The Roman Senate, 49 BC

Topic Area Summary:

This committee, The Roman Senate, will take place around the year 49 BC. The year of the Roman Civil War fought between two political giants of the time, Gnaeug Pompey and Julius Caesar. Caesar is at the banks of the Rubicon while the Roman Senate debates with Pompey at its head. However regardless of the outcome of what promises to be a short conflict the Roman republic (what's left of it) has to deal with several issues at this time. The aim of the senate therefore would be to restore order in the republic, and most importantly to ensure that Acme remains a republic. Assuming the senate could return to the old ways, elect consuls and abide by the constitution, the city is still divided in a power struggle between two influential crime lords, Clodia and Milo who take their bitter conflict to the streets of Rome. Amongst all the conflict the question of constitutional reforms still remains. The citizens of Rome struggle due to the outdated constitution and are in dire need of a new political system and land reforms to rid them of their poverty and suffering. The Roman Senate must end all corruption and conflict to be successful in establishing a new and stable Roman Republic.

Letter from the Director

Dear Delegates,

My name is Krish Munim and I will be serving as the Director of the Roman Senate, for the 21st session of Cathedral Model United Nations.

I have been an avid MUNer right from the eighth grade and hope to end my career with an enthralling three days as director this year. For my last CMUN therefore, I decided to explore an unconventional committee for a Model UN, the Roman Senate. As a student of History, the Roman Senate, the most bloody political arena in the ancient world has always fascinated me and has, in my opinion, a lot to teach modern politicians. The committee, while having a substantial amount of debate, promises to keep delegates on their toes with innumerable amounts of conflict raging across the republic. The only piece of advice I can offer — “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…” Finally when it comes down to the awards, whether it is to be, or not to be, I can assure you the experience itself should suffice.

On more of a personal note, here are some ways in which you can grab my attention — I am a huge fan of Star Wars, Michael Jackson, T.S Elliot and George R.R. Martin, anyone of these is suitable topic of conversation, and last but not the least I love memes (there will be a contest). To conclude, I have high expectations from this committee, and I can assure you that this year's session promises to be the best one yet. If you have any questions or concerns about this committee or topic, please feel free to contact us at rome.cmun2017@gmail.com

Thank You,

Krish Munim,
Director of the Roman Senate,
Cathedral Model United Nations 2017.