Any simulation centers on the concept of a status quo. Status quo is “the existing state of affairs” (Merriam-Webster (Links to an external site.)).
Status quos range from legal and political to social and economic. Legal and political status quos include the international laws and conventions, alliances and conflicts, the national constitutions, federal and state laws and regulations, judicial rulings, and the configuration of control of an international, national, or subnational government.
These legal and political status quos differ from social and economic status quos. Social status quos are what is perceived to be moral, ethical, and just. While economic status quos are country-to-country trade and investment agreements, private business models, business-to-business agreements, and business-to-consumer relationships.
At any given time, a status quo exists. There are entities who support keeping the status quo, while there are other entities who want to change the status quo. Assuming a two-dimension policy space, there are those who want to move the status quo to the â€œleftâ€, others who want to move the status quo to the â€œrightâ€, still others who want to move the status quo â€œupâ€, and yet others who want to move the status quo â€œdownâ€. A policy space is an abstraction used by political scientists to describe a more complex reality.
Stay mindful of the concept of status quo as you proceed through the simulation days.
Remember that the status quo is defined as the “current state of affairs”. The status quo can be abstractly placed on 1-dimension, 2-dimensions, or 3-dimension space, as depicted in the following three images. Note, in the explanation above, I referenced the idea of a 2-dimension space.
There are three benefits of using dimensions to explain the status quo.
In 5-sentences or more, select and explain a dimension. You can use the following questions to help explain your choice:
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