The Tehga Confederacy, often simply called Tehga or The Tehgas, is a polity centered on the northeastern foothills of the Tuvas Mountains. With a population of just under a million, the Tehga maintains a remarkable size, and has a very low population density. There are five main members to the Confederacy, each maintaining total autonomy over its own affairs, with several smaller entities whose legal status is generally nebulous.
The five primary members of the Tehga Confederacy are Ellal, Halkoém, Ennaim, Bolshoy, and Bverlemh, three of whom (Ellal, Ennaim, and Bolshoy) share a common language (Kelkaas), albeit one with much dialectal variation.
Tehga is the term used to describe the unique structure of the Tehga Confederacy, with the word being used in all the languages of the Confederacy both to name the polity and to describe its function. The Confederacy has its origins in an ancient tribal federation, united under a hereditary High King. This system was far from universally accepted, and, in the face of an imminent invasion, the chiefs of the federal tribes confronted the High King with an ultimatum; allow the system to be reformed, or be delivered unto the enemies knocking at the doorstep.
The king accepted, promising that his son would oversee all the transitions, which the chiefs found acceptable. The war with the invaders was won, and the old king immediately abdicated after peace was concluded - his son, known to history as Tehga, took his place, and began the process of consulting with the chiefs to determine how the tribes would proceed.
The result of this was the Tehga system that is practiced today. The entire Confederacy is overseen by a High Chief, a position which is passed on, by custom, through heredity, but may formally be passed on to anyone who is a Tribesman by birth. The chiefs of the tribes may also vote to elect a High Chief of their choosing at any time, either to replace the current High Chief when he or she perishes or resigns or to take their place immediately, although this is a privilege rarely taken advantage of.
The High Chief formally has no authority over the internal affairs of the Tribes, but his or her "recommendations" are generally taken very seriously. A High Chief who seems "too interested" in the goings-on in the courts of the Tribes may find themself voted out of office quickly, but at the same time is expected to utilize the leverage of their office occasionally, as the various Tribal leaders are, as one might expect, eager to keep themselves on at least an even footing with all of the others - if one Tribe is seen as too expansive by the others and the High Chief does little about it, they may be seen as a coward, or incompetent.
Rather, the official role of the High Chief is to mediate disputes between the Tribes, and less formally, to organize Tehga-wide armies, declare war, and negotiate peace with any neighboring polities as the need may arise. The High Chief is also obliged to appoint one of the Tribal leaders or one of their immediate circle to the position of Regent-if-Necessary; the Regent-if-Necessary has all the authority of the High Chief themself in case the High Chief is not available due to illness, war, or other unforeseen circumstances. The Regent-if-Necessary also serves as the High Chief's chief advisor, and is expected to provide an accurate picture of the events in the realm.
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