Article 27: The United Nations Security Council Game

Article 27: The UN Security Council Game takes its title – yes, you guessed it – Article 27 of the UN Charter, which includes both provisions:

1. Each member of the Security Council shall have one vote.
2. Decisions of the Security Council on procedural matters shall be taken by an affirmative vote of nine members.

In this game of negotiation, each player is a member of the Security Council of the United Nations and will be both present and presented several proposals.

In each round, a player acts as Secretary-General of the United Nations, submit a proposal to the Council and chair a negotiating period of not more than five minutes. The proposal will cover five themes – military, currencies, etc. – in different ways, and each player has a secret document for the turn that tells how a change in each issue pertains to him. All players openly negotiate what they need in terms of points and hidden commissions in order to vote for this proposal.

After more than five minutes, the Secretary General closes the negotiations by beating wooden mallet, so the players vote yes or no on the proposal. Each “no” kill the proposal, as in the current Security Council of the United Nations – but vetoed a proposal costs player points, so he might prefer to try offers that will allow him to say “yes”. The Secretary-General has gotten a bonus when your proposal is withheld, so that he and others who may be willing to negotiate to make the proposal sweet for everyone.

After each player served as general secretary once (twice in a three-player game), each player marks based on bribes in hand, points marked by the cards offered, and how much the paper met a good Player “hidden agenda received at the beginning of the game.