As President Ferdinand Marcos nears his 20th year in power, the Philippines descends into its worst economic and political crisis since its independence. With the country under martial law, civil liberties have been suspended, political opponents jailed or exiled, and long-time communist and Islamist insurgencies in the country’s south were reignited. The debt-reliant Philippine economy collapsed, creating the worst economic crisis in Philippine history. After the assassination of major political opponent Ninoy Aquino as he arrived in Manila, the country’s politics and government exploded into chaos as the Filipino people stood up against Marcos’ corrupt dictatorship. As delegates take the roles of key power players in the mid-1980s Philippines, explore dynamics of social movements and protest, military-enforced authoritarian government, US Neo-colonial influence, and more as the nation enters its most chaotic years.