The year is 1740 and two of Europe's most influential rulers have died, leaving their children to ascend to their wake; King Frederick the Great of Prussia and Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria. With the valuable Silesian front almost entirely unguarded, Frederick the Great, and his army of over 27,000 soldiers, has taken the opportunity to act upon his family's centuries-long claim to the Silesian region and take it from right under Maria Theresa's nose. That is, unless, Maria Theresa and her array of generals and noblemen can stop them first.
Ryn is a first generation college student and a pre-law junior studying Political Science. Her hometown is a small farming town called Heeze, located in the Netherlands. She has been a member of the Model United Nations team at FIU since February of 2022; during her time, Ryn has attended one conference (MUNE) and was a co-chair for a committee at her first FIMUN conference (FIMUN 34). Her favorite food is sashimi and she loves ice hockey (go Tampa Bay Lightning!). As the director of the “One of Many: The Great Silesian War, 1740” crisis committee, Ryn chose the first of three Silesian wars because it is a topic she has been studying extensively since her junior year of high school in her AP European History class. Ryn thinks it is fascinating that two ideologically opposing, major military powers were able to create such a shift in Europe throughout the 18th century, fueled by the philosophical and societal transition of the Enlightenment Period.