Where there is power and wealth, there is also crisis. For Ethiopia, this crisis era emerged around 1769 and lasted until 1855. It is known as the Zemene Mesafint , or the “Era of Princes”. During this period the empire was largely divided and decentralized, with numerous regional ras (dukes or lords) competing for influence and power over the emperor. This unstable period was only brought to end with the rise to power of the famed Emperor Tewodros II. The charismatic ruler once more stabilized the Empire of Ethiopia and became a favorite of the people.