satellite state

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satellite state (plural satellite states)

A map showing bloc confrontation during the Cold War. Countries painted in pink are Soviet satellite states.
  1. A country that is formally independent, but under heavy influence or control from another country.
    Coordinate terms: client state, vassal state
    • 2021 [1956], Elis Biörklund, International Atomic Policy During a Decade [] , Routledge, →ISBN, page 84:
      From this may be gathered, as is often confirmed by the press in the satellite states, that the Soviet Union has become more interested in the military protection of the industries of the satellite states.


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