Grand Tribal Confederacy
The Grand Tribal Confederacy is the general term for the fifteen allied tribes of orcs and their state as a semi-unified force to the rest of the world. The confederacy has existed in its current form since the conclusion of the War of Tusk and Horn fifty years previous, but smaller confederations would occasionally emerge under the banner of a particularly capable warchief. The Grand Tribal Confederacy maintains friendly relations with the Goblin Nations, and a chilly but not actively antagonistic relationship with the Minotaur Protectorate. Trade regularly flows through the Confederation lands, positioned as they are between the Protectorate to the west and the Goblin Nations to the north and east.
Council comprised of three representatives of the fifteen tribes that make up the confederation. How those individuals are appointed is up to the rules of that particular tribe; some are democratic, some are hereditary, some are via trial by combat, etc. A councilmember serves for three years, with the most experienced member leaving the council each year when a new council member is brought on. This system allows for each tribe to have a member that has served for one year, two years, and three years for every calendar year, thus allowing for a greater breadth of knowledge and experience. When decisions must be made, individuals within the council resolve them. What this resolution looks like is up to the council members themselves. Sometimes they vote, sometimes they fight, and other times they engage in battles of wits and games of strategy. The only immutable rule is that once a decision has been made, it cannot be undone without a majority-council agreement that takes place AFTER those who originally proposed the motion are no longer holding office. While some tribes do not allow individuals to hold multiple terms as council members, there is no Confederation law against it.
Prosperity for the orcs, sovereignty over their lands, and protection of the people. The council is designed to addres matters of national importance, and largely has no effect on the day-to-day lives of its citizens.
The strength and resources of all allied tribes are at the Council's disposal. In times of need, all tribes are willing and able to provide full access to what they have, for the good of the confederation. The confederacy, while it recognizes coins and commerce, is primarily a barter-based economy, so most favours are traded for future favours, food, or labour.
The Grand Tribal Confederacy began as a mad pipe dream and grew into the powerhouse it is today. Originally an alliance between the two orc tribes that were located on the steppe surrounding what is now known as the Irminsul, more tribes banded together as the War of Tusk and Horn escalated. The original alliance between the Blue Sky tribe and the Swift Riders was brokered by the warlord Dag Heggvardsson. He argued that, despite their technological inferiority, the orcs could win against the southerners if they abandoned their reliance on brute strength and embraced treachery and surprise over traditional open warfare. He wanted freedom from the oppression the northlands had suffered for centuries, and an alliance was the only way to do it. The tribes wanted nothing to do with an alliance, initially. Orcs are clannish, and don't even consider orcs from other clans as the same species as them. Over the centuries similar things had been suggested, but the orcish aversion to any change in their customs and culture forbade any forward progress in that regard. Even in the rare cases where tribes did intermingle, it usually only lasted until someone new came into power that the alliance crumbled and the clans resumed cutting each other's heads off. Dag, after years of delicate negotiations, managed to organise a marriage between two prominent members of the Blue Sky and the Swift Riders. This was unprecedented; orc tribes fought each other constantly, not recognizing any kinship with one another. The marriage, now known as the First Kin Accord, opened the floodgate of alliance that allowed the two tribes to freely intermingle. Several dozen marriages and years later, the two tribes, while distinct, viewed each other as kin. Orcs value nothing above their bonds of kinship, and the confederation was born. In the following years of the War of Tusk and Horn, new tribes were gradually added to the confederation as the Confederacy won more and more victories against the southerners. Not every tribe joined, however, and many unaffiliated tribes exist in the northlands that owe allegiance only to themselves.