Few things I've discovered while briefly exploring the new map and having done the first instance. Will post more/join in discussion after I've finished the story.
A: The previous episode was some time ago. Many things support this. Festival of the Four winds is a canon event and described the commander as being in attendance. Aurene has been flying about doing various actions around Elona, the nation has split into three distinct, but populated factions (Loyalists, free awoken, and mordant crescent). Faren is not only completely healed, but hanging out with the vigil (who tracked a recently revived Shatterer south using airships). Joko's staff has been shattered and scattered across a wind area, including having Koss taking one of those pieces. The commander was elsewhere, and told to go into vabbi to attend the meeting. + The previous episode having a very clear "We need this done sooner then later" element.
Awoken forces may join the pact, as the Wurmmarshall showed interest in Almorra and the pact, and declared that until peace, she'd help fight against dangers such as the dragons.
Awoken away from Gandara's immediate area seem to have simply lost the compulsion to do whatever Joko ordered. In the Wurmmarshall's case, she simply stopped heading south as she was no longer being forced to. Some awoken remained loyal, others sought out their descendants or places they lived (you can find an awoken guard at the one village referring to her being that because she vaguely remembers living there once, and having children who would be long dead).