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Independent republic created by Romanians? (3,6)


I believe the answer is:

san marino

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'independent republic' is the definition.
'san marino' can be an answer for 'republic' (San Marino is a European country). I am unsure of the 'independent' bit.

'by romanians?' is the wordplay.
'romanians' anagrams to 'SAN MARINO'.
Though, I'm not clear how the anagram is indicated.

'created' is the link.

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(Other definitions for san marino that I've seen before include "No marinas in this small republic in NE Italy" , "Small state within Italy" , "Independent republic, enclave of Italy near Rimini" , "Italian-speaking country" , "Romanians (anag) - European enclave" .)

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