HOUSE OF MEDICI

BACKGROUND GUIDE

Topic Summary

The House of Medici was an Italian banking family that rose to prominence during the Renaissance. The family became a political dynasty and later on a royal house, all thanks to the Medici Bank. It was the largest bank in Europe during the 15th Century, allowing the family to gain political power in Florence, which lead to them gaining more and more power over time. Your mission is to expand the family’s wealth and power and lead them to global prominence.

Giancarlo Bracero

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Giancarlo Bracero and I am excited to be your Crisis Director this year. This committee takes place in Medieval Italy in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The rise of the Medici from a powerless family from the Tuscan countryside to the outrageously rich Dukes of Florence took hundreds of years. The family survived assassination attempts, wars and even economic depressions. Looking back, it is evident that the actions taken by the Medici, not only in banking and business but also in patronage of the arts, have changed the world. After staffing ILMUNC for three years, I could not ask for a better committee to direct to finish off my college career.

To give you some background information on myself, I am senior at at Penn majoring in Economics and Political Science. I was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Brazil and Mexico but part of my family comes from Italy, making this committee one of great interest to me.

The Medici family began to gain prominence in the first half of the 15th century, and throughout its decorated history has included three popes, a number of dukes and grand dukes of Florence, and two queen regents of France. Through their banking business, they were able to become, at one point, the richest family in all of Europe. We are expecting you to understand the successes of the Medici and help the family reach new levels of wealth and power. We cannot wait to see you all rewrite history.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any point between now and the conference if you have any questions or concerns. I cannot wait to be your Crisis Director and meet you all in person at ILMUNC!

Best,

Giancarlo Bracero

Crisis Director, House of Medici
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Elizabeth Peartree

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the House of Medici Crisis Committee at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Elizabeth Peartree, and I am so excited to be your chair for an incredible weekend. As chair, I will be working with Giancarlo Bracero, your Crisis Director, and Ellie Edwards, your Deputy Crisis Director, and the ILMUNC secretariat and staff, to provide you with a stimulating and exciting committee experience.

To introduce myself, I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in International Relations and minoring in English and French. I grew up in McLean, Virginia right outside of Washington, D.C., where I attended the Sidwell Friends School. I discovered my love for Model United Nations during my sophomore of high school, and over the years, I’ve had an incredibly rewarding and fun experience both competing in and planning conferences. I am currently a team member of Intercol, Penn’s competing Model United Nations team. Last year, I served as an Under Secretary General of General Assemblies for ILMUNC, and the year before that, I worked as an Assistant Secretary General for ECOSOC committees. I am really excited to join the crisis senior staff this year! I have chaired a Macbeth-based crisis committee at ILMUNC’s sister conference, the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC), as well as DISEC at ILMUNC China in Shanghai.

Outside of the International Affairs Association, I am one of the head editors of the Penn Sustainability Review magazine; I play the trombone in the Penn Wind Ensemble; and I am a Student Fellow at the Perry World House, a global policy research center on Penn’s campus. I also love to read, play sports, hang out with my friends, and to explore the Philly restaurant scene.

I actually attended ILMUNC as a delegate in high school, and the incredible experience I had there was one of the reasons why I applied Early Decision to Penn, and why I joined the ILMUNC Secretariat. I hope that, as chair, I can help give you the same experience that I was lucky enough to have. If you have any questions about Penn or about college in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! I am so excited about this committee because I have always been fascinated by the Medici family and their influence on the infamous Machiavelli’s political philosophy. I am also really excited to work with Giancarlo during his last ILMUNC conference. He is an incredible CD and a great person in general, and I know that he has some devious crises in store for you all. We can’t see how your ideas play out in committee and how you react to the crises! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your USG, Veer Sobti.

Always remember, the ends justify the means… The countdown to January begins.

Best,

Elizabeth Peartree

Chair, House of Medici
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference