Puppet state

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A puppet state is a country that is officially independent but is not so in practice. Puppet governments are usually kept in power by military force provided by an occupying country and are strongly controlled. Puppet states are generally not internationally recognized by most countries, except by the countries which control them and by a few other countries.

It is a biased term and is used in criticizing the government of the alleged puppet state.

Examples[change | change source]

Examples of puppet states before World War II are:

World War II[change | change source]

In World War II the Axis countries created some puppet states, like:

After Italy surrendered in World War II the Italian Social Republic was a puppet state created by Germany.

Cold War[change | change source]

During the Cold War (1945-1989) these Eastern European countries were puppet states of the Soviet Union:

Next are economic puppets:

  • Austria (mostly in the north east including Vienna and the old Soviet occupation zone until 1955) (Soviet Union)

In some of these countries the people overthrew the government, but each time they did that (before 1989) the Soviet Union and some of its other puppet states invaded and put the old government back in power. The Soviet Union had also some puppet states outside Europe, such as Mongolia. Some of these countries had more independence from the Soviet Union. For example, the Romanian government sided against the Soviets when they went into Czechoslovakia.

The United States also had some puppet states during the Cold War:

post-cold war[change | change source]

Now[change | change source]

There are these countries that can be called puppet states at the time of 2022

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References[change | change source]

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  2. Alvi, F. Haider. "The U.S. failed in Afghanistan by trying to moralize with bullets and bombs". The Conversation. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
  3. Al-Arshani, Sarah. "A Trump-appointed former senior advisor to the secretary of defense says Russian forces were 'too gentle' on Ukraine and called Zelensky a 'puppet'". Business Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved 19 March 2023.