A Client State is an independent political unit which has elected (...or had forced upon it) the patronage of a more powerful political unit.
- That subordinate relationship gives such groups low sovereignty or control over their own matters.
- Client states are generally classified as sub-polities of a larger polity usually called a supra-polity.
This relationship is generally mutually-beneficial, and is essentially commercial in nature.
- That is, the political or defensive ties which may be part of any patron-client relationship are ultimately intended to promote trade between the two.
History & Background (Dossier)
Client, vassal, or subordinate states have existing since the beginning of every sophontic culture's recorded history.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Classic Traveller Supplement 8 Library Data (A-M)
- Classic Traveller The Traveller Book
- Marc Miller. Marc Miller's Traveller (Imperium Games, 1996), 185.
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science