“Don’t invade Russia in the winter.” 

Referring to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion and Hitler’s 1941 invasion, this statement is one of the most common myths in modern military history. In the wake of the barbaric French Revolution which overthrew the long-lasting Bourbon dynasty, the Little Giant, standing at a modest 5’ 6’’, rose to power and was on a mission to conquer the entirety of Europe. He quickly amassed an army and sought to exact revenge on European powers which had taken advantage of the weak, pre-revolution France. The seemingly unstoppable force of the La Grande Armée was the greatest army in the world at the time - or so was thought. Tsar Alexander I, successor of Paul I in the Romanov Dynasty, attempted to prevent a possibly fatal invasion by Napoleon through several treaties, including the Tilsit treaty. As tensions rose and Napoleon violated the Tilsit treaty by annexing the Duchy Oldenburg, Napoleon made the fatal decision on June 24, 1812 to cross the Nieman River - triggering the war between the Russian and French empires. Facing the growing shadow of the Little Giant, Tsar Alexander I must defend his Empire at all costs. No sacrifice is too great for the honorable Tsar to make, as the survival of the Tsar himself, his family, and their empire is at stake.

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Chair
Ryan Ritzo

Crisis Director
Matthew Slagley

Ryan Ritzo is a second year Engineering student from Woodbridge, Virginia studying Computer Science. Ryan has been doing Model UN for five years now starting from his Freshman year in highschool. While Ryan is not participating in IRO, he is participating in his game development group, hanging out with his friends or just watching anime.

Ryan Ritzo is a second year Engineering student from Woodbridge, Virginia studying Computer Science. Ryan has been doing Model UN for five years now starting from his Freshman year in highschool. While Ryan is not participating in IRO, he is participating in his game development group, hanging out with his friends or just watching anime.

Matthew Slagley is a second year from Richmond, Virginia studying in Foreign Affairs in Philosophy. Matthew has been doing Model UN since Sophomore year of high school, and Model Congress for even longer. Although this is his first time as crisis director, he is extremely excited he gets to do it on not one, but two, of his favorite topics - Russian history and Napoleon. While not debating politics or reading about military history, he can be found playing bass guitar, listening to punk rock, watching eSports, or going to concerts.

Matthew Slagley is a second year from Richmond, Virginia studying in Foreign Affairs in Philosophy. Matthew has been doing Model UN since Sophomore year of high school, and Model Congress for even longer. Although this is his first time as crisis director, he is extremely excited he gets to do it on not one, but two, of his favorite topics - Russian history and Napoleon. While not debating politics or reading about military history, he can be found playing bass guitar, listening to punk rock, watching eSports, or going to concerts.