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North Korea is an impoverished autarchy.
  a political system governed by a single individual


a nation that governs itself  (in contrast to a colony or a conquered nation that is ruled by a foreign nation)
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autarchy autarchic
Strongly Associated with:   monarchy, oligarchy
More rarely, "autarchy" is used as an alternate spelling for "autarky" which references a nation that is economically self-sufficient without need of foreign trade.  As in:  "As appealing as self-sufficiency sounds, economic autarchy would bring relative poverty in an ever-shrinking world."

More rarely still, "autarchy" may reference an idealized political system in which each individual has self-rule with no government power, but this sense of "autarchy" is distinct from anarchy.
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  • North Korea is an impoverished autarchy.
  • Argentine universities were given limited autarchy late in the 19th century.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   autarchy , monarchy [3] , oligarchy [6]
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