Joint Crisis: War of the Roses – House of York (White Rose)
After a century of war with France in the 15th century, it is time for our country to recover. The Lancaster’s have unjustly imposed a mentally ill and unfit king, and we must retake the crown which is rightfully ours. The White Rose must prove its claim to the throne and not be afraid to use force when necessary. As we battle for control of the throne, it is important for us to consider governance issues including the financial and economic state of England as well as the opinions of our people and allies.
Topic A: House of York’s influence in England
Topic B: Power Struggle with the Lancaster’s
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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference! My name is Spencer Abrohms and I am very excited to be serving as your chair for the House of York as we battle for control of England, in the War of the Roses. Get ready for an action-packed weekend full of debate, discussion, and surprises!
I am originally from Newtown, Pennsylvania which is a suburb of Philadelphia. In high school I was a member of my school’s model UN team and absolutely loved my experience, so I know how exciting it is whether you are participating for the first time or the tenth. I am currently a junior at Hopkins double majoring in International Studies and Economics. I am interested in possibly going into international business or international development and I am fascinated with how nations interact and solve conflicts. Outside of JHUMUNC, I am involved with several other activities around campus including tour guides, the newspaper, mentoring, and Greek life. Additionally, in my free time I love to run, scuba dive, and play soccer.
My freshman year I was a dais for JCC Olympians and my sophomore year I was a chair for JCC France. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience with joint crisis committees and I love how fast paced and interactive they are. I had never participated in a crisis committee in high school and I loved my freshman dais experience so much that I joined the committee again the past two years. I love that in crisis committees the situation changes rapidly which forces you to think creatively and the interplay with the other room creates a very interesting dynamic.
As a joint crisis committee, we will be closely interacting with the House of Lancaster committee so it is important that delegates understand the complexities of house relations in England and how these complexities influence England’s power and financial state. Be sure to work to gain control of the throne and take advantage of the various skills and goals of your specific characters. If you have any questions about the committee or JHUMUNC itself, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with all of you.
Chair, House of York (The White Rose)
Johns Hopkins University 2019