Yama-Ichi War, 1985
Chair: Avery League
CM: John Erath
“The Way of Chivalry? That has nothing to do with me. I’m just a low-down killer.”
Scene: the dim streets of Kobe, Japan, 1985. On a quiet night in a dark neighborhood, a cry rings out. The next morning, police find a man slashed through his intricate tattoos and a bloody wakizashi next to his body. This is the Yama-Ichi War.
In 1985, a large faction of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest Yakuza syndicate, broke off and formed the Ichiwa-kai after a dispute in which a prominent member was passed over for a leadership role. The resulting war left hundreds of mobsters dead and chaos throughout Japan. That chaos will be the center of this committee. Delegates from the two gangs have been called together to a conference in Tokyo by the neutral Inagawa-kai in hopes of a peaceful resolution. Their goal? To end the conflict, bring stability to the Japanese criminal underworld, and uphold their credibility as Japan moves into the modern age. However, as individual delegates seek to expand their own powers and enrich themselves, peace will be far from easy to achieve.
About the Chair: Avery League is a member of the Class of 2020 in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a Biotechnology and Global Health concentration and a French minor. Avery grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and is still learning to cope with the concept of snow. At Georgetown, Avery has served as Executive Director of NCSC XLVI and spent time on Georgetown’s Model UN travel team. She has also served as a Chair for NCSC’s sister conference, NAIMUN. Outside of MUN, Avery chooses to actively ignore her lack of physical coordination as a member of Club Rock Climbing. Her chosen forms of procrastination are dramatic movies and musicals, and she is a shameless Nutella addict.
About the Crisis Manager: John Erath is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics/Security Studies and minoring in Australia and New Zealand Studies. John has 8 years of Model UN experience, serves as a delegate with Georgetown's travel team, and has served as a Crisis Manager, Secretariat member, and staffer at 4 NCSCs and 4 NAIMUNs, as well as a stint on GIRA's board. Outside of MUN, John works in defense policy and is a member of several clubs on campus. This will be his fifth and final NCSC, and John is excited to welcome delegates to what is sure to be his wildest committee yet!