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Development of eastern nation (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

estate

Here is my best explanation:

'development' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'eastern nation' is the subsidiary indication.

'eastern' becomes 'e'.

'nation' becomes 'state' ('state' can be a synonym of 'nation').

'e'+'state'='estate'

'of' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for estate that I've seen before include "Large piece of land with a large house", "All of one's assets after death", "Extent of one's property", "The whole of one's possessionsat death", "Scheme of new housing", "Park it", "Rank - housing development - what's left in a will", "Possessions at the time of death", "Desmene" and "The whole of a deceased person's assets".)

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