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CRISIS COMMITTEE

Polish Partition

It is 1762, and for over a century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth has been in accelerating decline. Once stretching from the Black Sea to the Baltic, effectively marking the eastern edge of Europe and serving as a bulwark against the Mongol hordes and Turkic heathens, now Poland is much reduced from its former glory. Paralyzed by a parliament, the Sejm, which values freedom so greatly that it requires all legislation to be passed unanimously, and under assault from within and without by hungry foreign powers seeking land and treasure and emboldened ethnic and religious minorities who see an opportunity for independence, the Commonwealth's outlook is grim. Now, the Sejm is gathered once more to determine whether Europe's first and boldest liberal democratic experiment can yet endure, even against the host of jealous enemies which assail it, or whether it will be torn to pieces and devoured, fuel for the fires of imperialism being kindled across the continent. The senators, or szlachta, must confront a number of pressing issues: the Sejm's grossly inefficient parliamentary procedures, unrest among Cossacks and Turks living in the Commonwealth, the weakness of the military (enforced by treaty with Russia), widespread corruption among the nobility and the szlachta in particular, and, most of all, the encroachment of Russia, Prussia, and Austria on the Commonwealth's borders. The situation is perilous at best, and delegates will be hard-pressed to save Poland without falling into the many pitfalls along the way -- indeed, some may even be working directly against the Commonwealth's best interests with personal gain in mind. However, through creative, dynamic problem-solving and quick thinking, this Sejm may just be able to rescue Poland from an almost-certain fate.

Letter from your Crisis Director

 

 

Josh Zuchniarz

Director, Polish Partition

MICSUN V