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autonomy

independence; the quality or condition of being self-governing

despot

a ruler having absolute power or authority; a person who exercises power oppressively; a tyrant

feudal

characteristic of a social and economic system of government used in Europe, whereby a person, in return from being granted control of land, owed service and loyalty to a lord

hegemony

dominion or control, particularly of one country over others; dominant influence or authority

hierarchy

an order of persons or entities classified according to authority, rank, or importance

prerogative

a right or privilege, particularly a hereditary or official one, held by a person or group

regime

a government or any other administrative organ in power

sovereign

the chief of state, usually in a monarchy (adj) self-governing; independent; having the highest rank or supreme power

totalitarian

referring to a government that exercises control over all aspect of life

usurp

to seize and retain the rights, over, property, or position of another without legal authority

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