Divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School
Competition Type: Individual, interactive game
We will be once again be playing the Great Trading Game at the Olympiad as an optional competition. The component files and the rules for the game in 2015 and in 2016 are attached below. For 2020, the Great Trading Game will be based on Caribbean trade and piracy routes. Further information will be provided here well in advance of the Olympiad so that participants can prepare accordingly.
Varsity: Gareth Thorlakson, Canada
Junior Varsity: Josh Rollin, California
Middle School: Chatanya Sarin, California
Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Gareth Thorlakson, Canada
Middle School: Jingxuan Lin, China
Varsity: Ben Koppel, Maryland
Junior Varsity: Jonathan Ralstin, Indiana
Middle School: Matthew Hasenwinkel, New York
Instruction Summary from 2016
The 2016 Great Pacific Trading Game transports players back to the Pacific Trading Lanes of the 19th Century. Trading among the United States and European powers, Britain, France and Germany is driven by two major economic activities. Whaling has become a major industry with whale oil used to light the cities of the West. The West is also eager to build trade with China and other Asian countries. European goods are not in high demand, so traders need products of high value in Asian markets. Western countries are in fierce competition for trade routes, colonies and Chinese products valued in the West. The Pacific Islands (Fiji, Hawaii, The Marshall Islands and Tahiti) play an important role in both industries. They provide labor and provisions for the whaling industry and products to be used in trade for Chinese tea, porcelain and silk. There are also profound changes in these societies based on their new economic opportunities and political and environmental threats.
This game oversimplifies history in many ways. The four Trading countries and four Island nations portrayed in the game are represented only as caricatures of their complex cultures and economies. Moreover, the timeline is condensed and the game focuses on the Chinese trade. Nevertheless, the game demonstrates the interdependence of the Western and emerging Island economies. It will give players a sense of the challenges facing both sets of countries. Players will deal with the twists and turns of history, while exercising and expanding their diplomatic, tactical and negotiating skills. Knowledge of Pacific history and a bit of luck will also play a role in determining the winner of The Great Pacific Trading Game.
Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2016.
Great Pacific Trading – Instructions
Great Pacific Trading – Scoring Sheet
Great Pacific Trading – Resources
Great Pacific Trading Hawaii
Great Pacific Trading Fiji
Great Pacific Trading USA
Great Pacific Trading Marshall Islands
Great Pacific Trading Britain
Great Pacific Trading Tahiti
Great Pacific Trading Germany
Great Pacific Trading France
Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2015.
- The Great Trading Game – Resources
- The Great Trading Game Canada
- The Great Trading Game China
- The Great Trading Game England
- The Great Trading Game Ghana
- The Great Trading Game Holland
- The Great Trading Game India
- The Great Trading Game – Instructions
- The Great Trading Game Jamaica
- The Great Trading Game Spain