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. 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.

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 from the Global South (i.e. from one or more of the countries in the inserted map on this page). 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; further details will be announced by August 2021 on which event(s) specifically will be covered.

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.