After the Svirfnebli drove the Dwarves and their allies from Palandria the politics of the four races dissolved into small bands parties each with a leader that promised safety for his or her followers. The combination of pursuit from the deep gnomes, environmental peril and competition between factions would have spelled the end of the races if a strong leader had not emerged. Findal Clovenhelm was such a leader. He gathered a ever larger following by upholding law and order and recruiting the most talented representatives from all the races.
Eventually he became so powerful that few factions held out against him or wanted to.