What is a joint crisis note?
If you already know what crisis committees are, joint crisis notes (JCNs) are pretty easy to understand. If you don’t know what a crisis committee is, click here to learn more about the committee structure you use joint crisis notes in. A joint crisis note is, as its name suggests, used in a crisis committee. While typically a delegate would send personal notes, crisis notes, to complete actions through crisis and directives to complete actions through committee, JCNs serve as a medium point between these two choices. JCNs are notes to crisis authored by more than one delegate in the committee. They could also be, in the case of joint crisis committees (JCCs), notes authored between delegates on opposing sides of the room to take action through crisis while in different rooms. Read more about JCCs here. Usually, these two or more delegates are working together with their joint power to affect the room through crisis.
What are the benefits of a joint crisis note?
As previously stated, joint crisis notes are a way for multiple delegates to join their personal powers through crisis. One of the largest benefits of a JCN is that two or more delegates, if they write a solid note and work together effectively, can heavily influence debate. Anecdotally, I’ve found that crisis directors and crisis rooms really enjoy seeing JCNs. From what I’ve seen in committee, JCNs have a higher success rate as the crisis room likes to utilize them to help build the committee arc. This is not to say that you shouldn’t have your own, well-thought-out arc, but that demonstrating you can work effectively in different ways in-room and out-of-room is important for your success as a delegate.
For example, in one of the committees I was in at CIAC, I was in a JCC for the Peloponnesian War. I, as an Athenian delegate on one side, was able to contact a Spartan delegate on the other who held an important piece of land in the battle to eventually flip him to our side. Through JCNs, we were able to have this happen with negotiations through crisis. When he eventually joined our side, we gained an important ally in the battle. Although Athens ended up losing the war, I believe the JCNs I wrote with the other delegate helped us both stand out in committee to award.
What are the negatives of a joint crisis note?
Joint crisis notes are not without their risks. When you open yourself to working with others through crisis, you are also allowing your position to become vulnerable to them through crisis. You are also allowing for yourself to be potentially exposed by your bloc writing the JCN if the note is nefarious. If a delegate you worked with decides to play your actions against you in the future, you could find yourself facing restrictions, trials, and death penalties in your committee.
For example, in Episode #9 of our podcast (listen to it here) we talk to a delegate, Stephen, who used a JCN work with a delegate that he wanted to assassinate to further his own arc. Through a JCN, he ensured that the delegate would be invited over his house for dinner, where he kidnapped them through his own personal crisis notes. The delegate was later fed to the tigers at the zoo Stephen owned, but you can hear more about that by listening. The delegate fell prey to lowering their own guard with their JCN partner and that was their own downfall.
Joint crisis notes, in my opinion, are a very powerful tool in displaying your abilities as a delegate, as a negotiator, and as a creative thinker. A successful joint crisis note can prove that you can work well in all levels of debate and crisis. However, delegates need to be aware of the potential for a JCN to be exposed by their allies. When writing a JCN, keep your guard up, don’t give too much away about your own arc, and work with those in committee who have been proven trustworthy. JCNs are the time to demonstrate your abilities to covertly collaborate with others in the room and if you can succeed, you can pull off some seriously impressive moves.