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 (sā′trə-pē, -trăp′ē, săt′rə-pē)
n. pl. sa·tra·pies
1. The territory or sphere under the rule of a satrap.
2. A nation, state, territory, or area controlled as if by a satrap: "No military legions from the West are going to liberate their Eastern European satrapies" (John Hughes).
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n, pl -trapies
(Historical Terms) the province, office, or period of rule of a satrap
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(ˈseɪ trə pi, ˈsæ-)

n., pl. -trap•ies.
the province or jurisdiction of a satrap.
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Persian Empire, the system of provincial governments ruled by satraps, each of whom answered to the Persian emperor.
See also: Government
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The US military presence still protects economic interests, notably in Saudi Arabia and other oil satrapies, and a bigger military budget may now allow the United States to control the oil fields of other regional states as well, but the extent and duration of that control, and whether it will increase the strategic leverage of the United States over the region, remain highly problematic and in doubt.
Mairs shapes her argument around three textual dossiers--the late Achaemenid and early Hellenistic Aramaic documents, probably from the satrapal archive at Bactra; Greek receipt ostraca from Ai' Khanoum's treasury; and a couple of Greek parchments from the late third- and second-century Graeco-Bactrian kingdom--that together demonstrate a bureaucratic organization resembling that of other Achaemenid satrapies or Hellenistic kingdoms.
Of these, Akkadian and Elamite gained an early powerbase in Persia though Aramaic became important early and dominated outside of the core provinces or satrapies in later years.
Multiple empires and multiple lesser satrapies and realms have disintegrated and dematerialised through the past three of four millennia.
Thus, for Marx, a modern nation-state - whether (like Italy or his own native Germany) it had united a number of smaller feudal satrapies, or whether (like Poland or Pakistan) it had crystallised and opted out of a larger state entity - was a product of the capitalist stage of human social evolution and was therefore provisional upon the development of capital in a particular society.
The section on Babylon, the Upper Satrapies, and the Iranian Peoples discusses such topics as aspects of Seleucid iconography and kingship, and the Scythians and the eastern limits of the Greek influence: the Pazyryk culture and its foreign artistic influences.
*** That Of Yemen Will Serve Two Purposes: Giving The Empire Mastery Over The Arabian And Red Seas; And Splitting The Arabian Peninsula Into Seven Or Eight Satrapies, With Each To Be Administered By A Safawi Satrap To Be Named By The Supreme Guide Of A Theocracy Which Should Ultimately Become Global
Justice could be slow in coming or suborned, but the system was not one of unbridled satrapies, vigilante justice or uncontrolled brutality.
C'est dans son chapitre sur << democratisation et internationalisation>> qu'Achille Mbembe montre qu' << Aujourd'hui encore, elle [la France] est connue, a tort ou a raison, pour son soutien le plus tenace, le plus retors et le plus indefectible aux satrapies les plus corrompues du continent et aux regimes qui, justement, ont toume le dos a la cause africaine.>> p.
We think that there is a clear and compelling distinction between management's legitimate need for freedom to apply its expertise in matters of day-to-day business judgment, and management's patently illegitimate claim of power to treat modern corporations with their vast resources as personal satrapies implementing personal political or moral predilections.