I'm only guessing the game is broken at the same places on all the servers. Iron Marshes and Timberline are pretty buggy but Iron Marshes can be Map Completed 100%. Timberline is still has several broken events but only one can't be completed, Whispering Falls. There is a POI and Skill Point behind a door, which can't be open atm by the NPCs.
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.