Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, Great Britain

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Great Britain 2 Orientation Day,

Initial Thoughts: Initially I thought that this war would be a very scary and devastating one if it got to the point of DEFCON 1. DEFCON 1 was the point when an all out nuclear strike would occur, most likely from both sides. I can sense that there will definitely be a lot of escalation, and each side will probably do the same thing that the other side does. There will be a lot of back and forth for sure. It looks like the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact is going to be the stronger side in this situation, so that will probably not end well for the side of NATO. This makes me nervous because we have no idea what the Warsaw Pact is going to do. 

Strategy: The plan for now is to stick with NATO and honor that alliance. If I stick with them, we may be stronger than the Soviet Union but I’m not sure. I am also going to stay close with the United States, since they are very strong and have a lot more tanks than I do. I’m not sure if I want to be offensive in this war, because I don’t think that nuclear war is that way to do things. However, when escalation happens I know that NATO will have to fight back unless we want territory taken from us. 

Great Britain 2 Day 1,

Thoughts: This was a very short day (10 minutes) so not a lot happened. The Soviet Union gave a confusing speech, but the core of the speech was that they were cutting off supply in Berlin. So our people in Berlin were hopeless, they couldn’t get any supplies and would die out soon. Also, both sides initiated “Launch on Warning” which meant that whoever sent the missiles first would have some sent right back to them immediately. We turned this on because if the Warsaw Pact sent anything our way, they needed to pay and have our missiles launched to them. That way none of the Warsaw missiles would hit ours. Basically we wanted to be able to send everything we had if it got to that point. I still hope that none of us reach DEFCON 1, however it could very easily happen. 

Strategy: Our strategy this day was simple and short. All we did was turn on our “Launch on Warning” and told the Soviet Union we wanted to keep peace. The US and Canada sent troops to West Germany. This could end badly tho, because this would make West Germany a bigger target. My strategy is still the same: I’m going to sit still until NATO needs me, or until I have to be brought into the war. This is because I don’t want my country to suffer if it’s not even needed. Nuclear weapons are TERRIBLE and they cause terrible destruction anywhere they go. So yes, of course I want to prevent putting my country in the risk of being devastated by such missiles. 

Great Britain 2 Day 2,

Thoughts: This day was a little bit confusing and devastating all in one. Escalation increased dramatically when both sides increased their DEFCON every single turn. The Soviet Union was putting us in a trap of back and forth warfare, NATO could see that they would not be able to win in the end because the Warsaw Pact was too strong. The position they put us in forced us to go to DEFCON 1 and nuke the whole country. Since “Launch on Warning” was on for the Warsaw Pact, we knew that this would devastate our countries as well. Either way we knew that our side would suffer, so we made sure the other side suffered as well. This may not have been the right way to handle things

Strategy: Our strategy was to protect our countries in NATO. If that meant that we needed to increase the DEFCON, then that’s what we did. Our alliances stuck together through the end. Even though we initiated the complete destruction of the countries in the Warsaw pact, we did it because there was nothing else we could do. They did not want to make peace and they were not going to stop taking our territories and our large missiles. The Soviet Union started this conflict, and regretfully we had to end it. 

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