EIGHTEEN STATES (VASSALS):
Eighteen satellite countries around submit to one big nation-state. In a figurative sense, it means the whole world like a popular saying 'the ten thousand states', that is to say, all the countries over the world.
The old ode said: "Eighteen states stand on the first line" (Kim Co Ky Quan). Lord Master, the founder of Hoa Hao Buddhism, often referred to "To all the states and territories, may you all work together under the same roof."