chiefdom

[cheef-duhm]
noun
1.
the rank or office of a chief.
2.
the territory or people over which a chief rules.

Origin:
1570–80; chief + -dom

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Both ruled over a confined area that could be called a chiefdom.
Elites, who made up a relatively small percentage of chiefdom populations, had a higher social standing than commoners.
The authoritarian chiefdom style of governing, represented sometimes by large earthen mounds, was disintegrating.
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