Executive Cabinet of Mikhail Gorbachev
Limit: 10 delegates
Cabinet English Description
Welcome to the Historical Cabinet committee! Cabinet is a fast-paced committee in which each delegate is given a role of a minister who has certain powers to their name. For instance, the Minister of Foreign affairs has the ability to contact other nations for help in certain domestic or international issues. This committee will follow a standard parliamentary procedure and over the course of the debate there is no set topic, but rather you as ministers will be responding to crisis situations happening constantly. These crises can vary from economic to social issues and it is the job of delegates to solve them effectively and quickly. Cabinet also gives the ability for the ministers to change the course of the debate. For instance, they are able to send notes to each other to formulate alliances and further expand on their plans. You are also able to send crisis notes to the chairs which is what allows ministers to exercise the powers they have. It might seem intimidating at first but the ability to change the course of the debate by delegates is what makes Cabinet such a unique committee. In the end, the cabinet revolves around delegates working together in order to solve crises that come up as the debate continues. We hope you are interested in joining the Committee and can't wait for you to join us at DALE!
The year is 1985. Michael Jordan has been named the NBA's "Rookie of the Year,” Coca-Cola has changed its original formula to introduce the sweeter “New Coke,” and Mikhail Gorbachev has just become the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. With the Cold War reaching new heights following the election of Western leaders Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, staunch anti-communists, it is now up to the newly-elected Gorbachev and his Politburo members to decide whether to open new doors to the West or close the Soviet Union out to the world even more. The superpower’s command economy currently bears the burden of running a large military, supporting its strong security and KGB networks, and providing money to allied countries around the world, on top of sustaining a nation of Soviets whose younger generations zealously demand reform, and many of whose older citizens wish to reestablish the once-great Communist empire in the likes of former leader Joseph Stalin. As they address these and a handful of other issues, members of this committee will have the unique ability to change the course of history through thoughtfully crafted solutions, creative directives and crisis notes, and strategic alliances with their fellow cabinet members. Reform is at hand for the USSR, but the long-established bureaucratic institutions of the Soviet Communist Party will pose a challenge for those who wish to disrupt the status quo and change the foundational image of the Soviet superpower, which is nevertheless slowly weathering in influence and stability. Tread carefully, comrades, for the decisions you make today will be determinant for the future of the Soviet Union, and remember—the world is watching.
Mikhail Gorbachev Committee Bulletin