Puppet State
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Basic Information

A puppet state represents a nation whose government is effectively controlled by a foreign power.

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Game and Story Use

  • Odds are that there will be one or more revolutionary groups trying to overthrow the puppet government - with the player characters supporting either faction or just trying to balance them against each other.
    • Especially if the PCs become aware that there is no real possibility of defeating the controlling power and/or that the price of doing so would be horrifically high. The players may then find themselves trying to make sure that the level of unrest doesn't become such that the controllers are "forced" to intervene.
    • Of course, law enforcement in a puppet state might contain a lot of people who aren't that interested in protecting the interests of the controlling power as long as it isn't provoked too much.
  • Maybe the controlling power is not a foreign government - but some other agency pulling the strings behind the scenes, such as vampires, demons, aliens or even stranger beings.
  • In a fantasy or science fiction setting, one intelligent species which has conquered others might install puppet governments consisting of members of the local species to reduce tensions - while making it clear that it is still them who are ultimately in charge.
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