garrison state


Definition of garrison state

: a state organized to serve primarily its own need for military security also : a state maintained by military power

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This elaborate garrison state was put in place to allow the federal government to function after a nuclear attack. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "If Trump wanted to give himself sweeping new powers, could anyone stop him?," 13 June 2019 With no domestic pressure on the generals to reform, Pakistan will remain what the Singaporean scholar Tan Tai Yong calls a garrison state dominated by the army. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "With Sharif’s Ouster, Pakistan Takes a Step Backward," 30 July 2017

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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