One of the most dynamic committees found at SOMA is its Historical Crisis Committee, in which delegates take on the roles of the key decision-makers at a time of crisis in history. Using their knowledge of the historical facts and while staying true to their assigned characters, delegates must navigate the situation to a favorable resolution, all the while facing challenging new developments from SOMA’s Crisis Staff. Past crises have included the Falklands War, the War of the Triple Alliance and the Spanish Civil War.

SOMA XLIV is proud to present The Second Punic War as this year's Historical Crisis.

Second Punic War Background Guide
The Second Punic War (218 BC- 201 BC), also known as the Hannibalic War, was a war fought between Carthage and the Roman Republic. Both had started out as city states, and had grown through politics and military strength into two spheres of influence that covered the entirety of the Western Mediterranean. After the First Punic War, fought over the territory of Sicily, tensions were high between the two regional powers. War broke out when Hannibal, leader of Carthage, laid siege to Saguntum (an Iberian city-state now part of Spain), an ally of Rome. This siege, combined with Hannibal's further advances into the Roman sphere of influence, culminated in a war that spread across Italy, Spain, France and North Africa, and featured some of the bloodiest battles of Antiquity.