Kings Landing is rendered as a veritable pit of Vipers, with each component constantly forwarding their own ambitions through murder and subterfuge. This is especially true of people of power: Advisors, Dignitaries, Challengers from other Royal Households.
Whilst I'm aware that the death of Robert Baratheon served as a catalyst for the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, was Kings Landing a considerably more hospitable place in support of a King's longevity before Baratheon's death, or was there some capability/factor that Robert possessed that meant he was able to reign unopposed for so long, and managed what seems to be an impossible feat: a sovereignty that didn't result in him being deposed/murdered?
The entire series is an exploration of Statecraft, with different elements pursuing different strategies in order to consolidate power within their own reach. Is this a behavior that truly only emerged at the death of Robert, or did Baratheon suffer the same incessant duplicity and scheming from his subjects?
What advantage did Robert have, that he was able to propser for so long?
A conversation between Tywin and Tommen in Breaker of Chains would suggest that Robert's legacy lay in his 'Strength', which ultimately proved to be his downfall.
It's unlikely this is a reference to his physical constitution, so is there some further diplomatic factor attributed to Robert's longevity? If so, what is it?