Open only to Simulation Track students in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions
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. 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!
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.