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Traditional Polities of Federated States of Micronesia


Note: The principal islands (corresponding to the current states of the federation) are: Pohnpei (formerly Ponape), Kosrae (formerly Kusaie), Yap (Wa'ab in Yapese), and Chuuk (formerly Truk). This record deals mainly with Pohnpei, although at the end is included Kapingamarangi, a lone Polynesian island in the FSM.


Pohnpei

The legendary name of the polity is Deleur, and its ruler was styled Sau Deleur. The last Sau Deleur was overthrown by Isohkelekel, who founded the first of the five traditional states: Madolenihmw, U (also spelled Uh), Kitti, Sokehs, Nett (also spelled Net). The ruler of each of these states is styled Nahnmwarki, though each state has a special alternate title that is used to refer to the Nahnmwarki of that particular area. The names beginning with Luhken- are so-called edenpwel (burial names).

Madolenihmw

Chief (title Sau Deleur)
.... - 1628?               San Memuo [last Sau Deleur]
Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Isipau)
1628? - ....               Isohkelekel "the Liberator" 
                             [first chief]
.... - ....                Musei Maur [second chief]
.... - ....                ....
.... - ....                Luhkenmalada
.... - 1836                Luhkenkasik
1836 - Sep 1854            Luhkenkidu                         (d. 1854)
Sep 1854 -  5 Jun 1855     Luhkenmweiu                        (d. 1855)
1855 - 1896                Paul
.... - ....                Hezekiah
.... - ....                Solomon
.... - 19..                Alexander
1932 - 1966                Moses Hadley                       (b. 1894? - d. 1966)
1966 - May 1980            Samuel Hadley (Isipahu)            (d. 1980)
1980 - 31 May 1990         Salter Salvador Hadley             (b. 1924 - d. 1990)
2009? -                    Kerpet Hebel


U

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Sangoro)
.... - ....                Luhkenmusei [first chief]
.... - ....                Eluit
.... - ....                ....
1953? - 1960               Edmond
1960 - 30 Sep 1991         Johnny Moses                       (b. 1900? - d. 1991)
199. -  3 Nov 1999         Manasa Edgar                       (d. 1999)
Nov 1999 -                 Welter John


Kitti

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Soukiseleng)
c.1840 - 1852              Luhkenmweimwahu (Penena)           (d. 1852)
1852 - 18..                Hezekiah
.... - ....                Mikel (Mensile)
.... - ....                Paul
.... - ....                Sigismundo
1965? - 1968               Benito
1968 - Sep 1972            Albert Domsin                      (d. 1972)
1972 -  1 Feb 1992         Benido Peter                       (b. 1928? - d. 1992)
199. -  8 Oct 1996         Weldemar Thomson                   (d. 1996)
1996 - 199.                Ropohl Luhk
199. -  4 May 2000         Bernard Ioakim                     (d. 2000)
2000 -                     Alter Paul



Pingelap 

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki)
.... - ....                Iengirsandeir [1st ruler]
.... - ....                ....               
.... - ....                Pakispok
.... - ....                ....                   
.... - ....                ....                   
.... - ....                ....                   
.... - ....                ....                   
.... - ....                Naniok
.... - ....                .... [7 rulers]
.... - ....                Mwungesamarou                      (d. c.1750)
.... - ....                ....                   
.... - ....                Semenuhwe                          (d. c.1770's)
c.1770's - 1790's          ....   
c.1790's - ....            Mwanenised 
.... - ....                Sralik
.... - ....                ....                   
18.. - 1870                Okonomwaun                         (b. 1799 - d. 1870)
1870 - 1924                Iengiringit
1924 - 1964                ....
1964 - 1981                ....
.... -                     Doahkasa


Sokehs

17 Oct 1910 - 23 Feb 1911  Rebellion against German rule in Micronesia. After suppression 
                             of rebellion Germans moved all inhabitants of Sokes to Palau 
                             and Yap islands where they lived until returning 
                             after World War I.

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Lepen Palikir)
1875?                      Keimw Sapwasap
c.1900                     Francisco
17 Oct 1910 - 23 Feb 1911  Somatau                            (b. 18.. - d. 1911)
                            (head of the rebellion against German colonial power)
c.1963 - 14 Jul 1972       Kalio Artui                        (d. 1972)
1984?                      Ioanis Artui
1997? -                    Herculano C. Kohler


Nett

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Lepen Nett)
1875?                      Keim Sapwasap
191.?                      Nicholas
19.. - 19..                Kalisto
19.. - 19..                Eduardo
19.. - 1946                Saturlino
1946 - 1969?               Max Iriarte
1984?                      Frederick Iriarte
19.. - 16 Oct 1996         Ioanis Iriarte                     (d. 1996)
1996 -                     Constantino Oyama



Kapingamarangi

Chiefs (title Ariki)
.... - ....               Tukia 
.... - ....               Rangatau
.... - ....               Kaukau
.... - ....               Inaina
.... - ....               Heriri
.... - ....               Rongotapu
.... - ....               Tuira
.... - ....               Tikioto
.... - ....               Hakatautai
.... - ....               Takame-ara
.... - ....               Mihe
.... - ....               Takataka
.... - ....               Tairot
.... - ....               Inatua
.... - ....               Hoira
.... - ....               Petok
.... - ....               Taurakina
.... - ....               Makiatia
Chiefs (title Tangata e Putu Tana Henua; from 1910, Kingi)
.... - ....               Makiatia
.... - c.1860             Takahihi
c.1860 - c.1870           Tikoro "Totonu"
c.1870 - 18..             Hakana?
18.. - 18..               Hakapeke
18.. - 18..               Wekeia
18.. - c.1880             Poiaka
c.1880 - 18..             Hakana
18.. - c.1890             Maehua
c.1890 - 1922             Tawehi (= Tikepa)
1922 - 1927               Atiuro
1927 - 1929               Hetapuae
1929 - 10 Dec 1949        Deved                              (d. 1949)
                            (= Tiararua, then Tepiha)
1949 - 1954?              Tuiai
1997? -                   Andrew Lucky







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