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Inter-species Politics is a recurring theme present in several of the later Discworld novels. The chain of events was foreshadowed and many of the characters introduced in The Fifth Elephant. The storyline truly began in Thud!, was added on to in Snuff, and came to a climactic finish in Raising Steam.

The Two Factions[]

Lord Vetinari

Lord Vetinari

Inter-Species Politics is largely divided into two large factions: The Progressive Inter-species Faction (Lord Vetinari, Low Queen, Diamond King Of Trolls) and the Conservative Dwarfish Faction (Ardent, The Grags). The conservative faction believes that Rhys Rhysson is 'betraying all that is dwarfish' by allowing self-evident females to claim their gender, allow goblins basic rights (Snuff), and conduct politics with the trolls. Ardent did not sign the Koom Valley Accord (or KV Accord). Many of these ultra-conservative (or 'deep-downer' dwarves) believe clacks towers are un-dwarvish, and have the delvers burn them. Rhys Rhysson offered a memorable quote in response to an attack on a clacks tower near Sto Kerrig: "?"

See more: Schmaltzburg Coup

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The parallels between the fundamentalists and the progressive factions have their obvious parallels in the Roundworld: Islamic fundamentalists, the Christian right,

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