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Royal free city
or free royal city
was the official term for the most important cities in the Kingdom of Hungary
The Kingdom of Hungary comprised present-day Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia , Transylvania , Carpatho Ruthenia , Vojvodina , Burgenland , and other smaller territories surrounding present-day Hungary's borders...
from the 15th century until the early 20th century. These cities were granted certain privileges by the king to limit the control of the Hungarian nobility, hence "royal", and exercised some self-government in relation to their internal affairs, hence "free".
The term "royal free city" in the languages of the kingdom is:
The status was similar to the Free Cities in the Holy Roman Empire.
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