chieftain

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chieftain

the head or leader of a tribe or clan
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Apart from the stratified Brunei and Iranun coastal societies, indigenous peoples of northern Borneo were classless acephalous societies, not chieftainships.
The Local Government Act obviously intends to ignore the chiefs system in place in the sense that the act will call for elections at the various levels of what the act calls chieftainships, elections, which might result in the reelection of incumbent office holders, but also in the out-voting at least of those who will lose as the new structure will only accommodate leaders elected in accordance with the envisaged one-dimensional pyramidal
Throughout his reign, Durrani consolidated chieftainships, petty principalities, and fragmented provinces into one country.
Since there were so many petty rulers divided into various types of chieftainships and kingdoms in Timor, the Topasses were always able to find local rulers as allies when needed.