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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 2018, a summary is provided here:

The 2018 Great Industrial Trading Game

The 2018 Great Industrial Trading Game transports players back to the Second Industrial Revolution (1870-1914). This was a period of rapid industrial advancement, ferocious competition for colonies and dramatic increases in international trade. Industrial powers like Great Britain and the United States are joined by a resurgent Germany and emerging power Japan in competition for trade routes, colonies and natural resources. Countries such as Brazil, China, India and The Congo are exploited for their natural resources and labor.

Players will represent these eight countries in negotiating trades to meet their raw material and manufactured product requirements in addition to improving their financial positions. A Singapore Sea Captain, a Swiss Banker and a French Foreign Legionnaire will intervene in unexpected ways to add drama to the game.

This game oversimplifies history in many ways. The four Industrial countries and four Resource nations portrayed in the game are represented only as caricatures of their complex cultures and economies. Nevertheless, the game demonstrates the interdependence of the Industrial and Resource 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 history and a bit of luck will also play a role in determining the winner of The Great Industrial Trading Game.

2016 Champions
Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Gareth Thorlakson, Canada
Middle School: Jingxuan Lin, China

2015 Champions
Varsity: Ben Koppel, Maryland
Junior Varsity: Jonathan Ralstin, Indiana
Middle School: Matthew Hasenwinkel, New York

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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.
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Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2016.

Great Pacific Trading – Instructions
Great Pacific Trading Р 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

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Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2015.

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