What does 'pinoc' in The Man in the High Castle mean? I had the feeling it is someone subordinate but I did not find an exact explanation in the book.
It is an epithet for the puppet government of the Pacific States of America:
Since he had never been able to make out Wyndam-Matson's relationship to the pinocs — the puppet white government at Sacramento — he could not fathom his ex-employer's power to sway the real authorities, the Japanese.
Although I do not think this is ever explicitly mentioned in the book, I believe the word derives from the name of the fictional puppet Pinocchio.