUN conferences, and she has always found it interesting to hear different perspectives on global issues. She hopes to create an encouraging environment and help foster an engaging debate at the conference. Outside the world of MUN, Victoria can be found playing Just Dance on her Nintendo Switch, reading, baking, and hanging out with friends. Victoria cannot wait to meet everyone at VMUN 2022!
Austin Ma | Bloc Director
Austin is a Grade 12 student at St. George’s school and is delighted to be serving as the Bloc Director of the Prussian Bloc in the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2022. The coming year will be a bittersweet one for Austin, as he enters his fifth and final year of high school Model UN. Bitter as a pivotal chapter of Austin’s life closes, but also sweet as he reflects upon the countless friendships forged, unforgettable memories made, and invaluable knowledge gained within the committee room. In his free time, Austin can be found biking around Vancouver, dabbling with photography, and diving into a good book. Austin wishes everyone the best of luck with their preparations and looks forward to a weekend of passionate deliberations at VMUN!
Cindy Ma | Chair
A Grade 12 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Richmond Secondary School, Cindy is overjoyed to serve as a Chair in JCC at VMUN 2022. Since attending her first conference two years ago, she quickly found herself immersed in the hectic yet intriguing world of Model UN. She avidly enjoys the constant chaos within committee sessions, and she has grown to appreciate the different opinions of each delegate. In her free time, Cindy can be found sketching in her notebook, drinking iced caramel macchiatos, and chasing sunsets. Cindy looks forward to a weekend filled with fruitful debate, and cannot wait to meet everyone!
Ethan Chen | Chair
As a Grade 11 student at St. George’s School, Ethan is thrilled to be serving as a JCC Chair at VMUN 2022. Since beginning Model UN in 7th Grade, Ethan has familiarized himself with the ins and outs of diplomacy and debate, and has become fascinated with the nuances of global affairs. From meeting new delegates to speaking at the podium, his passion for Model Un has only grown. When not occupied with MUN or academics, Ethan spends his time tirelessly transcribing jazz solos, attempting to organize a proper work/sleep schedule, and struggling to meet word-limits in his English assignments. Above all, he looks forward to welcoming both new and experienced delegates, and hopes to make VMUN 2022 the best iteration yet.
Justin Hua | Crisis Staff
Embarking on his final year of high school as a Grade 12 student at Hugh McRoberts Secondary, Justin is pleased to serve as a Crisis Staff for the Joint Crisis Committees. Since attending his first conference six years ago, Justin has developed a fervent passion for international relations and politics. During his free time, Justin may be found battling with perplexing math problems, binging countless anime episodes at a time and playing bullet chess. Justin is looking forward to a weekend full of stirring debate and hopes that VMUN 2022 will be a memorable experience.
Angel Li | Crisis Staff
A Grade 12 student completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Richmond Secondary School, Angel is equally honoured and thrilled to serve as a Crisis Staff in the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2022. Having stepped into her first conference as a hesitant delegate in grade nine, she has quickly grown to love the political debate and the intricate art of diplomacy in each committee session. Outside of MUN and when not reading about psychology, Angel can be found re-watching Marvel movies in the gym at 6 AM, asking her parents for a cat in the hopes that they will say yes (which they never do), and consuming enough caffeine to kill a bear. Nonetheless, Angel is looking forward to a memorable weekend and cannot wait to meet everyone.
Geoffrey Yee | Crisis Staff
Currently a Grade 10 student at St. George’s School, Geoffrey is excited to serve as a Crisis Staff in JCC at VMUN this year. Ever since his first Model UN conference as a nervous seventh-grader, Geoffrey has grown to love all aspects of MUN, from the arduous research to the passionate speeches. Outside of the conference room, you can find Geoffrey practicing squash, playing video games with friends, or waiting for his computer to finish rendering his 3D models. Over the past three years of MUN, his passion for crisis committees has only grown, especially the intense and fast-paced debate that crises offer. Geoffrey is looking forward to making JCC an experience to never forget!
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.