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The Great Trunk Mother
Uually abreviated to the Great Mother, she is an absolute monarch, however this power is ameliorated by the strong emphasis that Salsham'ai culture places on responsibility and duty both to the people they rule and the land they inhabit. The Trunk Mothers that make up the Great Council rule their regions on her behalf. She has direct responsibility over the capital Thalsa and on foreign policy and defence.

The Council has the power to confirm which of the Great Mother's daughters will be named heir and can replace the current Great Mother if all agree that she has become unable or unfit to rule (a rare event, although there have been cases where the Great Mother has voluntarily abdicated in her heir's favour). Thus they have the power to prevent a ruler from abusing her otherwise absolute power.

Each regional Trunk Mother is advised by a council made up of the Lesser Trunk Mothers who govern the larger villages in that region, who in turn are advised by a council of Branch Mothers - leaders of the neighbourhood communities and smaller villages in the surrounding areas. Advancement is a combination of family connections and merit, a Branch Mother will choose the best female relative (whether by blood or marriage) to succeed her and the council of Branch Mothers can vote to rotate the office of Lesser Trunk Mother to another family. Trunk Mothers are less frequently removed.

Mothers of all levels are responsible for the collection of taxes, administering justice, providing for the local garrison and ensuring that all the people in their community are cared for. They also have a major responsibility to protect their forest homeland from overexploitation and incursions by other races.

The Military
The military is responsible for defence, policing and other emergency work. Each local garrison is under the jurisdiction of the local Trunk or Branch Mother

Their ranking system reflects their environment with soldiers being "Leaves", "Twigs", "Lesser Branches", "Branches", "Greater Branches" etc., with "Roots" an elite, scouting and intelligence gathering group. The common weapons are arrows, slings, axes and short clubs and they are also skilled at trap setting.

They have a small navy, having borrowed the idea from the Empire, comprising mostly small and swift ships used mostly for scouting and communications.

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All political roles are taken by women, they are seen as the mothers of the family. However in ordinary life and education there is little distinction. In the military the gender ratio is slightly weighted on the male side as they do tend to be stronger but there is a substantial amount of women as well.