Klingon High Council

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The High Council (also referred to as the Imperial Command or High Command) was the legislature and ruling body of the Klingon Empire.

Located in the Klingon capital of Qo'noS, the First City, it was comprised of some two dozen representatives of the most powerful houses and headed by a Council Chancellor of the Klingon High Council|Chancellor. The members of the Council were charged with overseeing the welfare of the Klingon Empire and its citizens, with each member usually heading a major department. When the Council was summoned to determine policies, the input from each department head was used. They met in the Great Hall.

Women generally could not serve on the Council, though there were exceptions.

The Council had a long history of political intrigue, as the Great Houses battled for control over the Empire. Assassinations, duels, and hostilities were common during power struggles. When the Council Chancellor of the Klingon High Council|chancellor was deposed, either through assassination or other means, a Rite of Succession was performed to instate the new chancellor. As with all Klingon occasions, a dose of honorable battle was inevitable, after which the two remaining contenders were to fight it out for the coveted position.

History

In 2371, Gowron and the High Council sent the Intelligence operatives Morka, Bo'rak, and Atul to Deep Space 9 to spy on a Romulan delegation

After Worf opposed the invasion of the Cardassian Union, Gowron had Kurn expelled from the High Council.

In 2373, the High Council decided to provide the Maquis with cloaking devices to help them fight the Cardassians.

Later that year, the Council gave General Martok a mission to find the IKS B'Moth, which had disappeared near the Cardassian border. They also told him not to not enter Cardassian space. However, the IKS Rotarran was required to do so when the B'Moth was discovered to have drifted over the border. The Council did not reprimand Martok for crossing the border, as they viewed the rescue of thirty-five Klingons and the destruction of a Jem'Hadar fighter as justification for doing so.

In the early months of the Dominion War, the High Council assigned the Rotarran to escort a convoy to Donatu V. It was the only starship they could spare.

In 2375, Martok often had to send reports to the Council, something which irked him greatly.

Later that year, Martok expressed his belief that the Council would not accept him as chancellor for being a common man from the Ketha lowlands in Ketha Province. Worf believed that Martok's reverence by the troops would force the Council to accept him. Worf later challenged Gowron, calling him unfit to lead the council.

In an alternate timeline in which Captain Benjamin Sisko suffered temporal displacement, Worf was able to persuade the High Council to let the USS Defiant enter the Klingon-controlled Bajoran system to attempt a rescue.