Klingon Empire

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The Klingon Empire is ruled by a Chancellor with the support of the Klingon High Council.  Shockingly, a Klingon's combat skills seem to be the main method of determining their suitability of the the Chancellor's role, rather than any political skills.  If the reigning Chancellor is killed in a duel with another Klingon, then the killer has the right to claim the Chancellor's position.  If a Chancellor dies under other circumstances (poison, disease, or in a battle, for example), his replacement is chosen by an Arbiter of Succession.<ref>TNG "Reunion"</ref>  The Arbiter chooses from eligible candidates (usually Council members themselves) in a process called the Rite of Succession, based on rules established in Klingon law.  A Chancellor with some foresight can decide who will be the Arbiter of Succession after his own death.   
 
The Klingon Empire is ruled by a Chancellor with the support of the Klingon High Council.  Shockingly, a Klingon's combat skills seem to be the main method of determining their suitability of the the Chancellor's role, rather than any political skills.  If the reigning Chancellor is killed in a duel with another Klingon, then the killer has the right to claim the Chancellor's position.  If a Chancellor dies under other circumstances (poison, disease, or in a battle, for example), his replacement is chosen by an Arbiter of Succession.<ref>TNG "Reunion"</ref>  The Arbiter chooses from eligible candidates (usually Council members themselves) in a process called the Rite of Succession, based on rules established in Klingon law.  A Chancellor with some foresight can decide who will be the Arbiter of Succession after his own death.   
  
As indicated above, dueling is still an accepted method of resolving disputes under Klingon law, particularly when one party's honor has been insulted.  Klingon duels are typically fought in an official arena with government officials present as witnesses.  All known duels have been fought with hand-to-hand weapons like [[bat'leth]]s, swords, and daggers.
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Family honor is important in 24th-century Klingon society, and children inherit both the honor of their parents' heroic deeds and the dishonor of their cowardly transgressions.  Given the value assigned to personal and family honor, it should be no surprise that dueling is still an accepted method of resolving disputes under Klingon law, particularly when one party's honor has been insulted.  Klingon duels are typically fought in an official arena with government officials present as witnesses.  All known duels have been fought with hand-to-hand weapons like [[bat'leth]]s, swords, and daggers.
  
 
Klingon society is moderately misogynistic.  Property is typically controlled by Klingon males,<ref>DS9 "The House of Quark"</ref> and female Klingons are not allowed to served on the Klingon High Council (in the 24th century, at least).<ref>TNG "Redemption"</ref>  Female Klingons, however, have considerable control over their marital status, being able to marry or divorce a male with just a ritual statement before witnesses.<ref>DS9 "The House of Quark"</ref>
 
Klingon society is moderately misogynistic.  Property is typically controlled by Klingon males,<ref>DS9 "The House of Quark"</ref> and female Klingons are not allowed to served on the Klingon High Council (in the 24th century, at least).<ref>TNG "Redemption"</ref>  Female Klingons, however, have considerable control over their marital status, being able to marry or divorce a male with just a ritual statement before witnesses.<ref>DS9 "The House of Quark"</ref>

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