Dostum would be a central player, shifting alliances constantly from his power base in Jowzjan.
Sinhala nationalists form their power base, and they must be fed.
Belonging to the Alawite minority—merely 12 percent of the population—he built a power base of mainly his own clan.
Zhivkov managed to avert the attempted coup d'etat and afterward strengthened his power base within the party.
With his power base firmly established, Ceausescu acted to fully disassociate his regime from the Gheorghiu-Dej era.