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German Emperors bore the title of Warlord (German: Kriegsherr), sometimes as a formal label of honour, sometimes in grim earnest.
More recently the word warlord has become a general pejorative term that refers to a person who has de facto military control of a subnational area by virtue of military force which is personally obedient to that warlord.
With the collapse of the Somali central government, groups of rival warlords constitute the only form of authority there.
Historical warlordism in Japan
During most of the 16th century, before the Tokugawa era, Japan was tormented by repeated wars among rival warlords. Each warlord had several castles, neighbouring land with peasants, and a private army of samurais.
Among the most powerful were:
Historical warlordism in China
Chinese warlords include:
- Chang Tso-lin -- "Old Marshall" or "Mukden Tiger".
- Chang Hsüeh-liang -- "Young Marshall".
- Feng Yü-hsiang -- "The Christian General".
- Gongsun Kang
- Gongsun Yuan
- Pai Ch'ung-hsi
- Puxian Wannu
- Sheng Shicai
- Sun Jian
- Yuan Shao
- Yen Hsi-shan -- "The Model Governor".
- Cao Cao
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