Ok so in the story I'm currently working on it is essential for the plot that everyone wants to kill one another however in the back-story there are a few events that I'm not completely sure make sense. Also I want to make sure that I haven't unconsciously made it too similar to anything else. I am not asking for people to write my back-story for me I am merely asking for opinions on how plausible it seems. A revolution broke out a long time before the opening of the novel. Originally it was one for power, members of the lower classes (Group A) decided to try to overthrow the corrupt and cruel king. The king and those loyal to him (Group K) wanted to keep control. They were generally those who either saw what Group A was prepared to do to gain power or wondered about what kind of ruler they would be left with-what the king lacked in amiability he made up for in predictability. Those who wanted control either wanted power for themselves or to be free from tyranny. A third group (Group O) came from outside seeing the unstable state of affairs to try to gain power. The fight went on for longer and longer and the king's rule steadily became shakier, he and his allies turned to more desperate measures. As his reign became shakier Group A struggled harder for power but they became divided. The main group split into many smaller ones due to disagreements on who would rule after the war and on other semi trivial issues. Group O moved further in but became divided and smaller (many gave up and went home) as time went on. However soon Group O, even divided, was by far the biggest threat. Group A decided to join forces with Group K by the only means they could see, murder the new king and his family and to blame it on Group O. They also chose to kidnap the King's eldest daughter (I'm unsure about how much sense this part makes.) to provide a rallying point for Group K so that they would still have something to fight for. The plan was to put the girl on the throne after they won which would allow someone to gain instant power by marrying her. Meanwhile Group O became less divided. The members were no longer predominately the newcomers but others who went for neither of the other sides joined them. The lines became very blurry after awhile between Group O and Group A although they really hated one another. At the beginning of the novel the king's family has not yet been assassinated, this happens a few chapters in. Every town or village is controlled by a specific group which is generally the side the children of that town end up fighting on. Another thing is that different sub groups will all fight everyone else, the only unified group is Group K with Group O being larger and more unified and Group A being the largest and most divided. A couple of other points I'm interested would be on the long term affect of this war i would like to know if people would think them logical; -Few adult males (the society is heavily patriarchal but is becoming less so), which leads to a lessened number of children -Bad economy -Houses, villages even military bases are largely unused (my logic behind the last one is that they have largely been forgotten/are in such ill-repair that they are almost unusable by even a small army) Thank-you to anyone who is able to offer feedback.