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Arab League a confederation of nations sharing a common Arabic language and culture, formed in 1945 to promote economic, military, and political cooperation among its members, and now grown to a total of twenty-one.
Articles of Confederation a document created in 1781 that served as a set of guidelines for governing the newly formed United States of America. The Articles of Confederation created a "firm league of friendship" among the thirteen original states and maintained the majority of power in states' hands. It was replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Continental Congress the revolutionary assembly, made up of landed representatives of the American colonies, that met between 1774 and 1789 to work out a plan of government and adopted both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.
heptarchy (often cap.) the loose confederation of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the fifth to ninth centuries (often prec. by the). [1/2 definitions]
Pawnee a member of a confederation of North American Plains Indians, originally living in Kansas and Nebraska and now in northern Oklahoma. [1/2 definitions]
sachem in some North American Indian cultures such as the Iroquois, the chief of a tribe or a member of the governing body of a confederation of tribes.
Six Nations a confederation of Iroquois Indian peoples, originally including the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and expanded in the eighteenth century to include the Tuscaroras.