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

The Utrecht Crisis Model United Nations takes place 28 and 29 May in Culembourg.

Join us for the eight edition of a weekend filled with arguing diplomacy, backstabbing negotiations, and chaos fun! This crisis simulation will revolve around the Wars of Diadochi, who among Alexander the Great's Successors will rule his empire.

Will you fight for the rightfull ruler or perhaps you have ambitions of your own?

This event is organized by SIB-Utrecht. Get more information here. Convinced? Sign up here. Only €10 for an unforgettable weekend.

Note: This will be a physical event and attendance will be required. Lunch will be included with the event. Night stay is not included.


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 by SIB-Utrecht's 2022 SimulaTee members Madio, Rogier, Carlo, Anouk and Raymon.


The event will take place 28 and 29 May. Start time is Saturday morning, and on Saturday and Sunday it will continue in the morning and afternoon. The event will take place in person at the Beatrix elementary school in Culembourg.

Costs are €10,00 at most. This includes lunch for those present on location.

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 encouraged.

Please e-mail simulatee@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.

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?

Somewhat. We strive for historical accuracy where possible. However, starting in 322 BC the fate of the Macedonian empire 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 you will an officer of a general related to the War of Diadochi. Your role will be assigned to you, though it always possible to state your preference for a general. See Generals for the options.

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 of their general's territory. We 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 general you are assigned, but this is for your benefit so you know what you’re supposed to achieve over the weekend. This isn't necessarry, but will aid you in twisting the path of history in your advantage.

Why isn’t my question on here?

Oops, sorry! Feel free to e-mail us at simulatee@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.


During the event you will initially be assigned to a historical character in Macedonia in 322 BC. You can provide your general preference in the sign up form. The options are as follows:

Ptolemy I Soter

Ptolemy I Soter was one of Alexander's most trusted companions and military officers. Ptolemy served with Alexander from his first campaigns, and was among the seven somatophylakes (bodyguards) of Alexander. He played a principal part in the later campaigns in Afghanistan and India. He participated in the Battle of Issus, commanding troops on the left wing under the authority of Parmenion. Later he accompanied Alexander during his journey to the Oracle in the Siwa Oasis where he was proclaimed a son of Zeus. Ptolemy had his first independent command during the campaign against the rebel Bessus whom his own guards captured and handed over to Ptolemy, who then handed him over to Alexander for execution.

Seleucus I Nicator

Seleucus I Nicator was a Macedonian Greek general, one of the officers of Alexander the Great. Seleucus is the son of general Antiochos who served Alexander’s father Philipp II and was trained from a young age as a king's page to become a officer in the Macedonian king's army. Seleucus married his wife Sodgia as an arranged marriage with the Persians together with several other Macedonians.

Antigonus I Monophthalmus

Antigonus I Monophthalmus was a Macedona and Greek nobleman who served under Philipp II. After the death of Philipp II he served his son Alexander till his death. With no good successor in sight, his task is upon you now to bind together the faiths and cultures of Anatolia. Born in Macedon, you are the oldest of the Diadochi. Being on campaign for years has made you an exceptional strategist and combat leader. Anatolia lies in the heart of Alexander’s former empire. Enemies lurk at every corner, so keep your eye peeled.

Cassander son of Antipater

Cassander was taught in his youth by Aristotle and was later educated alongside Alexander in the court in Babylon. He was originally sent by his father, Antipater. Due to his close relationship with Alexander he ruled a large part of the Macedonian empire, some even thought he was king due to the amount of power that he possesed. This caused a rift between him and Alexander and over time the two would get into conflict several times with eachother untill Alexander's death.