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The Chinook Republic was founded in the aftermath of the Chinook Civil War which brought an end to the First Chinook Kingdom. It was led by a council, containing one representative of the 16 tribes: the Cathlamet, Cathlahmahs, Chilluckittequaw, Chacowah, Clackamas, Clowwewalla, Cushook, Echelut, Elwahko, Kilooklaniuk, Tolo, Wahkikum, Wappato, Waltlata, Wasco, and the Wishram.
The republic was on of the first cases of democracy in the history of the world. A representative was chosen by the people in the tribe he represented. The First Council, created in 2194, ruled over the land for 12 years until the next election. Once elected, a member represented the tribe for 12 years. He could not run for re-election, and to prevent what the Chinooks referred to "Dynasties", neither could any of his sons. Only males could run for the council. If the Council had to vote on the matter, majority rules. In the event of a tie, a priest would ask the gods on which side to select.
The First Council's rule started out very rocky. During the war several tribes had broken away from the kingdom and refused to rejoin. War was declared on these rebellious tribes and due to the combined might of the tribes the rebels were under control in a few years. Once the tribes were unified, they fought back against the invading mound builders. Following several battles the mound-builders were forced to retreat out of the kingdom. Barriers and walls designed to keep invaders out were rebuilt. New forts were built, and continued to be built as the Republic's territories increased.
The First Council also rebuilt Clacka, which had been nearly destroyed during the civil war. One of the newest features was the Palace of the Council, which was were the council had meetings. Horses, which the North Americans managed to save, had been successfully domesticated and were used to carry messages to each tribe. The first paved roads were built in Clacka. The southern section of the city was planned out and the roads follow straight paths and houses were built along the path of the roads.
The Second Council, in which five members were the sons of the previous members. The 7 others made the rule that the son of a current or former member could not become one. The Second Council continued to the policies of the first, and also created stone paved roads which connected Clacka to the other tribes.