Aimag ( _mn. Аймаг) is a Mongolian and Turkic word for a tribe. It is also used as a term for
country subdivisions in Mongoliaand China. The name of the Aimakpeoples in central Afghanistanderives from the same root.
In Mongolia, Aimags are the first level administrative subdivision (Provinces). Each aimag is again subdivided into Sums. The capital
Ulan Batoris administrated as an independent municipality.
In the autonomous region of
Inner Mongoliain China, the traditional subdivision into aimags (leagues) had been preserved at first. The aimags represent the subdivision directly below the province level. Eventually most of the aimags were converted into prefecture level cities. As of 2004, the three aimags left are Xilin Gol, Hinggan, and Alxa.
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