Country Assignment Policy

Northwest Model United Nations seeks to balance the interest of schools in securing the country assignments they have requested and the interests of the educational quality of the conference and other schools who may not have registered yet. To this end, NWMUN has developed guidelines that are used in determining countries for assignment to registering schools. These are not inflexible rules, and often two or more may be in conflict; additionally, special circumstances may dictate taking actions that contradict one or more of the guidelines. However, all of the items listed below are considered by the registration team in assigning countries and are thus publicized here for head delegates and faculty advisers to consider when they make their requests. Other factors not listed here may also be used in determining the country assignments, and as always, the final decisions on country assignments are made by the Secretary-General in partnership with the parent organization of NWMUN, the Northwest Association for Global Affairs.

If you are interested in viewing our policy for delegations to use, once they have been assigned countries by NWMUN, when they assign each individual spot to individual members of their delegation, please view our Delegate Assignment Policy.

1) Schools will not be assigned more than one permanent member of the Security Council. No delegation will be assigned a permanent member of the Security Council if they have had a permanent member in the two immediately preceding years of NWMUN-HS.

2) NWMUN will strive to ensure that delegates from a given school are evenly distributed throughout the regions represented in their assigned countries.

3) No two countries in historical, current, or potential conflict will be assigned to the same school. Neighboring countries without significant history or potential of conflict are unlikely to be assigned to the same school. Countries with a relationship in which one dominates or is perceived to dominate the other's foreign policy on an issue under consideration will not be assigned to the same school. Finally, regional players in the same region will not be assigned to the same school.

4) NWMUN will endeavor not to assign the same countries to a school in consecutive years, especially in the context of permanent Council members. Additionally, the experience of the conference with a given school in previous years will be used to determine the assignment of countries which must be filled for the committees they are assigned in to run properly; in this context, a school's previous disruptive conduct or early departure will affect their likelihood of being assigned permanent Security Council members in subsequent years (for example).

5) NWMUN will strive to ensure that delegations who registered for Washington State Model United Nations (WASMUN) 2020 or Oregon Model United Nations (OMUN) 2020, prior to the two conferences being cancelled, are able to register for some (though likely not all) of the same countries they would have represented at those conferences for NWMUN-HS 2020.
(Please note that #5 above is a one-time addition to our country assignment policy for NWMUN-HS 2020, as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.)