client state

a country that is dependent on a larger and more powerful country for its political, economic, or military welfare.

1915–20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Anyone who cannot handle a dependent client state and it's lobbyists, does not have the cojones for the problems further afield.
Of course, what separates a client state from an ally is a subjective matter.
Rarely has a foreign power been so visible or so heavy-handed in promoting elections in a client state.
But this aid should given when asked for and not come with any expectations of setting up a client state.
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