Council of People’s Commissars, 1917
In this committee, delegates will be representing members of the Council of People’s Commissars. Set in 1917, delegates are tasked with overthrowing the Provisional Government and denying reactionary, foreign involvement while still engaged against the German Empire in the First World War. 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 the period as they try to bring Socialism to Russia.
As a continuous crisis committee, The Council of People’s Commissars 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 date is November 8th, 1917. The October Revolution has taken place and the Bolsheviks have seized power — the first legitimate Government since the death of Tsar Nicholas II. This new state is the first government by and for the workers; however, the White movement still clings to their reactionary ways, and Russia is still embroiled in the Great War in Western Europe. The Commissars face many challenges on the path to create a People’s State and to assure its survival.
Commissar for Agriculture: Vladimir Milyutin
Commissar of War Affairs: Nikolai Krylenko
Commissar of Naval Affairs: Pavel Dybenko
Commissar for Trade and Industry: Viktor Nogin
Commissar for Education: Anatoly Lunacharsky
Commissar for Food: Ivan Teodorovich
Commissar for Foreign Affairs: Leon Trotsky
Commissar for Interior Affairs: Alexei Rykov
Commissar for Justice: Georgy Oppokov
Commissar for Labour: Alexander Shlyapnikov
Commissar of Nationalities: Joseph Stalin
Commissar for Posts and Telegraphs: Nikolai Glebov-Avilov
Commissar for Finance: Ivan Skvortsov-Stepanov
Commissar for Social Welfare: Alexandra Kollontai
Director of the Cheka: Felix Dzerzhinsky
Commander of the 5th Army: Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky
Commander of the Red Latvian Riflemen: Jukums Vacietis
Commander of the Eastern Front: Sergey Sergeyevich Kamenev
Commander of the Dungan Cavalry Regiment: Magaza Masanchi
Peter Jiang | Director
Peter Jiang is a senior in Semiahmoo Secondary’s International Baccalaureate program and with his passion for Model UN, comes his passion for Russian history. A lover of European conflicts and the Russian Tsardom, he’s happy to be the Director of the Council of People’s Commissars. You can often find Peter playing trombone, cooking, and escaping his surly earthen problems and flying away in light aircraft. VMUN 2018 is sure to bring intense debate, new friendships, and an all-around amazing adventure for all students. Peter is happy to be apart of this journey, and looks forward to uniting the workers of the world under the glorious banner of Bolshevism!
Kevin Zhu | Chair
Kevin Zhu is a senior at Semiahmoo Secondary school, where he is tackling his second year of the International Baccalaureatte Programme. Kevin was first immersed in the Model UN experience in Grade 9, and has been in love with it ever since. Through Model UN, Kevin has been able to learn more about global issues, international relations, crisis management, and public speaking but he values the friendships he’s made the most. When he isn’t doing photography, Kevin is often eating, sleeping, or browsing Spotify in search of some new lofi hip hop. Kevin is absolutely ecstatic to Chair in the Advanced Crisis Committee and can’t wait to meet all of his delegates.
Tessa Furey | Crisis Staff
Tessa Furey is currently a grade 10 attending Whistler Secondary School and is honoured to be serving as your Crisis Staff at VMUN 2018. She started her journey in MUN as a tiny (and terrified) grade eight and knows how difficult it was to speak up. Over her years of MUN, she’s found the reality behind success: caffeine and power naps. Outside of MUN, Tessa enjoys buying books and then forgetting to read them and spending more time arguing about politics. She looks forward to meeting all delegates and hopes that she can make the committee a success.
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.