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The Reichsfreiheit or Reichsunmittelbarkeit (adjectives reichsfrei, reichsunmittelbar) was a special, privileged status a city or region could attain in the Holy Roman Empire. A reichsfrei city or territory was under the direct authority of the emperor, without any intermediary liege lords. Advantages were that reichsfrei regions had the right to collect taxes and tolls themselves, and held juridical rights themselves. De facto Reichsfreiheit corresponded to a semi-independence with a far-reaching autonomy.

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This was also the case in the dukedom of Wuerttemberg, where Count Eberhard im Bart (1445-1496) established an anti-Semitic system of politics, which remained in effect well into the 19th century.
In some cases Jewish families were permitted to settle in smaller, "reichsunmittelbar" regions (self-governing rules under the Kaiser), of which there was a large number in south-west Germany prior to 1805.
Economic considerations were the core of many of these decisions, however the influence of the Enlightenment and its appeal for religious tolerance became noticeable in the 18th century.
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