essentially the king is another bigot that auto hates anyone not royal who is in charge of a side. it seems like the entire purpose of hunting stanley really is because he's not a royal. the plaid tribe was capping cities prior to stanley becoming the leader. but it seems the only concerted resistance came after stanley was put in charge.
maybe it was the alleged regicide angle that angered most of the other royals. either way i'm certainly on stanley's side.
No, I think it's something fundamentally simpler than that: Stanley's a pariah because he refuses to be 'royal'
Don King's not talking about being popped a ruler. He's talking about class - not caste. Speak well, act with decorum, be more than just a battle-leader: be a ruler, a figure who appears to be calm and in control even when he's not. Because that's what followers need: the appearance
of control. Civility and etiquette go a long way toward giving the rank-and-file a sense of order in their lives, a sense of rightness. Look at GK's forces at the beginning of Book I: Gobwins, twolls, and hobgobwin knights, respecting only strength; spidews and other beasts; dwagons serving the wielder of the Arkenhammer... and what? Casters, capable of leadership in their own limited way, with the minion-creatures of their creation: uncroaked and various golem-types.
Stanley's not about egalatarianism. Stanley's about Stanley, and the creatures serving him know it. GK's forces are initially seen in a very tight spot, and so seem cohesive - this is very much in accordance w/Sun Tzu's philosophy of how to bind an army to itself and its leaders: burn the ground as you take it, so there can be no retreat. With no options, the soldiers remain cohesive out of survival instinct. With options, they become fractuous. Stanley's newer forces, the Decrypted, likely have no more individual capacity to disobey or question authority than the uncroaked do, even if they appear to retain more of their awareness. Webinar, decrypted, could never have questioned Jillian's (really) rank incompetence at any task greater than 'lead this attack'.
So I don't think what Don King is talking about it necessarily station-you-were-popped to. I think he's more talking about Stanley as a mouse because Stanley refuses to shoulder the obligations of royalty
. He imagines himself to be a wolf, but he has yet to rise to the challenge. Everything Stanley does is for Stanley
. He's a small creature, a mean little thing, because he refuses to become more. Don King could indulge himself, make everything around him all about him, the way Stanley does. He could use what he has - the teacup - and throw it away when it no longer serves his needs, uncaring... but he doesn't, because he has duties and obligations to his side. Think of each side as a society all acting in concert, all taking its cues from the ruler, circling around him like a wheel.
The center cannot hold - unless someone is there willing to make the effort to hold it. That's what Don King's doing by adopting the trappings of culture and decorum. It's what Ansom was doing by projecting the air of certainty and confidence in his side's superiority of purpose (and likely never realized he was doing it, because unlike Don King, he wasn't the ruler - he'd never even had to consider his position or his duties, because there was still someone above him to lay those duties out for him). It's what Stanley isn't
doing, and it's why all of his paranoid suppositions about Wanda are going to come true.
Everything in Erfworld seems to flow from each side's rulers. GK's ruler is selfish and small-minded. He cares nothing for any of the individuals he employs - they are, fittingly enough, tools to be used and discarded when they're no longer useful. Don King is wrong. Stanley is not a mouse.
He's a shrew.