The Mentak Coaltion is primarily an Aristocratic Demarchy & Republic. All Captains in good standing (see society, below) are members of a senate known as the [i]Table of Captains[/i]. Although all governmental power theoretically arises from the senate, its size means that in reality it’s only real function is as an elective body. From among the Captains, a number of legislative and judicial subcommittees are assembled, some by election, some by lottery and others by combinations thereof. For non-Mentak, the most important body is the [i]Foreign Counsel[/i], a group of eleven individuals (five elected, five selected, and the Hand of Erwin), who decide matters of international relations and warfare. The most important single election from the Senate is that of the [i]Hand of Erwin[/i], the Commander in Chief and Head of State who serves in that capacity for life (barring censer by the Senate).