a nation or its affairs likened to a ship under sail.
ship of state
The nation, as in We can’t help but wonder who will be steering our ship of state a hundred years from now. This metaphoric expression was first recorded in English in a translation of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince (1675).


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