Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, France

France 2 Orientation Day

Initial Thoughts: The thought of a full out nuclear war just brings goosebumps to me. If the world and countries ever got into a full out nuclear war, the whole country could and would be destroyed. Having nukes is just like militarism and having a big army. Every country is going to want nukes and they want to show that they have the better nukes. When one country does something, the opposite side of the war would also want to do something. This would be how it is with nukes. One country fires at another country and they want to show off their nukes so they fire back. This would lead to a full out nuclear war and destruction to many and almost all of other countries. 

Strategy: I needed to keep peace with everyone because France couldn’t take another war. They had just been in two wars and they couldn’t lose anymore troops or land. Thankfully they had the United States in the simulation because the United States always helps win the war. My initial strategy was to not try and get into war. I didn’t want to lose any troops and didn’t want to give up land around me because then I would end up getting hit with a tactical nuke. I also needed to keep France because if I had lost that, the Warsaw Pact would have gotten France’s nuke which would have affected NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). 

France 2 Day 1

Thoughts: You wouldn’t think on the first day of war, there would be any attacks on other countries. But I mean, you never know with Joseph Stalin on the other side. Even if Stalin would think about going to war, he was theoretically surrounded by NATO. He may have had more troops, but we both had nuclear missiles. If we were to ever feel the discomfort that we were going to lose the war, we could just launch our missiles at the enemies. Never would I have thought to say this, but I honestly hope we don’t get into war and have the idea of nuclear missiles on our mind. Stalin doesn’t know what a full out nuclear war would do, and that is what scares me. 

Strategy: As France, NATO had been surrounding us. With us being part of NATO but also “independent,” we were in no need to be prepared to get attacked. We didn’t need to withstand any attacks, but we were able to take back what used to be part of NATO as well as East Germany. Taking back Berlin had been a huge part in this war because we were able to take back our people that the USSR had split in half. We needed as many nukes as we possibly could, and maybe even try and take the USSR. If we were able to do that, the Warsaw Pact would have no nukes and they would be destroyed. 

France 2 Day 2

Thoughts: There had been multiple attacks on both Eastern and Western Germany of who had control on it. All of these attacks had included nuclear warfare which wiped out the whole army of the opposite side. The only bad thing about this nuclear war is that if you ever had an all out attack, you would eventually lose all of your troops because everyone theoretically had nuclear nukes. But then if you ever tried to escalate the war too much, there would be a nuclear missile launch. If you fired at someone, they had the missiles that they would fire theirs right back at you. The whole world would be destroyed with the click of a button. 

Strategy: With the fact that the war between Eastern and Western Germany, there had been a clear path to what we had to do. If we kept wasting our troops, we were going to get taken over by the Warsaw Pact and lose nukes that would “help” NATO. Everyone saw what the nuclear missiles would do to the war but it was the only thing that we could do if we were the target of the enemy’s nukes. We saw that if we didn’t launch our nuclear missiles, the armies of the Warsaw Pact would take back Turkey and the nukes that NATO had acquired in the borders of Turkey. So we pressed the button and the whole world was gone. Forever. 

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