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Mid-East Peace Session, April 5, 2003.

With the state of current affairs that way it is, and a gaming group who loves to discuss global politics, this seemed like the perfect vehicle for us to vent our bellicose tendencies. We decided to give it a go at the end of a long night of gaming since the rules allow for an early
end by majority vote for a U.N. "Cease Fire" resolution. Also, most of us were curious to see if the game would mimic real history in any sense. The addition of certain "chrome" rules like OPEC meetings, Negotiations, United Nations voting, Oil Drilling, and Superpower Alliances also provided a distinct flavor.

The five of us, in order, played the following nations: Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Things got off with a bang on the first round with an invasion and annexation of Syria by Turkey. Israel also followed suit with an invasion and annexation of its neighbor Jordan. Iraq, sensing weakness in the Turkish Armed Forces, and with a strong supply of oil and men,
successfully invaded and conquered the Turkish Homeland. Turkey was now just a refugee army in Jordan. Saudi Arabia then took advantage of the situation to annex Kuwait. In addition, the Saudis won an oil drilling bid to drill for more oil in its homeland, increasing its oil supply
significantly. Lasty, Egypt moved its forces into the Sinai, and made motions to invade Libya.

On the next round, an OPEC meeting concluded that no oil would be moved to the oil supply from the oil reserve, thus potentially speeding up the game. Turkey, during its turn, proposed a UN resolution to oust Iraq from its homeland, but could not muster enough votes from the members to do so. Israel won its bid to purchase more armed forces during the Arms Auction phase. Iraq, sensing a threat from Saudi Arabia, decided to align itself with a superpower, which was none other than the U.S.! This meant that Iraq could ask for US intervention should its country be invaded. The Saudis, during their turn, were content to just produce more oil. Egypt moved several forces into the Red Sea, securing its own oil supply export route against the Saudis or Israel.

The Third Round saw several ridiculous UN resolutions being proposed, with all of them being voted down. (I wont go into them here, its just not worth the time. Suffice to say they were pretty silly.) The only successfull resolution was an Israeli proposal to move th U.N. Peacekeeping force to Libya. This was no doubt done to limit Egyptian expansion. Egypt then responded by aligning itself with the Soviet Union. In addition, this round saw each nation
preparing itself for the big battle by purchasing more and more armed forces. It seemed almost a foregone conclusion that the Saudis would invade Iraq, and that Egypt and Israel would soon come to blows.

So what happens? PEACE breaks out! A U.N. resolution for a "Cease Fire" is passed and the game ends with Peace. (no doubt because it was getting late) Since the game ended on Peace, the nation with the most oil and the fewest armies scores the highest. In this case, Saudi Arabia had the most oil (22) and 6 armies for a total score of 16. Turkey, a nation without a homeland, scored second with 1 point. All the other countries, because of their rush to build armies, suffered the lowest scores. Total game time: 1 hour.

The final scores were:

Saudi Arabia 16
Turkey 1
Israel -2
Egypt -2
Iraq -4
 
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