It appears that Russia has taken control of Crimea without firing a shot, and is referring to it as the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” presumably with the intention of making it a puppet state of Moscow.
Definition of autonomous (adj)
- [ aw tónnəməss ]
- self-governing: politically independent and self-governing
- able to choose: able to make decisions and act on them as a free and independent moral agent
- self-sufficient: existing, reacting, or developing as an independent, self-regulating organism
I don’t believe autonomous typically is accompanied with foreign national troops occupying the nation. But, maybe that’s just me and an errant connotation.