Most kingdoms are built quietly and out of the view of potential salt shakers. Become the inkwell that influences they way everyone else operates. One inkpad can provide enough ink to stamp thousands of pieces of paper. Without ink paper is meaningless. Thoughts and transactions can’t be recorded and debt can’t be forced on the masses without ink. Directions can’t be given and contracts can’t be made. Society as we know it couldn’t function. You know the quickest way change the lives of millions of people? The signature produced by an ink pen. Make your empire so vital that in order for others to maintain the status quo they have no choice but to succumb to your will. When they think they are making progress raise the price of the ink to stunt their growth. You see this game ran all the time. Gas prices anyone?