subgovernment

noun
sub·gov·ern·ment | \ ˌsəb-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -və-mənt ; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt , -vᵊm- \
variants: or sub-government
plural subgovernments or sub-governments

Definition of subgovernment 

: a secondary or subordinate government : an informal or unofficial association of persons or institutions that exercises considerable influence on a formal government or organization It was an opportunity to enter the elite world of intellectuals and military men who form a subgovernment within the executive branch. —Neil Sheehan … a peek into the secret subgovernment of the Cold War. —Richard Reeves

First Known Use of subgovernment

1841, in the meaning defined above

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