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Advantage Counterplans

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An Advantage Counterplan is when an Aff team runs an Aff with say, 3 advantages. Let's say they're Warming, Heg, and Econ. What you could do is run a Counterplan that solves one of those, like Warming. You run a counter plan that solves for warming, and then you run a disadvantage that your counter plan doesn't link to, like Launches. You run a Launches DA, and then you put offense on the rest of their case, or sometimes if you want their entire case. So you'd run a counter plan that solves for Global Warming, a launches da that your cp doesn't link to, and attack their heg, econ, and solvency. Some people may choose to attack the contention they solve for too just in case, but that's your choice. So an advantage counter plan is basically a counter plan that solves for one of their advantages. The multiple counter plan thing is when the negative runs multiple counter plans, say 3, that solve for each of the advantages, warming, heg, and econ, and then a da that links to the aff case but not any of the counter plans.

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So an advantage counter plan is basically a counter plan that solves for one of their advantages.

 

One or more advantages (ie you use 3 different planks which solve 3 different advantages--I'm using planks to refer to different policy actions....not actual planks as they are used in plan texts).

They usually have nothing to do with the resolution, but they can.

 

For instance, following a particular human rights treaty to get a softpower advantage OR re-calibrating our military strategy to solve for hegemony.

 

The core problem with advantage counterplans is they usually don't solve the fundmental problem the aff solves for--so the perm solves.

 

One huge caveat that helps on the aff & the neg with advantage counterplan:

The only true advantage counterplan is one which SOLVEs the internal link to the impact or inherency (aka SQ is killing good impact X--say hegemony). Almost no advantage counterplan does this. It just attempts to solve for a parallel impact. I think the closest you can come for an advantage counterplan--is evidence or argument why the counterplan solves for a bigger instance of X or evidence on the case which mitigates the advantage in other ways.

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