Overall Assembly of Montenegrins (Opste crnogorski zbor) and Assembly
of the Chieftains (Zbor glavara) were clans' institutions, convoked from time to time to
solve questions of common interest. They made decisions about war and peace, chose
prince-bishops (vladikas) and permanent chiefs (guvernadurs, serdars, vojvodas) and later
even brought the laws. Overall Assembly of Montenegrins was convoked until 1852, and Assembly
of the Chieftains until 1879.
Assembly of the Chieftains
in Cetinje, Montenegrin capital
Montenegrin Chieftains write to
Russian Emperor, Peter the Great, on 21 October 1711, WE ALL
ABOVE MENTIONED CLANS AND CHIEFS UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING AND BOWED OUR HEADS TO YOUR
EMPEROR. WE ACCEPTED YOUR REPRESENTATIVE, MIHAILO MILORADOVIC, AS OUR COMMANDER AND
COLONEL. WITH HAPPINESS WE ACCEPTED HIM, FINE AND BRAVE, GOOD IN BATTLE, AS LIKE AS HIS
ANCESTORS HAD BEEN CHOSEN IN THE TIME OF OUR VENERABLE AND HOLY DECEASED SERB EMPERORS.
In September 1742, the Chieftains of
Montenegro and Highlands write to Russian Empress and express themselves in the letter WE ARE OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX FAITH, SONS OF THE EASTERN CHURCH WHO LIVE IN THE SERB
LANDS - SKENDERIJA, MONTENEGRO AND THE SEACOAST.
In the letter of Montenegrin
Chieftains to Head of Little Russia, in 1752, it is said WE LIVE IN THE DISTANT SERB LANDS, IN THE REGION OF MONTENEGRO.
In the letter to Superior of
Kotor, Justinian Bert, on 24 October 1756, Montenegrin Chieftains say
WE ARE OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LAW OF THE EASTERN CHURCH, OF THE HONORABLE AND
GLORIOUS SLAV-SERB KIN.
In June 1789, Montenegrin Chieftains, in the name of
THE ENTIRE SERB MONTENEGRIN COMMUNITY, write to Russian Empress Katarina II and say WE
SERBS MONTENEGRINS HOPE THAT WE SHALL NOT BE LEFT WITHOUT HELP and add
IF WE COULD HAVE ORGANIZATION AND MUNITION, WE WOULD LIBERATE OUR
GLORIOUS SERB LANDS ENTIRELY FROM THE BARBARIAN YOKE, TOGETHER WITH OUR ARMED SERB BROTHERS WHO
AIM TO ATTACK THIS ENEMY FROM THE ALL SIDES.
Montenegrin Chieftains write to Senate of Venice, in 1792, THANK GOD, WE ARE OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX
FAITH AND LAW, OF THE SERB GLORIOUS HEROISM AND LANGUAGE.