Vichy was a full sovereign state, but Salo's existence depended of german protection
Your post about Vichy (army, fleet, international recognition etc...) seems only for the period before november 1942
a full sovereign state ? :
France was divided in various zones, even the southern "free" zone (french terminology) was named "indirectly controlled zone
" by the germans, how could it be a "full sovereign" state when Germany occupied France and controlled Vichy France since june 1940, or when a state, Germany, interfere even in french diplomatic relations with others states (forbidden with Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg Norway Poland...) and Laval he wasn't put into power by the Germans ?
on the other hand seeing the datas about RSI Army the French Armistice Army wasn't used against the French Resistance or fought with the Germans, there was a even a major Resistance network raised from this army, Vichy armed forces were anti-collaborationnist anti-germans, RSI was a true facist force allied to the Nazis and Axis and never lost their armed forces (having even some units in France until 8th may 1945), Vichy France was more a neutral state from this point of view when it had a free zone, army, fleet, air forces and empire, losing all that in november 1942
are the two only collaborationnist states in Europe, the others are Axis allies (Romania Hungary) or occupied countries with a collaboration policy or collaborators govts (Vichy, Serbia, Greece..), not the same thing that collaborationnist policy or government, many members usually write both terms often indistinctly but I am not sure that they really understand the exact meaning of the words they are writing