When Malad-Mîn fell, her people split into two groups. One group went to the subterranean hold of Nûl-Bazân, the other west into the icy vales of Khalas. Those of the latter became known as the Brisingr. For nearly five centuries, they had a government along the lines of their fore-bearers (c.f. Khazir-Mizir). In the Year 503, they adopted a federalist government. It represents the racial groups of the nation along with the interests of Brisingr's territorial governments.