Many of the elder Kindred have been destroyed or knocked into torpor. This has created a new political structure in the Bay Area, there are many smaller fiefdoms with their own ‘Princes', often called Barons (or Baronesses) or Dukes (Duchesses), operating under a central government with a King (read ‘prince'). These fiefdoms are not firm geographical areas, but instead represent areas of influence and to a lesser degree area.
As a nod to former Prince, Arye, there are seven Dukes operating in the Bay Area (one of each clan). Thus insuring a direct tie to the aristocracy for all Kindred (or so they say). The King is chosen by nomination and vote of the Dukes. The current standing (albeit temporary) King is Michael Timmons.
As a side note advisors to the individual Dukes are referred to as Marquees (Marchioness) or Lords/Ladies.
Duke (or Duchess)