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Student Journals for the Cold War Simulation

World War 3 Lesson Plan Student Journal: Great Britain

World War 3 Lesson Plan

Pre-simulation Report

Things are escalating. The NATO powers are getting more and more agitated as things continue to escalate. Then Soviets are planning an all out nuclear strike on the United States. If they strike first, we will strike back with every missile that we have in our arsenal.  So far, the dominoes just keep on falling. I as the president of Great Britain plan on staying close with the United States and to be as big of a help as I can be. If we’re going to make it out of victorious, every decision we make is going to be crucial. 

Day One

The Warsaw Pact has officially made the first move. They have made an attack on Turkey and was unsuccessful. I as the presidetnt of Great Britain convinced the United States to move to Defcon 3 and to use Tactical nukes to eliminate the Soviet tanks moving in on Turkey territory. But, I’m sure that’t not the only attack that they will attempt. To strike back and to teach them not to mess with the NATO forces, we sent troops and tanks into Cuba and took over that territory. Other NATO allies have information that the Warsaw Pact is preparing to initiate an all out Nuclear attack on the United States and other NATO countries. As a precaution, we have initiated “launch on warning” in case of a Nuclear Attack. This may be the last time I’m ever able to write. If one Warhead is fired from the Soviets, then the whole world is doomed. There will be no saving anyone. 

Day Two

It’s over. The word as we know it has been destroyed. The soil that we have farmed for millions of years is destroyed. All of life as we know it is destroyed. There is nothing left. People that are lucky to survive, are going to die soon anyways. Temperatures will soon reach sub zero temps and there will be so much smoke and debris in the air making it impossible to see the light of the son. All hope is lost. If you are reading this, it’s too late. It was over from the start. There is no longer any food or supplies to survive. I am working on repairing any radios or technological devices to try to communicate with anyone else and see if there are other survivors. Life as we know it is gone. Nothing will be the same for a really long time. As Einstein once said, he didn’t know what would happen in world war 3, but world war 4 would be fought with sticks and stones. In all reality, he was right. 

Nuclear War Simulation Student Journal: Belgium

Nuclear War Simulation

Orientation- Pre War

Belgium 

The NATO and the Warsaw Pact both have very dangerous nuclear missiles that could be sent across continents. Today we have established which group we are defending and how we are going to go about it. Being Belgium, I am apart of the NATO and will do everything in my power to defend my allies. I will also try my best to avoid an outside countries. Knowing that we both have many missiles that can be launched, we need to be prepared and ready for anything that come our way. We only have a limited time to respond to these launches and we need to have a plan ready. Talking as a group and forming a plan for attacks will help keep us safe and successful. 

Day 1

Belgium 

Today was a big day for Nato. There is so much more to come, but we are staying powerful and doing everything we can to defend. We are prepared for the war that is soon to come after the Warsaw Pact went to defcon one at the end today. We aren’t going to let this determine our fate though, we too have powerful nukes that will knock them out. The Nato countries working together is a stronger force then one might think. We have taken Cuba and successfully saved turkey from being taken. The Warsaw Pact was about to take it, but we decided to use our tactical nukes and successfully defended. I feel as though they need to rethink some of their decisions because we can just as easily send nukes their way as well. As Belgium, I know I will do everything in my power to defend, and not let manipulation sway me otherwise.  Defcon one, we’re ready for you. 

Day 2 

Belgium 

Oh my, this day was a big one. Well, Belgium a lot with other of my fellow NATO Allies are goners. We were bombed by the Soviet Union and the result of the blast killed everyone in my country. I don’t even know how I’m writing this right now because everything is completely destroyed, but here we are. We started the day with a victory in Turkey and the BAM! Nukes were being sent all over the world. Unfortunately, we were not able to respond in time so the everything went up in flames and the United States was hit in multiple places. Now, everyone is taking shelter to avoid the affects of radiation, but as we all know,  many still won’t survive. Overall, these three days escalated quickly and the world is finally at peace…everyone is dead. 

World War III Lesson Plan Student Journal: China

World War III Lesson Plan

Period 1 – China 

Orientation Day 

Today we talked about how the simulation is going to work. This simulation sounds like it could intense very quickly if one person makes the wrong move and makes other countries either nervous or mad. I looked at my objectives today and some of them look a little hard to do. Spencer is the Soviet Union and I have to make friends with them and Spencer makes things hard. Elizabeth is the United States so that should be an easier conversation that the one with Spencer. My plan is to talk to Liz and make friends with the United States and then talk to Spencer and make friends with the Soviet Union. The only hard thing that I have to do is talk the United States and the Soviet Union into having them let me use their nuclear weapons. That will be hard because they are both going to be protective of their weapons and use them wisely. 

Day 1: 

Today was the first official day of the simulation. There hasn’t been much going on. My objectives are tough but I have done 2 of them already. I just need to convince the United States and Soviet Union to let them let me use their nuclear weapons. The Soviet Union just launched a nuclear attack on the United States, Luxembourg, West Germany, Great Britain, and 2 other countries. They are shocked and are trying to get back at Spencer. I just had talked to the Soviet Union in the hallway and asked him for the use of his nuclear weapons to help me develop my own weapons. I then need to talk to the United States and make an alliance with them to help me get power. I sent a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union and won. I did that with the United States. Now I have a feeling that Spencer is going to go for me and only me tomorrow and I will have nothing left after tomorrow. But that is okay because I have done all of my objectives so I will receive all of my points. This simulation is kind of fun because you get to play people and make them give you things and then 10 seconds later you can send a nuclear strike and bomb their country. 

Day 2:

Today I believe is the day that I will no longer have anything left in my country because the Soviet Union is going to kill me. I used him to get my nuclear weapons and now he is coming after me. He sent a huge nuclear attack on NATO and killed everything and everyone. The simulation was over within a matter of seconds today. The entire map was filled with red circles after that happened. Everyone was glad that it was over because there was a lot of tension in the room between Spencer and everyone else. 

Nuclear War Simulation Student Journal: Cuba

Nuclear War Simulation

Dear Journal,

The Soviet Union and I have come to a consensus. We both do not want to start nuclear war, however, he wishes to take over all of Europe.  Because I do not which to start a nuclear war, I will make it known. Knowing how the United States is, they will not fire unless fired upon. I hope that my fellow Soviet Union ally will not take things to far and make America think that we’re trying to make nuclear war. 

All I can say is that I’m not ready for a nuclear war and the devastation that it brings—like it did in Japan. However, after my past with America—could they want war, or to attack me? Dare the United States be so daring as to attack me? I’ll have to ask the Soviet Union to bring me medium nuclear warfare. 

Sincerely yours,

Castro

Dear Journal,

Tensions all day have been running high, and everyone is on alert. My ally has given China nuclear warfare, and China had betrayed them by attacking them! Who knew the tides could turn so quickly?! What should I make out of everything??? I mean I knew that Stalin would attack harshly, but for the Nato to turn China against him? 

And as if things can get any worse—and Nato can’t be any more heartless! Nato has reached Defcon Two and are ready to strike their nuclear weaponry. What do I DO? What if they attack me! I mean they’ve done it in the past—I bet they just want to attack! Well, America, I’m going to get nukes from the Soviet Union! Yes, you bomb me, I bomb you!

Sincerely yours,

Castro

Dear Journal, 

I’ve convinced the Soviet Union to give me nukes. However, before he gave me the nukes he had the decency to tell me to nuke America! AS IF! I wanted to have the nukes for protection…not to start war… My objective was not to invade the U.S. but to keep it from happening. However, I wanted the nukes to retaliate just in case they nuked me because of the launch on warning! How could the Soviet Union try to corrupt everything like this…

Of course, I’m here…writing my last letter, thirty minuets before all the bombs land all over. How can the Soviet Union go against what they said! They wanted Europe—not to nuke the whole earth and bring destruction to it! How could they go against everything they’ve said! …Alas, I hope that I have done enough and that death will come quick—for I don’t want to walk the earth one foot in the grave and the other on the grounds of the  earth…

Sincerely yours,

Castro

Cold War Lesson Plan Student Journal

Cold War Simulation

West Germany – Period 2

Prewar Report

Today was more of an explanation day with just explaining on how the entire simulation was going to be ran and how it was a little different from other ones, with the tactical nukes and snap count launches. I plan on working very closely with the United States because they seem to be a big superpower with many of the nukes being in their hands, along side with countries that surround West Germany for a place to retreat if I get invaded (which I plan to see aggression inflicted on me). In a case when where that happens I will hopefully retreat to Belgium or Norway, unless the United States stays and fights with us.

Day 1

There has so far been an attack on Yugoslavia by the USSR and I think that they plan on taking the rest of Europe along side it. We decided that when the USSR attacked Turkey, that we needed to use tactical nukes because our 300 armored tank divisions wouldn’t be able to stop the 1000 incoming USSR divisions. We successfully destroyed all of them without losing any of our troops. Everybody in NATO is not wanting to have a nuclear war but to make peace, while the Warsaw Pact is wanting war it seems. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

Day 2

The Warsaw Pact is continually showing signs of aggression towards NATO allied countries and are asking us to leave West Germany for them to take it. No way I’m going to leave my country without a fight. Everybody except the United States and my West German divisions are left in West Germany. The USSR sent another 1000 troops to Turkey, which ended like a repeat of the last one, all casualties were on the USSR, which we had launch on warning activated, and just like that, everything was reduced to rubble.

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Student Journal: Italy

Cold War Simulation

Orientation Day

My plan is just to hold on to my country and make sure it doesn’t get bombed. I want to kinda stay neutral because I don’t want to lose my country. I also i’m gonna do whatever the United States tells me to do. The reason why is because I have to stay stand by them. I’m gonna make sure I do all of my objectives that I have to do. I have been trying to help all my allies out but with nuclear war it’s hard to do. 

Italy, 1, Day 1

So what we had planned was to just not do nuclear war just yet. We wanted to make sure that we had a good strategy planned out first before we did anything. We were gonna try and take out the USSR. The reasons why is because they had lots of missiles. We wanted to take all of the missiles out so we didn’t have to worry about them bombing us. But things didn’t turn out that way yesterday. They went to Defcon 1 and that took a turn for the worst. We also had found out that Cuba had missiles and they were gonna launch them at the United States. So our plan had to change it what we did. We ended up taking out Cuba because we didn’t want anything to happen to United State. The reason why is because they had all the missiles and bombs for us. We had lost about 3 countries and that put a hardship on us. The reason why is because they were important countries to us. 

Itayl 1, Day 2

So far we haven’t done much today. We are trying to find a way to take over some countries. But the problem is trying to find out how we are gonna do it. We can’t bomb anyone right now because we just can’t right now. So i’m moving my tanking into another countries because we need them to move. I’m moving my tanks into Norway and that is going to take sometime. It’s getting hard for us to decide where to move our tanks and how it’s gonna work. So China is gonna decide on allying with NATO.  We are now trying to decide on how to take over the USSR. We don’t want them to win. We also have missiles that are ready for launch. So that means that if they bomb us we have missiles ready to firer back. We decide to move my tanks and then bomb Yugoslavia because we don’t want them to take me over. So this just took a turn for the worst. The United States just got bombed really bad. This isn’t good at all. We don’t know what to do from here. Well we destroyed the whole world this is sad.So Nato lost the war. 

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Student Journal: Canada

Cold War Simulation

Orientation (Canada)

We went over the rules of the simulation and what we have to do. My only two objectives is to help defend my NATO land and to make peace through out the world. Right away we had went out to the hall way and make a plan on what we were going to do. We were going to go easy and work our way up. I was trying to talk our group into not going all in at first, to work our way up there, and it started to work, but then the Soviets had to dive in right away. There went my trying to create peace. 

Canada 1 Day 1 

We talked about as a whole how and when we were going to bomb and take out the Soviets. I agreed that we shouldn’t have gone to Defcon 1 right away. I have to try and make peace during all this. We had come to an agreement that we would gradually bring the Defcon numbers down. We were going to make it a 3 but we went to a 4. Right away the Soviets had moved down to a 1 and had taken out West Germany. Then everyone had said to move us down to Defcon 1. Once we had done that we had talked out in the hall way and made some plans. I don’t have any missiles or anything, but I can defend and give advise. The Soviets had also gotten a hold of Great Britain. But we took out Cube, the Moscow area and got rid of those tanks, and the other number of tanks on the far side of them too. 

Canada 1  Day 2

Right away the Soviets had sent their tanks over to Turkey, both sides are also on Defcon 1. Kayla (United States) had sent the missiles from Turkey and send them to Poland and West Germany. Unites States had turned on their Launch on Warning. There is no chance in me trying to create peace now. We are at a stand off point, where if the Soviets attack the NATO’s launch their nooks. Either way right now, neither side will win. The Soviet’s had let the four horseman ride. And we had launched what we had. There were no winners in the end. 

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Student Journal: Canada

Cold War Simulation

Orientation (Canada)

We went over the rules of the simulation and what we have to do. My only two objectives is to help defend my NATO land and to make peace through out the world. Right away we had went out to the hall way and make a plan on what we were going to do. We were going to go easy and work our way up. I was trying to talk our group into not going all in at first, to work our way up there, and it started to work, but then the Soviets had to dive in right away. There went my trying to create peace. 

Canada 1 Day 1 

We talked about as a whole how and when we were going to bomb and take out the Soviets. I agreed that we shouldn’t have gone to Defcon 1 right away. I have to try and make peace during all this. We had come to an agreement that we would gradually bring the Defcon numbers down. We were going to make it a 3 but we went to a 4. Right away the Soviets had moved down to a 1 and had taken out West Germany. Then everyone had said to move us down to Defcon 1. Once we had done that we had talked out in the hall way and made some plans. I don’t have any missiles or anything, but I can defend and give advise. The Soviets had also gotten a hold of Great Britain. But we took out Cube, the Moscow area and got rid of those tanks, and the other number of tanks on the far side of them too. 

Canada 1  Day 2

Right away the Soviets had sent their tanks over to Turkey, both sides are also on Defcon 1. Kayla (United States) had sent the missiles from Turkey and send them to Poland and West Germany. Unites States had turned on their Launch on Warning. There is no chance in me trying to create peace now. We are at a stand off point, where if the Soviets attack the NATO’s launch their nooks. Either way right now, neither side will win. The Soviet’s had let the four horseman ride. And we had launched what we had. There were no winners in the end. 

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Student Journal: France

Cold War Simulation

France 1 Day 1

I am one of the countries with N.A.T.O., but I want to stand independent. I know that if I stand independent that I will be taken over, or wiped out immediately. I know that if the United States were in a crisis, I will have to help them, and that would mean that my independence would be pushed aside because N.A.T.O. is a consensus voting system would be in place by the United States. I think that the consensus voting system is a good thing, but also a bad thing because that would mean everyone will have a say in what another country needs, or wants to do, and that means that will take a lot of time to finally decide what to do. I don

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Journal: East Germany

Cold War Simulation

East Germany, 1, Orientation: I have joined the Warsaw Pact under the command of the Soviet Union. I hold much hope in our leader to expand. I hope to only reach DEFCON 2 and not go further. I plan to follow our leader and help with my tanks as much as possible before there can be a nuclear war.

East Germany, 1, Day 1: Today our Soviet Leader has stated that he will close off Berlin. He told us that we were going to move west in Europe. I feel that the tension is high and fear that they don’t respond to badly to our actions. That hope was short lived because they have moved many of their troops to West Germany. Both NATO and Warsaw Pact have moved to DEFCON 4. Our leader have probably gone crazy because he as just sent ” Stride Package Bravo” and destroyed West Germany with a lot of their troops. In retaliation NATO has done the same and deployed bombers and submarines as well. Cuba, Moscow, and many other countries have been destroyed, I fear we will all die and it will be the end. 

East Germany, 1, Day 2: Our leader of Warsaw Pact attacked Turkey with the tanks in that are. Unfortunately they were abel to retaliate and completely wipe out my country of East Germany. I fear that the horrible death is finally coming to an end because both us and NATO have activated the “Launch and Warning”.  I thought that this cold war would never get to this. I did not expect my my country to be hit. Now Warsaw Pact and NATO are at a stand off. Italy has been blocked off and now our leader had ordered the “Let The Horsemen Ride”. This is the end and now my hope is gone. I wish that we never had let this happen.