Interstellar, multisector government of the many Aslan
clans. Aslan society centers on the clan. Within the Hierate, the family
structure of the Aslan and the governmental structure are the same. The highest
governmental functions are performed by a council of twenty-nine clan leaders
chosen from amongst the most powerful clans.
"The 29" (as they are called) have quasireligious status and represent the
essential unity of the Aslan race. To be chosen one of the "the 29" is the
highest honor to which any Aslan can aspire. The 29 meet continuously on
Kuzu to adjudicate interclan disputes
and decide matters of group policy. No member of the 29 speaks for the Hierate
as a whole, nor does the whole 29.
There are no Hierate military forces; each clan has its own, and they rarely
act in concert with those of other clans. The Hierate itself can call upon
military forces only insofar as the clans themselves agree to provide such
forces. Even the minor forces conveying the 29's decisions are actually under
the control of individual clan leaders.
See also Aslan Border Wars.