The Governing Structure
The government of Ryloth is based on that of a clan/tribal system and a series of councils. Each position above Head of Family is determined by caste, status, and a vote of confidence by peers. While the political caste yields the most leaders, it is not a necessary pre-requisite for leadership. Clan leaders within cities will meet and send forth candidates for the next highest level.
The High Council is a governing body of five leaders chosen by peers and responsible for the administration and well being of Ryloth. While the Temple is not directly involved in the government, it will often be consulted to ensure actions of the council are indeed blessed by the Mother Goddess.
Click on the image below for a visual breakdown of the Governmental structures: