How do conflicts evolve? What are the causes of conflict? Why do they escalate, and what can be done to contain or even solve them? In the action-centred simulation game "Crisis in Fontania" participants take on the roles of actors in the fictitious country of Fontania as well as surrounding states. Relations between the two ethnic groups within Fontania have been tense for a long time because of conflicts over the distribution of power and resources and some legacies from the countries' troubled past. The conflict has been fuelled by the recent discovery of huge oil reserves in the South of the country, predominantly inhabited by the minority group of Amalians. While global oil companies are eager to exploit the new fields, international observers warn that the tense situation in Fontania might escalate.
The game will help participants understand the dynamics and the complexity of national and international conflicts as well as possible approaches to their resolution in the real world. The simulation game will be followed by a debriefing session in which we will map the turning points, the key actors as well as processes in the game and try to derive possible lessons learned for conflict management in the real world.
About the instructors
Simon Raiser and Björn Warkalla both hold a degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005, they founded the company planpolitik. As directors of the company they develop and facilitate roughly 100 workshops and seminars per year. Together they have more than 15 years of experience in developing and organising political simulation games in academic and non-academic contexts. Since 2001, they also regularly work as visiting lecturers at several universities in Germany and abroad.
Since its founding in 2005, the team of planpolitik has specialized in the conception and realization of interactive event formats on political, economic and social issues. In this context planpolitik uses activating and creative methods, such as simulation games, idea labs and future/creative workshops, and the development of scenarios or campaigns. In addition, planpolitik implements methodical trainings as well as skills trainings. Since 2005, the team of planpolitik realized more than 1,000 events on various topics with more than 30,000 participants worldwide. The list of partners comprises governmental bodies, such as the German foreign ministry, universities all over Europe, foundations, NGOs, as well as companies. Moreover, in 2013 planpolitik has started developing an online simulation game platform.