The General Assembly of the 1870 constitutional convention on the German confederation
The year is 1870. Germany stands on the precipice of unity — an event that would shift the European balance of power in ways that have not been seen since Napoleon. France has suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the Prussian-led coalition in a war that took less than six months to prosecute. But the foreign policy responsibilities of this new state forged in iron and blood are but secondary to the far more complex task: getting the German states to actually unite. Prussia, the obvious leader of the coalition and ruled by the iron fist of Chancellor von Bismarck, presents a strong front but struggles with internal intellectual and ideological division. Bavaria and Saxony, its two largest competitors for leadership in this new unified Deutschland, have their own issues with religious diversity. Smaller polities like Württemberg, Hesse, and Baden hunger for greater representation within a future government, having been treated as the battleground of Europe for centuries with no recourse. And the trade cities of Hamburg and Bremen demand special protections to maintain their status as key North Sea ports, much to the chagrin of their peers. 53 delegates meet in the Palace of Versailles, in occupied Paris, to determine the future course of this new state, and thus of Europe. To write a Constitution for the German Empire.
Nicholas is a second-year student at FSU hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, studying International Affairs, History, and Public Administration. When he isn't busy preparing for the next Model UN tryout or powering through an essay he waited a little too long to begin, Nick enjoys writing music and playing the piano. He has watched every Mike Myers movie ever made and is currently working on his ever-unfinished novel. He is incredibly excited to chair this General Assembly committee at RTC and is looking forward to meeting the delegates!
Lucy Walsh is a senior at FSU earning dual degrees in International Affairs and Political Science, with minors in both Social Work and Arabic. Born in Ireland, Lucy has a passion for human rights and the environment. She is the Vice Director of the World Affairs Program, has served on the Student Senate, and is Secretary of the College of Social Sciences Student Leadership Council. When she isn't doing MUN, Lucy can be found chasing down dogs to pet or scouring the internet in search of the best bamboo toothbrush. Lucy is very excited to be working alongside her program mentee, Nick, in order to make his dream committee a success!