The First Crusade: Defense of the Holy Land

The year is 1095 CE. The Sultanate has shattered. After the murder of Sultan Malik-Shah I (may He rest in peace), usurpers sprang from every shadow, rending Great Seljuk into a thousand pieces. For three years now, the Seljuks have fought against one another--brother against brother, blood against blood--in an effort to reunite the Sultanate with itself at their head. But as they look inward, they must also consider the threats around them. To the south, the Fatimids eye the stolen holy city of Al-Quds. To the east, the age-long rivals of the Ghaznavids, made rich by plunder from northern India. And to the west, the Byzantines, weakened by the disaster at Manizkert, but eager to avenge themselves on the Turks. And if the stories of Frankish mercenaries quartered in Constantinople are true, they will seek that revenge sooner rather than later.

Can you carefully navigate these trying times, and in so doing ensure your name is remembered for generations to come? Or will you be just one more footnote in the annals of history?

Chair
maggie servais

Crisis Director
jake barber

 Maggie is a third-year student from Morristown, New Jersey majoring in Foreign Affairs and Spanish. At UVA, Maggie has served as both Vice Chair and Assistant Crisis Director for VAMUN, as well as Chair and Vice Chair for our collegiate conference, VICS. She is incredibly excited to chair a committee for VAMUN this year! Outside of IRO, Maggie is news editor of the student newspaper and member of the club running team. She loves getting into political debates and seeking solutions to modern policy problems as well as pretending those problems don’t exist by watching Game of Thrones. Maggie loves to listen to music, travel and spend time in Northern Michigan.

Maggie is a third-year student from Morristown, New Jersey majoring in Foreign Affairs and Spanish. At UVA, Maggie has served as both Vice Chair and Assistant Crisis Director for VAMUN, as well as Chair and Vice Chair for our collegiate conference, VICS. She is incredibly excited to chair a committee for VAMUN this year! Outside of IRO, Maggie is news editor of the student newspaper and member of the club running team. She loves getting into political debates and seeking solutions to modern policy problems as well as pretending those problems don’t exist by watching Game of Thrones. Maggie loves to listen to music, travel and spend time in Northern Michigan.

 Jake is a Fourth Year from South Riding, Virginia. In addition to his major in Foreign Affairs and his minor in German, he is a student in the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. After staffing for VICS XXII during his first semester at UVA, he went on the Assistant Crisis Direct during VAMUN XXXVII, and then became a Crisis Director for VICS XXIII. In his free time, he enjoys debating ethics, trying out new recipes, and wasting time on Reddit.

Jake is a Fourth Year from South Riding, Virginia. In addition to his major in Foreign Affairs and his minor in German, he is a student in the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. After staffing for VICS XXII during his first semester at UVA, he went on the Assistant Crisis Direct during VAMUN XXXVII, and then became a Crisis Director for VICS XXIII. In his free time, he enjoys debating ethics, trying out new recipes, and wasting time on Reddit.