The Second Space Race: 2025

All committees will be Single Delegate committees.

The Wilson Global Systems Simulation - WGSS - is one of the premier crisis simulations in the country. Operating as a four-way, interconnected simulation, WGSS provides delegates an opportunity to experience the true, ever-changing nature of international relations. Every action - from a single crisis note to a committee-wide directive - has an inevitable impact on not only the committee's simulation, but on the whole of WGSS. Interactions between states and non-governmental actors do not exist simply between two parties, but between parties with vested interest in the topic, various peoples of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and the collective international community in our globalized world. This ripple effect is what WGSS seeks to emulate; no committee can exist in a true vacuum. In the past, WGSS simulations have taken place in a specific region of the world - focusing on ethnic and religious conflicts, historical wars, and contemporary struggles for international power. This year, for the 7th iteration of WGSS, delegates must look to the skies and to the future as humanity sets it sight on Mars.

In May of 2019, NASA announced its plans to return to the Moon for good, and its plans to get to Mars by 2025. Over the course of the year following, China, the European Union, and Russia - each seeing an opportunity to challenge the other - announced their own Mars programs.

The date is January 1st, 2025. The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA), European Space Agency (ESA), Roscosmos, and the newly-formed United States Space Coalition (USSC) are making their final preparations to launch missions to Mars. Delegates in WGSS this year will be tasked with finalizing their space program's plans, maintaining public support and government funding sources, cooperating (or not) with other space programs, launching and guiding their astronauts (averting mission crises along the way), and successfully landing the first human on Mars.

More information regarding events between 2019 and 2025, as well as committee-specific background and timelines, will be released in the background guides.