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A military commander exercising civil power in a region, whether in nominal allegiance to the national government or in defiance of it.

war′lord′ism n.
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(Military) the practices of a warlord
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This contrast suggests that in the total crisis which confronted or was perceived by the Chinese in the twentieth century, political crisis resulting, first, from warlordism, then civil wars, and finally the Sino-Japanese War loomed much larger than economic crises, stressed by Marxist or left-wing historians.
Without these, the country has every potential to explode in the kind of warlordism or violent ethnic conflict that has emerged in parts of the old Yugoslavia and U.S.S.R.
Sources: MacKinnon, Stephen R., "The Peiyang Army, Yuan Shih-k'ai, and the Origins of Modern Chinese Warlordism," The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol.
Interviewed in Tawi-Tawi during an HNP campaign sortie, the presidential daughter warned that the proposed change in government structure might just strengthen warlordism and result to peace and order problems in the country, especially in Mindanao.
This is fueled by a number of factors: the extrajudicial killings, economic hardship, political warlordism, and the gains generated by leftist leaders who occupied key positions in the Duterte administration.
No to fragmentation of our country into 'political fiefdoms' that breeds warlordism and all types of mendicancy that breeds political patronage.
The rule of law prevails and they have structural safeguards against political warlordism, which is prevalent in our country.
He said the reasons for instability in Afghanistan were violence, ethnic divisions, weak governance, warlordism and drug trafficking.
Syed Rasul Hofyani, a student of the Journalism Faculty at the University of Parwan, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "May message to the future president is: homeland security, justice and war on corruption." He also suggested strict adherence to merit and an end to warlordism for putting Afghanistan on the road to lasting peace and political stability.
Given the Chinese Communist Party's fear of warlordism -- which played a key role in China's dismemberment after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 -- this imbalance in favor of Shenyang is odd.
In fact, the risk of becoming locked in a protracted, low-intensity war against militancy and warlordism is likely to outweigh any geopolitical advantages that the US would gain from military bases in the country.
Their topics include Liberia's Charles Taylor as a case of warlordism, minority uprising and communal violence in Nigeria, white minority regimes and liberation struggles in Rhodesia and South West Africa, Ethiopia's wars and red terror, and piracy in the Horn of Africa.