In traditional Nauspayr culture there are only really nine social positions, the five civil ones:

tribal chief (king and diplomat); "kare"
tribal elder (king's advisors, judges, wisemen); "anine" or "anina"
hunter (who also serve as a tribe's professional warriors); "tadave" or "tadava"
gatherer; "sakache" or "sakacha"
fisher (specialised gatherers who can free-dive); "memuke" or "memuka"

and the four supernatural ones:

witch (combining the roles of priestess, cultural steward and nurse); "skira"
trainee witch; "layha"
blacksmith (the use of fire and metal is traditionally an arcane art); "vhanime"
oracle (a hermit witch who doesn't belong to a particular tribe); "tovika"

There isn't really politics as such, just the tribal king saying "we're going this way for water", a tribal elder passing judgement on a murderer or a witch telling someone to respect the spirits better. As an indigenous people under the governance of (English speaking) colonial power, however they are subject to international law, it's just that it's mostly in English. There have been recent attempts to make the democratic process more accessible, but Nauspayr speakers don't really care for government so long as it doesn't try and "civilise" their wilderness. When an issue goes above a tribal level, or can't be decided by a test of strength ("anyukè") or the village elders, it gets sent to a council of tribal kings, witches or elders ("mùtà")

The spirits who occupy wells and watering holes ("mekasìda") are also the spirits of diplomacy and justice.

In Archipelago City (I always start short stories like that, just using the line gives me a thrill) :) politics is complicated, given they're subject to the same colonial power but operate a socialist republic city state. The leader of the Worker's Council ("il Cammicers Casacae") is the elected head of the united guilds ("ceffas") and unions ("sagnas") and occupies a role similar to a president. He's called "il Ulle": the Foreman.

There's also the Parliament of City Districts ("il Sansatta ul Arrontismmenntecers") lead by the Port Official ("Batarracer Muerra"). He is ostensibly beholden to the Empire's Lieutenant Governor ("il Luecce") whose sole role is to represent the Emperor and to enforce the particular articles of the constitution relating to not contravening the will of the Empire. As he's pretty much irrelevant, he's often nicknamed "the waxen ship's bell" ("il gatabi momma").

Sam Stutter
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On 6 May 2012, at 22:11, Douglas Koller wrote:

>> Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 17:45:44 +0200
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>> Subject: Conworld: Political titles
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> What are the official political titles in your conworld, and what's 
>> their etymology, if applicable?
> Géarthnuns:
> king - díbs (regnant), fsebs (gay consort), çürs (queen's consort)
> queen - öns (regnant), ats (lesbian consort), merens (king's consort)
> prince - çabs (not a fleshed out semantic space, obviously)
> prime minister - alüdzerats
> president - alüdlers (in a full presidential system), alürheths (in a semi-presidential system)
> governor- abuvöshets
> ambassador - abusheröbs
> Maybe that's it.
> Kou