Soon thereafter, the Nephite dissenter Amalickiah, with his followers, came down against the Nephites at the head of a massive Lamanite army. The king-men refused to comply with the orders of Moroni, commander in chief, to take up arms in defense of the country. Approximately four thousand were ordered executed as traitors. The remainder were either imprisoned for later trials or forced to join the freemen under the banner of the title of liberty.
And thus Moroni put an end to those king-men, that there were not any known by the appellation of king-men; and thus he put an end to the stubbornness and the pride of those people who professed the blood of nobility; but they were brought down to humble themselves like unto their brethren, and to fight valiantly for their freedom from bondage.
Over the next five years of intense military engagements, the Nephites emerged victorious. Those freemen who had been displaced from Zarahemla by dissenters following in pathways similar to the earlier king-men, were ultimately restored to their homes. Pahoran, the chief judge, was restored to office. The unyielding king-men who had been imprisoned after refusing to take up arms in defense of their country were given a fair trial. “And thus it became expedient that this law should be strictly observed for the safety of their country; yea, and whosoever was found denying their freedom was speedily executed according to the law”. (For details see Hel. 51–62.)