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An autonomous republic is a type of administrative division similar to a province or state. A significant number of autonomous republics can be found within the successor states of the Soviet Union, but the majority are located within Russia. Many of these republics were established during the Soviet period as Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republics, or ASSRs.[1]

Autonomous republics within the former republics of the Soviet Union

Main article: Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republics

Eastern Europe

French territories

The designation also can refer to the following 16 former French territories in Africa before 1960, when all gained independence, except for Djibouti, which voted in a referendum to remain part of France as an overseas department:

See also


  1. ^ Unione Sovietica (1980). "The Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic". In William Bradford Simons (ed.). The Soviet Codes of Law, Issue 23. Translated by Simons, William B. Brill. p. 25. ISBN 9789028608108.