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At the time, Panama was a vassal of the United States, with Americans in control of the Panama Canal and the strip of land that straddled it, the U.S. Canal Zone.
The first was alipin namamahay, the slave who had his or her own house and family and, like a vassal, was expected to help the master during harvests, raids, trade, and feasts.
Mr. Lee, widely regarded as the No. 2 in Lotte, was one of the professional executives commonly known in South Korea as vassals, for their loyalty to the families that control the business empires.
Throughout the 1950s, the Kremlin shared its new rifles with like-minded states and ordered its Warsaw Pact vassals to produce them.
George W. Bush launched a disastrous war in Iraq, which drained the country’s riches, bled its military and, in the end, left Iraq as a de facto Iranian vassal.
Right here in the middle of Republicanistan, one small vassal municipality can’t draw its gun without shooting itself in the foot.
Rather than turn Qatar into a subservient vassal state, the feud with Saudi Arabia has split the Gulf in a way that looks increasingly permanent.
The Qatari royal family, too, has little inclination to capitulate and transform its emirate into a Saudi vassal state.
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