|Joex The Pale|
Well, a world without drama is a rather boring world to adventure in. Kobolds, gnomes and halflings living together in peace is a nice twist. How about another?
Two thoughts that come to mind right off are evil elves and evil dwarves. Elves is this world could be tricksters, devious liars and troublemakers that enjoy spending their time causing trouble and chaos. They aren't violent, usually, but they are malicious and don't care what or who get damaged in the pursuit of their fun. Dwarves are evil, sadistic conquerors. Regimented, domineering, cruel, covetous and militaristic, they take what they want, and they want just about everything. They march across the land in their highly disciplined armies violently subjugating everyone who refuses to voluntarily bow to dwarven rule. Once rule is established, populations are enslaved and set to toil for the Greater Dwarven Good in highly organized work camps. Life is harsh under their rule, but not thrown away unnecessarily, as slaves are seen as prized possessions.
Or, something more odd. Let's see, how about we use medusa. Medusa are stern yet fair authoritarian leaders, ruling over a vast empire. They are rulers and judges, using their gaze as corporeal punishment for their justice systems. Prisons consist of workhouses where inmates are petrified then animated to work of their punishments as mobile statues doing heavy manual labour. Prisoners are sentenced to a term, with capital cases being permanently petrified, others returned to flesh after working off their terms. As in human lands, there are fair rulers and corrupt rulers. Some of the corrupt rulers use the punishment system to create a slave labour force for their own enrichment. The empire is a conglomeration of semi-independent fiefdoms united under one central ruler. (That ruler could be known or shadowy, a dragon, a devil, a powerful mage, or something even more odd like a powerful lawful fey or aberration. Let your imagination out to play. :) )