Remnants of the Mana War
The Townmasters are a group of the wealthy and nobles who openly organized this trip to the southern continent and chose to sail over with their supplies. It is not a group of all of them, and not necessarily the most powerful, but they are those most interested in actively forming an official government of Halmud, with themselves in power of course.
They have money, and currently have most of the shop owners under their debt. The Arbitrator also relies on people’s memories of a judge to arbitrate disputes, and he is well liked by many. However the group has very little physical power, mostly just personal guards, so they can do little enforcement at the moment.