The mega-continent of Faerun is experiencing significant upheavals. Monarchies have recently been replaced with oligarchies, dictatorships, and in some cases, what seem to be democracies. Steam power has allowed (comparatively) rapid transport between some major economic centers. Metallurgy has only recently advanced to the point where it is being considered for construction projects.
The nationalistic Gerbaut have decided that one thing that needs to change is the political landscape of the Sword Coast. Everyone and no one is to blame for this.