A Protectorate is either is a group of two or more minor factions that are managed or minded by one or more player groups. (Who usually have a main player minor faction of their own).
Player groups may wish to manage other factions in a protectorate for multiple reasons.
- Minding the faction for another player minor faction.
- Holding an ideology that wishes to see a certain government type spread
- Helping their power turn control systems into favourable systems.