Ponpei

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Federated Kingdom of Pònpei
Languages Pònpeian, Japanese
Major Religions
Capital Mesenieg
Government type Federated Kingdom
King Isauki
Prime Minister
Area
Population
Establishment 1917
Currency
Supranational Organizations Part of Micronesian Confederation
Major Subdivisions 5 chiefdoms or wèi - Madolenìmw, Kiti, Net, Sokès, Ù

The Federated Kingdom (note: singular, not plural as in the Federated Kingdoms) of Pònpei was created in 1917 by a mutual decision of the 5 Nànmwarki (supreme chiefs) of the island. The Nànmwarki of Madolenìmw was named King of Pònpei.

Politics

The executive authority is invested in the King, who is advised by the Council of Nànmwarki. Legislative authority is invested in a democratically elected National Assembly. The king possesses absolute veto authority, unless 4 Nànmwarki over-ride him. Likewise, a vote of 4 Nànmwarki can over-ride royal sanction. The Constitution permits, in cases where the King and all 5 Nànmwarki concur, certain Royal Decrees with the effect of law. The Council and King are also the arbitrer of succession disputes to Nànmwarki and other chiefly titles.

Although the capital of the Micronesian Confederation is located within Pònpei, there have been secessionist sentiments in recent years, which were placated in 2004 when the Kalolina Confederation was broken up into its constituent states.

Succession

Succession to the throne of Pònpei is matrilineal, according to Pònpei custom. The current succession law was established in 1928. The Heir apparent is the king's eldest sister's eldest son, followed by her younger sons, and if she had no sons, than to the second eldest sister and so forth. If the king has no sisters, or if none of the sisters has sons, it goes to the king's mother's eldest surviving son (if any), and then to the king's mother's eldest daughter's eldest surviving son, or to the king's mother's other daughters' sons and so forth. In 1935, the King gave up his role as Nànmwarki of Madolenìmw, delegating that to the Crown Prince. In 1979, the newly-crowned King Isauki decreed that his heir apparent would not be Nànmwarki, instead designating another member of his clan as Nànmwarki, divorcing the lines, and decreeing that the Nànmwarki could never hold the position of King or Crown Prince.

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