Each Court has a monarch, which switches off each season, but there are rules in the Freehold that are unchangeable, due to massive infighting that nearly destroyed the integrity of Changeling society. Each King or Queen brings their own flavour to the season, and some may layer on their own traditions on top of the foundations. The courts have rivalries that occasionally burst into outright hostility, but the monarchs try to keep it together for the sake of the Freehold. These rivalries seem to stem from old college traditions that pit court against court in contests during festivals. Over time, they morphed into extremely clannish clubs, that soon changed into near gangs that would attack each other in the streets. This came to a head when a motley of four circus performers destroyed the statue in the middle of the lake, releasing a tidal wave of magical energy into the area, attracting powerful True Fae, and starting an armed conflict that required the various courts to work together. Since this, things have been a quieter, but the courts are still not exactly friendly.