Imminent Invasion by ‘Mother Russia’?

“Putin will come riding a bear”

Well… that sounds terrifying. Or is it? The Constituent Assembly of Myanmar was faced with an interesting proposition by a visiting Russian representative: either remove the presence of US military troops or give more power to ethnic minorities. If neither of the options are fulfilled, the wrath of “mother Russia” will come for the Assembly.

Last night, the Assembly was called back to their assembly room for a crisis: a cyclone had hit the country and damaged the land. In the end, the Assembly decided to allow the United States military to enter Myanmar in order to help the country rebuild. However, it is obvious from the Russian delegate’s visit that certain forces oppose this aid.

Many delegates leapt at the chance to provide ethnic minorities recognized by the shadow government more rights. The New Minister of Border Affairs proposed granting minorities land rights and emphasized the importance of unity within the country. We must “make Myanmar strong and legitimate so other countries will respect us,” the delegate stated. Other delegates, like the Minister of Defense echoed this sentiment, offering to negotiate with minorities in return for their loyalty, and a promise to put down their arms.

The minority groups in question welcomed the chance for more equality. As delegate Bao Youxiang of the United Wa State Party lamented, the most “disgusting” thing is the lack of simple voting rights in the Assembly. Many of the minority groups were open to negotiation in the hopes of gaining more recognition.

Others in the room took Russia’s threat to extremes. The representative of the Rohingya peoples ominously reminded the Assembly that the Rohingya had “no friends on this committee,” and their only ally was the United States. Should the committee attempt to remove US troops, the Rohingya would ensure that the US had a presence in making sure the Rohingya people got their rights. The Minister of Ethnic Affairs stated that there is “no reasons to remove US troops,” and considering the Rohingyan threat, she may be right. Giving ethnic minority groups their rights seems to be the simpler solution.

On a complete opposite note, the Shan representative spoke of allowing Russia into the country. “How bad is the Russian federation [anyways]?” the delegate challenged. Not responding to Russia’s threat and essentially welcoming the country in, “offers us a unique opportunity to reshape this government,” said the representative, commenting that the Russian invasion would make way for the states would become the leaders.

The Russian threat – fix your country or we will invade – was a sinister one (although it was snarled in a remarkably good Russian accent by a crisis member). Nearly all the delegates of the Constituent Assembly of Myanmar were pro-giving ethnic minorities rights. To agree, however, is the easy part. Now, they must get to compromising.






Lenin’s Death and the Future of USSR — Potential Fracturing of the Commissar

1924. The leader and the guiding light of USSR, Vladimir Lenin, just passed away under strict confidential protection. Under his administration, the Communist Party in Russia gained control over the political entity, and united Russia under one governmental party.  The news has not gotten out yet, and HIR is going to bring you the latest updates on the elaboration of the crisis.

Among many immediate and threatening issues, the death of Lenin lead to doubt within the USSR administration regarding the ideology in governance, and the unavoidable question of successor.

There are voices claiming that things will remain unchanged with the Soviet Union. Some delegates apparently believe, or would like the press to believe, that nothing is going to be changed or challenged within the Commissar. According to delegate George, the training and education of ideology are everlasting and will not be compromised upon Lenin’s death. The future will be defended by the people and the consolidation.

The HIR holds reasonable doubts regarding this claim that sweeps many issues under the table at a time of evident crisis. This doubt was proven substantial as the media bombardment progresses. When asked the question of successor, more conflict emerged on the table and immediate tension began emerging in the room. Mr. Vladimir responded defensively by claiming that all those who deserve it will be punished in the near future. He also confirmed that there are traitors in the room, and traitors to the Party will be punished. This brings doubts to the unity of the consolidation. The death of Lenin is going to soon ignite conflict or even civil war over succession.

However, many delegates jumped in to reassure the press and the supporters that the leaders will work in tendon after the death of Lenin, and that in no near future will a single leader be selected to replace Lenin’s position. The Commissar will put an end to the period of one common leader, and enter into a somewhat republican, or egalitarian reign.

A supporter of this ideal, Nikolai Bulounin, actually went so far as to claiming that the Commissar intends to stop the spreading of the news that Lenin had passed away. This smells like a dubious cover-up of political conspiracy, intending to blind the supporters and civilian regarding the government they are under.

The Harvard International Review will not hold off reporting on the death of Lenin, as the international and regional power this information carries is invaluable. Also, the HIR encourages civilians to remain alert to any updates from the USSR officials

Foreign Affairs, Lenin Affairs, Love Affairs (Russia 1917, Part III)

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PETROGRAD, Russia — Please join us as we continue to travel through history.

Moments before the news broke, handwritten notes and secret leaks started pouring into Komsomolskaya Pravda’s newsroom. Different conspiracy theories started to emerge. Everyone could feel the tension in the air.

Lenin had died.

The great Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, leader of our Revolution, had died.

As expected, news media from all over the world (some of them traveling from the future) bombarded the Council of People’s Commissars. “The communist movement must live on,” said one of the delegates when asked by the press, “so we are taking on collective responsibility.”

But in fact, things were not as smooth as it sounded. Several sources, including the Commissars of Agriculture and Telecom, revealed that there indeed was a secret plot to “remove” Lenin, and to assume command of the republic through the power vacuum. Sources all pointed to the notorious Commissar of Foreign Affairs as the culprit, who remained awkwardly silent during the press conference and debates.

It was unclear whether the Commissar of Foreign Affairs tried to kill Lenin, diminish his power, or just take advantage of the power vacuum. What was sure to Pravda was that there is dangerous whirlpool of Commissars in the council who were attempting to suck the power and authority out of the democratic institution and to become the new “Communist Tsar.” At the center of the whirlpool was the Commissar of the Navy, who claimed to be an “ally” of the traitor. He tried to justify this by mentioning the last will of testament of Lenin, the existence of which had never been confirmed. He also implied that he might take control of the navy altogether, without having to take orders from a Lenin-like commander-in-chief.

During the tough times, some pretty weird things happened in the Council. With notes, papers and directives flying around, rigorous debates filled with personal attacks, it seemed like the battle of the Revolution all over again. One delegate even shouted to the press that the death of Lenin should be covered up (consider the irony). There were also unsubstantiated rumors that the Commissars of Railway and Social Affairs were romantically involved; this is just one more problem for the Navy Commissar.

Amid the crisis, there were still reason for hope — the Communist spirit. Case in point: this would be the last time that Pravda used the dateline “PETROGRAD”, because the commissars decided to change the name of the city to Leningrad in honor of the late leader. What a noble gesture! Also worth noting, the commissars said with a single voice that they “will not lie to the people,” which reaffirmed the core of the communist movement. Nevertheless, with Austria being annexed by Germany, and the communist parties in China, France and Canada still in the buds, the Council has many other things to worry about. Komsomolskaya Pravda would like to say thank you to the hardworking commissars: stay hopeful, stay humble, stay vigilant, and beware of traitors.

Russia, 1917 the fight to create a lasting ideology

“Russia will prosper like a majestic eagle in the skies, ready to change this filthy, capitalistic world!”

The Council of the People’s Commissars, Russia 1917 is hard at work creating the perfect communist country on the third floor. While there is much work to be done, this council is fired up and ready to go. Flying around the table were various directives, all intended to rid Russia of any capitalistic influences or lingering rebellions and proceed towards Marx’s infamous ideology.

Among obstructions was the issue of the pesky White army – the name given to those who opposed the Bolshevik government. The Commissar of Justice reminded his fellow delegates that the proper solution should be to arrest leaders of the ‘Whites’ and put them on public trial. In coordinating with the Commissar of Labor, he proposed putting these arrestees in labor camps to make a clear example of the non-supporters.

It wasn’t just rebel groups this Council had to deal with, it was also the challenge of overcoming the power of the Church. Among solutions was the idea to confiscate all church land and hand it over for collectivization. The idea to promote a propaganda campaign encouraging citizens to leave the church was also proposed. The reason for this, emphasized one delegate, is that “we must not allow the vestiges of imperialism to invade our harmonious communist society.”

Of course the biggest challenge was the creation of a constitution, one that would reflect proper communist values and embolden its supporters. This, above all, was the most necessary step in creating a lasting ideological legacy. In this midst of this all, the unexpected happened: Vladimir Lenin died.

Yet, despite the devastating loss of one of communism’s most prominent figureheads, the Council was determined to go on. When asked about the future of their country, delegates clarified that communism is an ideology, not just a person, and that they would fight to uphold their deceased leader’s ideals together, in joint leadership.

In fact, Lenin’s death seems to have galvanized this Council, which informed reporters that they are soon to enter a constituent assembly to make a constitution.

However unfortunate the loss of their leader is, the Council of the People’s Commissars will continue to fight for their country’s future. Their dream is to “eliminate any opposition,” according to representative Stalin. And once this fully occurs in Russia, the Council will attempt to foster fellow communist allies. After all, it is as Marx said: “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.”





Within and Without (Russia 1917, Part II)

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PETROGRAD, Russia — We continue our coverage back in history on the Council of People’s Commissars, just after the October Revolution.

On the walls of the committee room were four pieces of paper, detailing military, agricultural, foreign and economic issues. The one titled “Foreign Policy Problems” was surprisingly blank! Did the delegates forget that there was a Great War going on? Enemies from both within and without must be dealt with properly or the new regime would not survive.

Take some advice from the old Tsarists — the double headed eagle. One head looking east, another looking west, always vigilant.

Stay tuned for our continuing coverage.

Russian Resurrection (Russia 1917, Part I)

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Komsomolskaya Pravda is tracing our roots!

Most of our readers know that we were the official newspaper of Komsomol, the youth Our investigative correspondents are going all the way back to 1917 to witness the Council of People’s Commissars and their socialist wonderland. The beginning years of the Soviet Union weren’t its best, but the hardworking delegates were putting the people’s dreams into action. In the cold and dim conference room, the delegates were battling the hardest economic, social and political conditions. However, there was a happy and sincere smile on everyone’s face.

“We are not motivated by greed or ego,” said one delegate proudly to Komsomolskaya Pravda, “Inflation is under control, and communism is spreading to the farthest corners of the earth.” The old Tsarist disaster was no more, and a new Russia — a people’s Russia — has come to life!

The delegates did have some concerns about the future of the young Socialist Republic. Issues like the balance of industry and agriculture and the effects of World War I were being discussed. Nevertheless, with the power of the people, their best days were still ahead.

Stay tuned for our continuing coverage as we travel through history!

Commissioners Involved: Possible Betrayal of the Pravda

Questions are beginning to arise in the Council of the People’s Commissars as a media source is currently under suspicion, as well as a few commissioners who may be involved. There have been accusations against the Pravda for betraying the communist government of Russia, as private information has possibly been released to the public which contradicts communist beliefs.

The Commissioner of Nationalities was suspended from voting under the contingency of potential involvement with the leak of information, and The Commissioner of Finance has been targeted for his potential connection with the source of this social and political upheaval as well.

Another commissioner was called to the attention of the council after some pressing information was revealed about connections that some members of the council may hold. A photograph had been sent anonymously to the Pravda that morning, depicting the commissioner posing quite amiably with a suspect being investigated by the council for ties to the betrayal of the Pravda. This friend of the commissioner is being scrutinized for possibly having been involved with a printing-press mishap that may have played a role in the paper’s duplicity.

More information is yet to come, as tensions are building in only the third committee session.

Welcome to HMUN 2017!

The Press Corps Staff welcomes you to HMUN 2017.