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also dy·ar·chy (dī′är′kē)
n. pl. di·ar·chies also dy·ar·chies
Government by two joint rulers.


(ˈdaɪɑːkɪ) or


n, pl -chies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by two states, individuals, etc
diˈarchic, diˈarchical, diˈarchal, dyˈarchic, dyˈarchical, dyˈarchal adj


or dy•ar•chy

(ˈdaɪ ɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
a government in which power is vested in two rulers or authorities.

diarchy, dyarchy

a government controlled by two rulers; biarchy. — diarch, dyarch, n.
See also: Government
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Noun1.diarchy - a form of government having two joint rulers
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
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Oral histories from Babulo that recount the arrival of the Burmeta to the area involve elements of the myth of the 'stranger-king' and the related theme of 'the outsider installed on the inside', which serve to legitimize the authority of an external ruler over an indigenous population (Fox 1995; Sahlins 2008) and in this instance establish the basis for diarchic social organization.
Origin narratives of this general type are commonly associated with diarchic systems of leadership, in which political power over humankind and ritual authority over the cosmos are vested in complementary offices.
The remaining nine chapters that follow deal with such themes as events leading to Nkrumah's formation of the Convention Peoples' Party (CPP), the diarchic relationship with the colonial administration, and the upswings and downswings of politics in Ghana up to his overthrow in 1966.