Open to students in all age divisions.
The International History Olympiad has featured a competitive Historical Simulation since its inaugural event in 2015. One simulation this year will feature the campaigns of Alexander the Great. Students will each be a general or adviser to Alexander and direct the strategy of his campaigns.
For the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions, this event will last 5 hours. During a break in the middle, students will be reseeded into different groups based on their performance during the first session.
For the Middle School and Elementary Divisions, there will be two separate medal events. One will be based on the life of Alexander up until his death at age 32; the other imagines a world in which Alexander survived to campaign further. Students will be able to compete in one or the other, but not both. After the first 70 minutes, students will be reseeded and matched into a different group for the final 70 minutes based on their performance during the first session.
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.