A minority reacted to the constant strain by shooting themselves in the foot or running away.
It would be no longer the majority that would rule; the power would be transferred to the minority.
Syria has been ruled by a succession of dictators belonging to the minority Alawi Islamic sect since a coup in 1966.
1530s, "condition of being smaller," from Middle French minorité (15c.), or directly from Medieval Latin minoritatem (nominative minoritas), from Latin minor (see minor (adj.)). Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1540s; that of "smaller number or part" is from 1736. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1919, originally in an Eastern European context.