They wanted independence or, barring that, an American-administered protectorate.
The British ruled it as a protectorate from 1868 until 1968 and dominated the security services for decades afterward.
As an 11-year-old growing up in Somaliland, then a British protectorate, Edna Adan Ismail had a powerful dream.
A relationship between a strong sovereign nation and a weak nation or area not recognized as a nation. Once the strong nation has established a protectorate over a weak nation, it can control the latter's affairs.