The Council of the Five Brothers, or Pa'Tzavya Vrachen Ojenn, is the only Central Government that exists in the country of Alkali. The Council claims to govern the country, but its writ outside of Saltine is not always recognized by the tribes if it is seen as detrimental. Each tribe appoints a representative to sit as a "Brother" on the Council. Representatives are often, though not always, the tribal leader.
Following the Berzerka (circa 950), Tribal communities dominated the Alkali region, focused along the valleys connecting present day Saltine to the south. As the tribes expanded and flourished, grazing lands for livestock became increasingly spare, particularly those with access to fresh water.