The Miss America Organization has terminated the licensing contracts of at least four state title competitions and asked other state pageant organizers to explain why they aided in the mutiny plot.

The MAO’s purge of rebellious state pageant leaders is the latest development in a turbulent year for the organization, and comes after months of turmoil over concerns about a lack of transparency or decisions, including the one to eliminate the swimsuit portion of the competition during this year’s finals in Atlantic City.

The terminations — as well as a less severe warning of possible probation — have been aimed at state pageant leaders who opposed Board Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, both of whom took control of the nearly 100-year-old pageant this year. Past terminations have resulted in transfer of the franchise to new organizations and the placement of new directors in charge of state pageants.