The year is 1095. Word from far-off Rome has reached us here in the Levant: after receiving a plea for aid from the Byzantine Emperor Alexious I Komnenos, Pope Urban II has called a Crusade. Its target, the Holy City of Jerusalem. God, he says, will grant remission of all sins to those who set out on this expedition, and those who die will be assured a place in the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven. Already, stories have reached us of a great host of Christian faithful marching east.

It falls to this council, filled with some of the most powerful men from the Fatimid Caliphate and the Seljuq Empire, to turn back these Christian invaders. Old enemies will have to put aside their differences to unite against this common foe, but they must also take care that, once this conflict is over, those same enemies have not gained the upper hand.

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.