Yeah i didnt want to go into details. I just wanted to point out that all ancient "republics" were not republics in modern sence. Common folks didnt have much saying in politics. Slavic people had their Knezi, Boyars, etc. In Carantania and possibily Carniola it was like this;

Common folks = no role in politics (maybe on local level?).
Kosezi = voting class.
Knez = elected by Kosezi class. Knez was probably member of some kind of plemstvo.

Well, Knez is borowed Proto-German *kuningaz, it is etymologicaly King. Being somewhere between feudalism and tribal system Slavs have somewhat confusing societies ;D There was elements of democracy, oligarchy, autocracy etc. SImilar patter could be traced among Germanic tribes. But basically, your political might was derived from your military record. If you bear weapon you got your share of political influence.
Most common differentitaion was Knez ruler, military and politicial leader, core military units and tribal leaders, embrionical nobility, free men available for conscription, this was most people, they participated in skupštine and veća. Also there were slaves, women children, foreigners etc. 


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