Adversity Among Adapting Nations

Triple Joint Crisis: The Kalmar Union was a triple monarchy in Scandinavia formed in 1397 with the goal of politically unifying the region; the three crowns of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden were united under one monarch, but each kingdom maintained its own internal political institutions. Among these institutions was the Council of the Realm, a body of ecclesiastical and secular nobles that ruled alongside and oftentimes above the king in Copenhagen. Delegates will act as members of the three councils in 1497, 100 years after the founding of the union and just after its successful restoration through King Hans’ re-subjugation of Sweden following years of non-compliance from Stockholm. This committee, as a triple joint crisis, will challenge delegates to work directly and indirectly with and against one another across committee rooms. Every action taken in each committee room will affect the other two committees and the world at large.

 

KUD

Kingdom of Denmark:

Delegates in this committee will act as members of Denmark’s council, called the “rigsraad” in Danish. Denmark has long been the senior member of the Kalmar Union; when the treaty of Kalmar was signed, Denmark had more population than Sweden and Norway combined. Over the course of the century, however, Sweden’s power has grown steadily and the Swedes have fought repeated wars against Copenhagen for their autonomy and independence. With the most recent Swedish defeat and re-entry into the Union, the Danes have emerged victorious and asserted their power in Scandinavia but it is unclear if the current situation is sustainable. Delegates will pursue the personal interests of their characters, work towards the national interests of the Kingdom of Denmark, and administrate the increasingly troubled and conflict-ridden union as a whole.

 

KUS

Kingdom of Sweden:

Delegates in this committee will act as members of Sweden’s council, called the “riksraad” in Swedish. Sweden’s relationships with Denmark and Norway have been strained by power struggles within the Union for some time now. In 1397 when Sweden accepted the Danish and Norwegian king as their own, Denmark had more population than Sweden and Norway combined so Danish dominance was to be expected. Over the course of the century since, Sweden’s power has grown to the point where it is able to challenge Copenhagen’s level of authority and often its rule altogether. This has resulted in frequent Dano-Swedish wars over the issue of independence, but these have been thus far unsuccessful for Stockholm. The most recent defeat was not even a year ago, when King Hans overthrew the regent of Sweden after gaining the favor the rest of the Swedish Council of the Realm. Now back in the Union, albeit somewhat unwillingly, the Swedes will have to decide how best to proceed into an unclear future. Delegates will pursue the personal interests of their characters, work towards the national interests of the Kingdom of Sweden, and administrate the increasingly troubled and conflict-ridden union as a whole.

 

KUN

Kingdom of Norway:

Delegates in this committee will act as members of Norway’s council, called the “riksraad” in Norwegian. For centuries Norway was a very powerful state that dominated the North Sea, but much has changed since the Viking Age which ended nearly 500 years ago in 1066. Norway was ravaged by the Black Death in 1349, killing half of its population and allowing the Kingdom to fall under mostly Danish but also Swedish influence. In this uncertain age, the Norwegian council is divided among pro-Danish, pro-Swedish, pro-Independence, and apathetic elements. While Oslo lacks the sheer military power of Copenhagen and Stockholm, it rules over easily defensible terrain and strong fortresses to ward off potential threats from either side. Additionally, news of recent Spanish expeditions across the Atlantic raises questions about Norwegian tales from centuries’ past and new possibilities for the future. Delegates will pursue the personal interests of their characters, work towards the national interests of the Kingdom of Norway, and administrate the increasingly troubled and conflict-ridden union as a whole.

 

 

 


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