The state executive branch consists of state governors and lieutenant-governors, popularly elected for four-year terms. The state legislative branch consists of members popularly elected on the basis of proportional representation, numbering twenty in Pohnpei, thirty in Truk, thirteen in Kosrae, and nine in Yap. Municipalities are districts composed of a number of small communities (sections), some of which may be located in different islands.
Municipal government is considered by many to be the most important level of government in Micronesia. The leaders of local bodies are generally tribal chiefs, who are considered to be more important figures than nationally elected politicians by a sizable body of Micronesians. The Council of Chiefs can veto any legislation it considers detrimental to traditional ways.