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.