from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A military commander exercising civil power in a region, whether in nominal allegiance to the national government or in defiance of it.
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- n. A high military officer in a warlike nation.
- n. A local ruler or bandit leader usually where the government is weak.
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- n. supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak
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The term warlord is applied to the commanders of the Afghan resistance who fell out with each other after the defeat of the Soviets.
This NY Times article on a Pentagon-funded Afghani warlord is classic - the US military has anointed an illiterate highway police officer with more wealth (gets paid $2.5 million/month!!), and more power than any democratically elected or appointed official in the region!
Another Northern Alliance warlord is running for first VP.
The Bible Belt that we see through the eyes of Rakkim Epps, a Moslem “shadow warrior” assigned to penetrate the top secret project of a charismatic warlord, is weak, backward, fragmented, superstitious, corrupt and in thrall to foreign powers, yet it is also freer, more tolerant and more hopeful than its Islamic counterpart.
A Chinese warlord is involve, reminding Gibson of the Shadow, and plenty of cameos, most significantly by Doc Smith and Robert Heinlein, among others.
In June the main Somali warlord, Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, for whom food was a weapon in his power struggle, ambushed a U.N. force, killing 24 Pakistanis.
The Somali warlord is dead and that’s now how he saw himself in the future is it?
The combination of style and flair for adventure is quite astonishing as this decades old tale eventual teams the title warlord and the extremely dark-skinned Eric John Stark.
Now Bryan writes, statements like "To break a warlord equilibrium, you need government" only confuse us.
The warlord was a born warrior and a powerful necromancer.