A lot of plots can be constituted around a) a Vizier who wants to be Sultan (Jafar. I’m talking about Jafar.) or b) other nobles who envy the power of the favourite over the monarch and think that they could inappropriately influence the monarch better.

A Primer on Politics for Writers – The Players

(From a worldbuilding guide for people who want to do politics in their novel and don’t want it to be silly.)