Political Transition and Unrest
Zarahemla’s Age of War
Nephihah, the chief judge in Zarahemla, dies.
Nephihah’s son, named Pahoran, assumes the position of chief judge.
Nephite lobbyists try to get Pahoran to alter certain parts of the law, but when Pahoran refuses to comply, some people become dissatisfied with Pahoran as their chief judge.
Two political parties emerge: the king–men, who want to overthrow the judicial system and establish a king, and the Freemen, who want to maintain the liberties enjoyed under the status–quo.
A public referendum determines that the people generally support the judicial system in place; the king–men are overruled.
King–Men Dissensions on the Brink of War