Welcome to UCMUN, the Netherlands’ biggest (historical) crisis simulation

The Utrecht Crisis Model United Nations takes place May 31st - June 2rd in everyone’s favourite city, Utrecht.

Join us for the sixth edition of a weekend filled with arguing diplomacy, backstabbing negotiations, and stress fun! This crisis simulation will revolve around the smallest guy with the biggest achievements and failures: Napoleon! His conquests, rivalries and the wars surrounding his rule will be the main theme of this simulation.

Take on the role of a real historical figure from the 1800s and conquer all of Europe! Get more information here. Convinced? Sign up here. Sign up before april 15th to benefit from the early bird discount. €10 for the best weekend of your life.

Would you like to know more about the people that will be controlling your fate during the first weekend of June? Look no more, we’ve got you covered.

UCMUN is a yearly event organised by a subcommittee of SIB-Utrecht, the Dutch United Nations Students Association. SIB-Utrecht is a students association open for all students who are looking to make new friends and learn more about the world. For more information, please visit SIB's website.

This year’s edition is brought to you by:

YOU! Join us for this weekend and become a part of this great event. But also:

Nian - Chair

Nian was a commission member last year and now she will take on the role of chair, because she loved it so much last year. Similar to the piece of furniture, she tries to support all members of the commission in their task, but unlike it, she sometimes has a contribution of her own (and doesn’t appreciate it when people try to sit on her).

Vivian – Treasurer

Vivian is the master of the money, but is also known to step up when locations need to be arranged (spoiler alert: she is really good at it). As a student at university college, she has a broad range of knowledge, exactly what is needed to help organize this weekend for you perfectly.

Merel - Promotions Officer

GMerel has the job to make you all aware this amazing event exist and that you want to participate in it (which of course you know immediately upon hearing of it). That you’re reading this probably means that she has been successful. Her board year last year should have made her eager to instead of handeling crises, orchestrate one for a change.

Stefan – Jack of all trades

When Stefan says something in the lines of ‘did you know that...’, there is about a 50% change that it actually has to do something with what you were discussing. Needless to say that this is the origin of countless brilliant and slightly insane ideas for the UCMUN (what kind of ideas? You’ll find out in the weekend). To help execute some of these ideas even better, he’s also busy writing a new tool.

Rick – Jack of all trades )

Rick does not only use his analytical skills in the lab at his bachelor chemistry, he also uses them during meetings to bring sharp ideas and comments to the table during our meetings. Well read in to the subject, he’s probably your best shot if you want to know what your character was eating for lunch on may 27th of 1800 (but no promises).


Crisis MUN, May 31st - June 2rd, On the International Campus in Utrecht. Start time is Friday evening, so those with jobs are encouraged to join. Cost is €15,00 for non-members, and €10,00 for SIB-members if they sign up before April 15, otherwise it will be €12,50. This includes lunch during the weekend days. There will be an instructional evening for participants. You can sign up online or during a visit to a SIB-Utrecht activity. Appropriate clothing for the time period or formal attire is preferred, as they did not wear ripped jeans in 1800.

Please e-mail simulacie@sib-utrecht.nl for any questions not found below.

What is a Crisis MUN?

MUN stands for Model United Nations. A MUN conference is in English, so as to create an international atmosphere and be accessible to everyone. Most MUNs have a (historical) crisis committee where cabinet members or delegates have to deal with an ongoing situation that rapidly changes. The main differences with a regular MUN committee is the speed at which you are expected to make decisions, as well as the adversarial element. UCMUN is one large crisis, where several cabinets deal with a large geopolitical situation that requires constant action. This edition, the crisis is the ever growing power of Napoleon.

Do I need any prior experience?

No, we will provide all the information you need to successfully participate in your first MUN. As it is a completely different setting, we will also not be adhering to the formal MUN rules. If you are experienced, we will provide you with a more challenging role. We have something for all levels and all wishes.

How historically accurate will this be?

Very. We strive for historical accuracy where possible. However, starting in 1800 the fate of Europe is in your hands, so any deviation from history is not only possible but even likely. The results of your decisions will be decided by an algorithm so if you play it smart, everyone has an equal chance at winning.

What role am I taking on?

Contrary to standard MUNs, you will not be a delegate of a country to the UN. Instead, only countries related to the Napoleonic Wars will be represented. Your role will be assigned to you, though it always possible to state your preference for a country.

How much knowledge am I supposed to have?

No specific knowledge is required. We will provide each participant with a booklet with background information on the geopolitical situation as well as the current situation in their country. We strongly encourage everyone to do more research on their own, as information is power and might always come in handy.

We do require you to do a small background check on the character you are assigned, but this is for your benefit so you know what you’re supposed to achieve over the weekend.

Why isn’t my question on here?

Oops, sorry! Feel free to e-mail us at simulacie@sib-utrecht.nl. Please make sure your question isn’t answered on the website before sending us a message, considering the large volume of e-mails we receive on a daily basis.