Following the death of the Emperor, the Last Empire of Man began to fragment and collapse, finding itself too large to be governed effectively without the guidance of its previous ruler. The innumerable skirmishes, rebellions, and border disputes led to few maps of that period remaining accurate for more than a few years at most. At the height of the Balkanization the average size of an independent territory was no larger than most modern counties or duchies. Over time the fallout from the collapse of the Last Empire of Man began to fade and various nations began to form and amalgamate out of the shattered remnants of the once-vast empire.
Even today, ten thousand years later, many areas of the Crownless Lands which had once been part of the Last Empire of Man, remain unincorporated into a nation, the general philosophy of those regions being that it is best to remain as a city-state than to submit to a larger hegemony.