A protectorate was a planet or region which existed under the protection (or control, if the term was used euphemistically) of another more powerful group.

The Evora homeworld became a protectorate of the United Federation of Planets in 2375. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

The formal term "Federation protectorate status" was used in an unseen PADD on the Evora. According to a deleted scene, Ba'ku was also slated to become a protectorate.

Coppelius became a Federation protectorate in 2399. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Haven, seemingly not a Federation member world, had a treaty with the Federation which required the Federation to protect it, and thus may also have had protectorate status.

Raatooras, an Arin'Sen colony, was a protectorate of the Klingon Empire before the Klingons abandoned the planet. (ENT: "Judgment")

On Kelemane's planet, the Central Protectorate was located on a subcontinent in the southern hemisphere. (VOY: "Blink of an Eye")

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