puppet state

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Noun1.puppet state - a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
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The Manchurian Incident of September 1931 and the subsequent takeover of the region by Japan, allowed the Kwantung Army and the military, as a whole, to build an imperium in imperio in the area through the puppet-state of Manchukuo.
He was taken by his family to Mukden when he was barely a year old and thus spent his early years in the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo.