Rulers: Federated States of Micronesia

Traditional polities


Note: The principal islands (corresponding to the current states of the federation) are Pohnpei (formerly Ponape), Kosrae (formerly Kusaie), Yap (Wa'ab in Yapese), and Chuuk (formerly Truk). This record deals mainly with Pohnpei, although at the end is included Kapingamarangi, a lone Polynesian island in the FSM.

Pohnpei

The legendary name of the polity is Deleur, and its ruler was styled Sau Deleur. The last Sau Deleur was overthrown by Isohkelekel, who founded the first of the five traditional states: Madolenihmw, U (also spelled Uh), Kitti, Sokehs, Nett (also spelled Net). The ruler of each of these states is styled Nahnmwarki, though each state has a special alternate title that is used to refer to the Nahnmwarki of that particular area. The names beginning with Luhken- are so-called edenpwel (burial names).

Madolenihmw

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Isipau)
       1628?-         ...  Isohkelekel [first chief]
        ... -         ...  Musei Maur [second chief]
        ... -         ...  Luhkenmalada
        ... -        1836  Luhkenkasik
       1836 -    Sep 1854  Luhkenkidu                         (b. ... - d. 1854)
   Sep 1854 -  5 Jun 1855  Luhkenmweiu                        (b. ... - d. 1855)
       1855 -        1896  Paul
        ... -         ...  Hezekiah
        ... -         ...  Solomon
        ... -        19..  Alexander
       1932 -        1966  Moses Hadley                       (b. 1894? - d. 1966)
       1966 -    May 1980  Samuel Hadley                      (b. ... - d. 1980)
       1980 - 31 May 1990  Salter Salvador Hadley             (b. 1923? - d. 1990)
      *2009 -              Kerpet Hebel

U

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Sangoro)
        ... -         ...  Luhkenmusei [first chief]
        ... -         ...  Eluit
      *1953 -        1960  Edmond
       1960 - 30 Sep 1991  Johnny Moses                       (b. 1900? - d. 1991)
       199. -  3 Nov 1999  Manasa Edgar                       (b. ... - d. 1999)
   Nov 1999 -              Welter John

Kitti

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Soukiseleng)
        ... -         ...  Mikel
        ... -         ...  Paul
        ... -         ...  Sigismundo
      *1965 -        1968  Benito
       1968 -    Sep 1972  Albert Domsin                      (b. ... - d. 1972)
       1972 -  1 Feb 1992  Benito Peter                       (b. 1928? - d. 1992)
       199. -  8 Oct 1996  Weldemar Thomson                   (b. ... - d. 1996)
       1996 -        199.  Ropohl Luhk
       199. -  4 May 2000  Bernard Ioakim                     (b. ... - d. 2000)
       2000 -              Alter Paul

Sokehs

       1911                following a rebellion the Germans remove all inhabitants
                           to Palau and Yap; they are returned after World War I

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Lepen Palikir)
      *1875*               Keimw Sapwasap
     c.1900                Francisco
17 Oct 1910 - 23 Feb 1911  Somatau
                           (head of the rebellion against German colonial power)
      *1963 - 14 Jul 1972  Kalio Artui                        (b. ... - d. 1972)
      *1984*               Ioanis Artui
      *1997 -              Herculano C. Kohler

Nett

Chiefs (title Nahnmwarki, alternate title Lepen Nett)
      *1875*               Keimw Sapwasap
      *191.*               Nicholas
       19.. -        19..  Kalisto
       19.. -        19..  Eduardo
       19.. -        1946  Saturlino
       1946 -        1969* Max Iriarte
      *1984*               Frederick Iriarte
       19.. - 16 Oct 1996  Ioanis Iriarte                     (b. ... - d. 1996)
       1996 -              Constantino Oyama

Kapingamarangi

Chiefs (title Ariki)
        ... -         ...  Tukia
        ... -         ...  Rangatau
        ... -         ...  Kaukau
        ... -         ...  Inaina
        ... -         ...  Heriri
        ... -         ...  Rongotapu
        ... -         ...  Tuira
        ... -         ...  Tikioto
        ... -         ...  Hakatautai
        ... -         ...  Takame-ara
        ... -         ...  Mihe
        ... -         ...  Takataka
        ... -         ...  Tairot
        ... -         ...  Inatua
        ... -         ...  Hoira
        ... -         ...  Petok
        ... -         ...  Taurakina
        ... -         ...  Makiatia
Chiefs (title Tangata e Putu Tana Henua; from 1910, Kingi)
        ... -         ...  Makiatia
        ... -      c.1860  Takahihi
     c.1860 -      c.1870  Tikoro "Totonu"
     c.1870 -        18..  Hakana?
       18.. -        18..  Hakapeke
       18.. -        18..  Wekeia
       18.. -      c.1880  Poiaka
     c.1880 -        18..  Hakana
       18.. -      c.1890  Maehua
     c.1890 -        1922  Tawehi
       1922 -        1927  Atiuro
       1927 -        1929  Hetapuae
       1929 - 10 Dec 1949  Deved                              (b. ... - d. 1949)
       1949 -        1954* Tuiai
      *1997 -              Andrew Lucky