Vinaka was initially controlled by a supermajority which was formed against the Triforce alliance. However, the majority quickly fractured because of internal conflict, and in the end two rival coalitions were formed - one led by David Wright and the other led by Zeke Smith. Ultimately, David's alliance managed to get the upper hand and proceeded to eliminate the rival alliance.
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- Vinaka is the first tribe in Survivor to result from the merging of three tribes.
- The tribe's name was suggested by Adam Klein as a tribute to Earl Cole, who suggested the same name for Survivor: Fiji's merged tribe before Bula Bula was chosen.
- Vinaka is the second merged tribe whose name means "thank you" in its season's host language, after Orkun.