These Frequently Asked Questions will hopefully help you know how to go about joining and posting in the TSR MUN.
What goes on in the MUN?
In the MUN (Model United Nations) we debate and discuss international affairs and attempt to copy the structure and activities of the UN. All members represent a member nation or a UNorganisation by promoting its views and values in discussions and polls. Behaviour is governed by rules laid out in our MUN Charter.
Most posts made in the MUN are IC (see below) and do not necessarily represent the views of the person making the post.
How does the TSR MUN differ from the real UN?
The UN is made up of five administrative bodies; namely the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council and the Secretariat. The MUN only has a General Assembly and a Security Council, which reflects our size and simplicity. In the MUN most discussion takes place in the General Assembly including most of the resolutions. Resolutions concerning peacekeeping and international security are sent to the Security Council for further discussion and voting. P5 nations (UK, US, France, China, Russia) may apply the veto here. In the MUN Security Council we have two seats for non-permanent Security Council members. In the UN, the Security Council has ten temporary seats lasting two years. The UN has many other affiliated bodies connected to it such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). These bodies provide a forum for separate and specified discussion and action. In the MUN, we allow members to represent such a body as part of the activity which takes place in the General Assembly. In the UN such activity would take place separately to the functioning of the GA.
What do IC and OOC mean?
IC stands for 'in character'; OOC for 'out of character'. In any discussion that arises about how we structure and run the TSR MUN, members post OOC, voicing their own views rather than that of their nations. The MUN also has an off topic chat thread where members can talk about whatever they like OOC. For every other type of discussion in the MUN, members are required to remain IC. Failure to do so can see a member warned.
Who represents which country?
Here is a list of the countries and their representatives. Most representatives display the flag of their nation in their postbits, and state them in their signatures which can be seen attached to their first posts on any page. Many active members represent more than one nation. In the list of positions these are represented by a green name. New members can take over these nations just as they can take over non represented nations.
What do the UN Organisation representatives do? How is their role different to that of a nation?
The MUN is too small for us to create separate subforums for UN organisations (UNOs) like the United Nations Human Rights Council, or the World Health Organisation. Instead some members choose to represent an organisation instead of, or as well as, a country. These representatives advocate the views and objectives of their bodies by starting threads to bring specific issues to the attention of nations, and sometimes by contributing to debate where relevant. The representatives must remain politically neutral. They may not vote in substantive polls (polls that determine a political issue), but may vote in any procedural poll same as any other MUN member (procedural polls determine how we run the TSR MUN)
Where do I post? What are the different subforums for?
The MUN consists of its GA (main forum) where the every day discussing of international affairs, administrative issues and voting takes place. This is the forum in which you post any new resolutions or raise any discussions. When resolutions have been voted on by the GA, they are either passed onto the Security Council, (which has its own subforum here) or it gets moved to the Resolutions subforum which acts as an archive in which to store old resolutions for later reference. No further discussion takes place in this archive.
Where do I start?
Well first, we strongly urge you to read the MUN Charter before you make a start. The Charter governs how the MUN is run, and although long, it's a good place to start to get to know how things work - the format in which resolutions are written, how long polls may last, how long you wait before setting up a poll, and a few other things besides. Don't panic! We won't eat you if you make a mistake, but all the resources are there in the wiki in order to alleviate any potential confusion.
Next you need to apply to join. You do this via the usergroups page. Simply apply to join the MUN group and the SG will get in touch with you when they can. They will give you details of what to do next, but if you want you can look at the positions list and select your nation or UNO. You can select any country apart from the elected positions and any primary represented nation (The ones with a blue username next to them). Nations with a Red username next to them are Duel represented, meaning that nation is a persons secondary nation. You can select one of these in just the same way as you can select an empty slot.
As a new member you have the freedom to voice your nation's views in any discussion in the GA. You may also represent your nation's stance in any poll, and initiate new discussions. It is easy to find your nation's view; just put the name of the nation and the issue into Google. If you are battling to find your nation's stance, use your common sense and your broader experience of that nation's attitudes. Don't be too afraid of making a mistake, like you we are here to have fun.
If you ever get stuck, you can PM the Secretary General at anytime. Alternatively, the Deputy Secretary General, and the Security Council representatives are usually more than equipped to answer queries you may have. There are also many helpful people around in the MUN Chat thread.
How do I write a resolution?
It's not as hard as it sounds! Don't be afraid to make a mistake, give it a go.
A good tip is to have a look at the format of old resolutions in the MUN Resolutions wiki. Its important to choose a topic that would be realistic for your country to voice. It is also important to choose something that would be relevant to the entire international community, rather than just your own nation's government. Don't feel obligated to pass any resolutions if there are no relevant topics to hand. You can make just as much contribution by raising general points for discussion and participating on those raised by others. Once you have written your resolution, simply send it to the Secretary General.
There is good 'How to write a resolution' guide here for the correct format to write it in.