Return of the Scarlet Empress
Beyond The Great Lion Gate lies the domain of the Gods, the great heavenly city of Shangri-La. Within this city, the Gods perform the necessary duties that keep the world of Creation from collapsing in to chaos. Everything from the rising and setting of the sun to the growth of a single sapling in the Eastern Forest is controlled by this great Bureaucracy.
As with any organization corruption can, and does, exist. Many lesser Gods are unhappy with the meager prayers they receive since the fall of the Solar Exalted and so their duties are neglected until they receive the prayers they feel they so richly deserve. This has led to a great many catastrophes on Creation. Terrible floods in the southern desert, droughts in the lush jungles of the Southwest, and great earthquakes swallowing entire cities are all the effect of delinquency by the Gods in the Celestial Bureaucracy.