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Banate of Leitha
Unrecognized state
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map indicating present-day Burgenland in Austria,
the region where the short-lived Lajtabánság existed.
Capital Oberwart
Government Republic
Leaders Pál Prónay
Gyula Ostenburg-Moravek
István Friedrich
Historical era Interwar period
 •  Established October 4, 1921
 •  Disestablished November 5, 1921
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46)
First Austrian Republic
Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46)

Lajtabánság or Banate of Leitha (German: Leitha-Banat) was a short-lived western Hungarian state in the region where the Austrian federal state of Burgenland now exists. It existed between October 4 and November 5, 1921, following the Treaty of Trianon and the departure of the rump Kingdom of Hungary's army and before the region was annexed by Austria.

The principal leaders of the state were Pál Prónay, Count Gyula Ostenburg-Moravek and former Hungarian prime minister István Friedrich. Its military was the Rongyos Gárda ("Ragged Guards" or "Scrubby Guards"), recruited from peasants and students devoted to retaining the region rather than surrender it to Austria.

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