I understand. I was editing these articles because as far as my knowledge in political science goes; certain 'declarations' of the respective countries' governance system are not 'politically' possible with the activities exhibited and/or explained throughtout the series.
I will adhere, however, to your Cease and Desist Order (CDO).
I see what you're saying - however, we should stick only to confirmed information we have within the Avatarverse and what is provided through official sources; e.g. there's no such title as "Grand Chief of the Water Tribe" or "Prince Regent of Omashu".
Thought at the moment unsure, I can remember at least once incident with Unalag being referred to as Grand Chief.
Going again to the 'political impossibilites', the Southern Water Tribe became 'annexed' (through some form or another with the Northern Water Tribe) with the North taking the lead as it relates to governance. The South ultimately gained autonomy with their own chief. Question being, how can the chief of the North (through the documented 'annexation') as Chief of the two Tribes be equal to the Chief of the Autonomous Southern Tribe. Therefore; I alluded to the conclusion that the chief of the North, through his capacity as Chief of the two tribes, most be of a higher rank. Using the Canadian model in which the head of the united tribes of Canada is dubbed "Grand Chief", I alluded to that conclusion.
In the event I am incorrect, I will concede. We should however address these issues; because it may be a cartoon but it should be as 'factual' as possible - given the particular storyline(s).
As I said, the official information we have in this series does not call to a rank of "Grand Chief", as far as we know, it's simply tribal chief. Real world politics do not have to be applied to Avatar world politics.
Once again, I understand the position in which you stand. I will adhere to your request.
I am, however, left underwhelmed as it relates to the development of this area of the series. Seeing that the series, whether you are willing to admit it or not, is quite political, I would have expected it to be a little more accurate in that aspect.
Thanks for your understanding; and I do hope to have insight from you in the nearest future.
It's a "political impossibility" in our world but what it's regarded in the series is what we base our additions on. There's no creative license or interpretation when information is given outright.
Unalaq has only been regarded in publications and canonical sources as "Chief of the Northern Water Tribe", "Chief of the Water Tribes", and "Chief". Tonraq mocks his title once by referring to him as "great chief of the Northern Water Tribe".
It's entirely impossible to rationalize and actualize all aspects of the franchise, as it's not meant to parallel our world. We can apply knowledge of governmental systems only a certain degree, because the occurrences in the series will deviate with our definitions of governmental systems at some point.
In the case of the Water Tribes, the current canonical state shows no indication that Southern political governance is held at an equal standing with the North. You have the Chief of the Water Tribes who is also the sole Chief of the Northern Water Tribe, but also a political body in the South that acts separately from the Tribal Chief. It's a Council of Chieftains and Elders, and has already been said to simply be a congregation of influential figures as opposed to a fixed political entity.
I do agree with you, for the most part. It is deemed a 'political impossibility'; and I accept that we as contributors are limited to provided content.
I do disagree when you say 'it is not meant to parallel' our world. The very fact that it clearly establishes governance patterns and that the storylines mimics events in 'our world' is a definitive contradiction.
A 'federation (Latin: foedus, foederis, 'covenant'), also known as a federal state, is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of either party, the states or the federal political body.
The above definition is my justification for we, the contibutors, of this wikia to redefine the government type of the Earth Kingdom as a 'federal constitutional monarchy'.
"A Council of Chieftains and Elders officially govern the Southern Water Tribe, consisting of male and female representatives of the different cities, villages, tribes, and social classes within the settlements."
"Elected Tonraq as the new chief"
With the above information, I ask for permission to edit the system of government of the Southern Water Tribe as a 'Federated Elected Chiefdom'
Well, if consensus is what you're after - you can always try the War Room. But you don't need permission to edit anything - of course, if someone finds your edit to be incorrect, you can always discuss with them if you believe you're right.