Workshop: The Democracy Game part two

Continued from here

 

SITUATION ONE:

WAR?
WE ARE THE ATHENIAN ASSEMBLY WE WILL VOTE ON EACH ISSUE AND GO WITH THE DECISION OF THE MAJORITY.
THE SPARTANS HAVE DEMANDED THAT WE DISBAND THE LEAGUE OR THEY WILL DECLARE WAR.

GENERAL:
WE MUST NOT ACCEPT THE SPARTAN DEMANDS. WE MUST PROTECT OUR INTERESTS AND THE LEAGUE. WE CAN FIGHT THE SPARTANS AND USE OUR NAVY TO BEAT THEM IN WAR.

FARMER:
THE SPARTAN ARMY IS TOO STRONG. THEY WILL INVADE OUR LAND AND DESTROY OUR CROPS. WE MUST MAKE PEACE WITH THE SPARTANS AND AVOID WAR.

MERCHANT:
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THE LEAGUE. WE GET MONEY IN TAXES AND WE TRADE GOODS WITH THEM. WE MUST FIGHT THE SPARTANS.


VOTE!

SITUATION TWO:

SPARTAN INVASION
THE SPARTANS ARE THREATENING TO INVADE ATHENIAN LAND.
DO WE FIGHT THEM?
SOLDIER:
WE MUST NOT FIGHT THE SPARTANS NOW. THEY ARE BETTER TRAINED AND THEY WILL DEFEAT OUR ARMY. THEY ARE TOO STRONG. WE MUST ALL COME INSIDE THE CITY WALLS WHERE WE WILL ALL BE SAFE.

FARMER:
IF WE DO NOT PROTECT OUR FARMS, THE SPARTANS WILL DESTROY ALL OUR CROPS. WE MUST NOT LET THEM INVADE OUR LAND.
GENERAL:
WE MUST NOT FIGHT THE SPARTANS NOW. WE MUST WAIT AND USE OUR NAVY TO DEFEAT THEM AT SEA. WE MUST, ABANDON OUR FARMS AND RETREAT INTO THE CITY WHERE THEY CANNOT ATTACK US. WE CAN GET GRAIN FROM OUR ALLIES. IN TIME WE WILL BE ABLE TO BEAT THEM
VOTE!


SITUATION THREE:

WAR AT SEA
THE SPARTANS HAVE DESTROYED ATHENIAN FARMS AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE PLAGUE IN THE CITY WALLS.
THE SPARTANS THINK THEY ARE DOING WELL. ARE THEY?
POLITICIAN:
WE MUST USE OUR NAVY TO ATTACK THE SPARTANS ON THEIR OWN TERRITORY. IF WE ARE BOLD WE CAN DEFEAT THE SPARTANS USING OUR NAVY.

FARMER:
WE SHOULD USE OUR MONEY TO PROTECT OUR OWN LAND AND PROTECT OUR FARMS. WE NEED GRAIN FROM FARMS TO LIVE BUT THE SPARTANS HAVE DETROYED ALL OUR FARMS. US FARMERS ARE GETTING POOR AND NONE OF OUR CITIZENS HAVE FOOD TO EAT.

SOLDIER:
IT IS TOO RISKY TO ATTACK THE SPARTANS. WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON PROTECTING ATHENS AND OUR LEAGUE.
GENERAL:
THE SPARTANS THINK THEY ARE DOING WELL. WE MUST SHOW THEM THAT THEY ARE WRONG AND THAT ATHENS IS A STRONG POWER. WE CAN DEFEAT THEM USING OUR NAVY.
VOTE!

SITUATION FOUR:

STALEMATE
THE ATHENIAN NAVY HAVE HAD MANY VICTORIES AND DEFEATED THE SPARTANS IN BATTLE AT LAST. THE SPARTANS NO LONGER THINK THEY ARE WINNING.
THE ATHENIAN NAVY HAVE CAPTURED SEVERAL SPARTAN HOSTAGES ON THE PELOPONESE. BUT THE SPARTAN ARMY HAVE CAPTURE OUR SILVER MINES FROM WHERE WE GET OUR MONEY. WE ARE IN STALEMATE.
THE SPARTANS WANT TO NEGIOTIATE A PEACE.

MERCHANT:
WE NEED MONEY TO TRADE. THE SPARTANS HAVE BEEN DEFEATED IN BATTLE. WE CAN MAKE PEACE NOW AND PROTECT OUR LEAGUE.

POLITICIAN:
WE CAN MAKE FURTHER WAR ON THE SPARTANS AND DEFEAT THEM AGAIN. IF WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT THEM WE CAN DESTROY THEM FOREVER AND BE THE BIGGEST POWER IN GREECE.

GENERAL:
IF WE MAKE PEACE NOW WE CAN REGROUP OUR FORCES AND MAKE SURE IF SPARTA THREATENS US AGAIN WE WILL HAVE A STRONG ARMY TOO DEFEAT THEM BY LAND AND SEA.
VOTE!

SITUATION FIVE:

PEACE
THE SPARTANS HAVE MADE PEACE!
WE ARE NO LONGER AT WAR. THE ATHENIANS WERE ABLE TO HOLD OFF THE SPARTANS AND PROTECT THEIR LEAGUE.
GREECE IS AT PEACE

GENERAL:
WE MUST HOLD SACRIFICES TO THE GODS TO THANK THEM FOR PROTECTING OUR CITY AND OUR ALLIES.
MERCHANT:
WE MUST THANK ATHENA, OUR CITY GODDESS, AND ZEUS, KING OF THE GODS, FOR GIVING ATHENS VICTORY IN WAR!

FARMER:
WE MUST PRAY TO THE GODS FOR A GOOD HARVEST AND GIVE SACRIFICE TO THEM. IF WE PRAY TO THE GODS THEY WILL BE GOOD TO US.

SOLDIER:
WE MUST HONOUR THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN WAR AND MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK AFTER THEM. IF PRAY TO THE DEAD THE GODS WILL GIVE US GOOD FORTUNE.
POLITICIAN:

IF WE DO NOT THANK THE GODS THEY WILL BE ANGRY. WE MUST HOLD A FESTIVAL TO THE GODS TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE CITY’S GOOD FORTUNE.
VOTE!

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