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This title is Kalo'mte'. It is elsewhere carried only by the rulers of the most powerful Maya kingdoms. Simon Martin (as cited by David Stuart in his paper) suggests a rough translation of "emperor", with a sense of being an overlord over conquered territories. Siyaj K'ak' goes on to install a new king in Tikal, and there is evidence that he supervises accessions to rulership elsewhere in the Maya lowlands, quite possibly including Palenque. He seems to act as the representative of Mexican control.

Glyph D18 of Stela 31. Photo: Mark Van Stone.