Each tribe elects a Councilor who acts as a magistrate for his or her tribe. Once a year, the Councilors gather for the Great Council meeting to resolve disputes and help tribes in need.
Only during times of great duress do the councilors unanimously elect a High Councilor that has the authority to do what is necessary to navigate the trying times. Thankfully, the position has long been vacant. However, according to an ancient tradition, if any racer wins the Great Race five years in a row, he earns the honor of naming the High Councilor. This has not happened in generations, but the Pirate King has won four races in a row, and it seems there is no racer who can challenge him.