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Paramount ruler

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The term paramount ruler, or sometimes paramount king, is a generic description, though occasionally also used as an actual title, for a number of rulers' position in relative terms, as the summit of a feudalistic pyramid of rulers of lesser polities (such as vassal princes) in a given historical and geographical context, often of different ranks, which all recognize the single paramount ruler as their senior, though not necessarily with effectively commanding authority (as in a true empire), but often rather a notion like the Western suzerainty.

Whether the term is used where it could apply is essentially a matter of convention, and as the relatively vague, similar definitions overlap, its use may in certain cases coexist with the use of another term as those mentioned in the See also section.


Use for foreign rulers

  • On 1 March 1900 the Samoan archipelago (a Polynesian nation, royal style O le Tupu o Samoa, from 7 November 1889 a tripartite GermanBritishU.S. protectorate, represented by the three Consuls) was annexed by Germany alone (except for the part that became American Samoa; hence long known as Western Samoa). The German Emperor Wilhelm II was styled there Tupu Sili o Samoa "Paramount King of Samoa" until the Allied take-over during World War I.
  • The British monarch, styled King or Queen, is still recognised as Paramount Chief of Fiji, even after it became a republic within the Commonwealth, of which she also is the sole Head.

See also

  • Great King – equivalent, among rulers who all can be considered Kings
  • Hegemon – irrespective to titles, mere preponderance in power terms
  • High King – equivalent, among rulers who all can be considered Kings
  • King of Kings – equivalent, among rulers who all can be considered Kings
  • Paramount Chief – equivalent in relative terms, but among tribal people without a fully developed state, often rather autonomous within a sovereign state
  • Paramount Leader of China

Sources and references

This page was last edited on 24 February 2021, at 22:25
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