I've hit a slight roadblock if you will. The back story, if anyone doesn't know/if i haven't told anyone yet: An empire fell apart when the leader refused passage and exploration north beyond his border. New nations were formed, some went left and went neutral out of principle, others stayed allied but still separate to the king. However the "explorers" began to wage a war on the Allies. 1. For what reason would the allies stay in allegiance to the emperor, but still form separate nations? 2. How do the explorers get an army big enough to wage a war (I already decided that some of the soldiers joined and created a new army because they also felt the need to explore north, but the main story is set fifty years after the fall of the empire, so how do they survive this long without gaining many troops? My main problem is that I've had these ideas, which I do think are rather good, but I don't feel like saying they left the empire or survived 50 years "just because"