Just as a satellite
remains trapped in the orbit of a larger body, a satellite country
is a nation that is helplessly trapped within the sphere of influence
of a much larger, powerful country. Satellite countries are thus often virtual colonies
with little independence.
The most frequently-cited examples of satellite countries were dominated by the USSR (Warsaw Pact). They included:
Other superpowers, including the United States
, Nazi Germany
, are sometimes also said to have had satellite countries.