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WW1 Simulation Game

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It is 1914 and Europe is in turmoil. Most countries have been building up their armies and naval fleets in readiness fora war they believe is coming sooner or later, following a series of 'minor' conflicts overland, border disputes, assassinations and conquests of smaller neighbours. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many countries were expanding their empires, in order to increase their wealth. A notable exception was your neighbour Germany. Germany only became one united country in
1871 after defeating France and taking the border region of Alsace-Lorraine. Germany since 1871 has been increasing its army and its navy and is now a very powerful country. You know that any day now there is going to bean almighty fight. In order to avoid losing you need to make as many allies as possible to help you in the big fight against anyone who might be your enemy. As you are small and weak country it would be best if you could gain the support more powerful countries.
Today’s task
 You will receive a message from your teacher. You must discuss the message in your group and decide who you would like to be your ally. The more allies you have, the safer you will be.
 You should communicate to other countries bypassing them notes. You can inform other countries whatever you like to get them on your side or to stop them being allied with countries which you might not like. You can even lie
 You must write all notes in a sensible, professional and diplomatic style.
 Any note passed to you by your teacher has to be accepted as the truth and it overrides any messages given to you by another country. If the teacher's note informs you to do something then you must do it.
 You will now receive your first note from your teacher. You will have about 25 minutes before war breaks out. Do all you canto ensure your safety. Good luck

Alliances and the buildup to the First World War diplomatic simulation role play
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