Places where armed government forces have a strong presence are usually under militarism. A system of militarism would probably buy weapons and outfit soldiers before anything else.
Some countries govern through militarism to keep their territories under strong and often bullied rule and to let other countries know that they have guns and bombs and they're not afraid to use them — even on their own people. Militarism often is paired with other nouns like dictatorship showing the strict power of the leadership.
Definitions of militarism
a political orientation of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests
any political orientation favoring aggressive policies
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