The International History Olympiad has featured a competitive Historical Simulation since its inaugural event in 2015. For the 2022 International History Olympiad, IAC will be expanding on its tradition of this event by adding the Historical Simulation Track. This represents a separate way to qualify for the Olympiad, and a separate way to compete at the Olympiad. The Historical Simulation Track is only open to Varsity and Junior Varsity students who have either won any award at any prior historical simulation (e.g. at a prior Olympiad, or in such a committee at a Model UN conference, etc.) OR students have won any award aside from the Best Novice Award or Best Position Paper Award in any other simulation exercise (at a Model UN, Model US Congress, Model EU, etc.)

Students who compete in the Historical Simulation Track are required to compete in all five simulations. Students who are not in the Historical Simulation Track may only compete in the Alexander the Great Scenario, and that is not open to any Elementary Division student either. The highlight of the Historical Simulation Track will no doubt be the unique opportunity to simulate the 1943 Quebec Conference inside the Château Frontenac; the historic hotel in Quebec City where the actual Quebec Conference was held!

Two Simulation topics (the campaigns of Alexander the Great, and the Quebec Conference: 1943) are confirmed; the other three will be determined by early 2022. At least one of these will definitely feature a non-Western historical theme. One of the three will be a Historical Crisis scenario, for which the topic will not be revealed until the Simulation begins. The other topic will relate to the history of Canada in some capacity.

In the Historical Simulations, students are given a character or role to represent. They are to some extent beholden to how such a character could have realistically acted, but negotiation skills are even more important. The narrative arc of the Historical Simulations need not follow the actual historical sequence of events. Rather, the conditions that presented themselves at the outset of each Simulation will begin with the conditions that existed at that point in history, but from there, the decisions of the students and the way that Simulation staff guide each Simulation along will determine how things progress.

Note that for the Alexander the Great Simulation in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions, students will be divided into the Historical Simulation Track students, and all other students attending the Olympiad in that age division. Both groups will compete separately in the morning. After lunch, the top students (projected to be roughly the top half in the Historical Simulation Track, and roughly the top 10% in the standard track) will compete together in a combined final (for which it will not matter what a student’s role was in the morning session). Only one set of medals will be awarded (i.e. there will not be separate medal sets for the Simulation Track and the standard track).