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COMMONWEALTH, government. A commonwealth is properly a free state, or republic, having a popular or representative government. The term has been, applied to the government of Great Britain. It is not applicable to absolute governments. The states composing the United States are, properly, so many commonwealths.
     2. It is a settled principle, that no sovereign power is amenable to answer suits, either in its own courts or in those of a foreign country, unless by its own consent. 4 Yeates, 494.

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In 1949, the British Commonwealth was replaced by the Commonwealth of Nations with the adoption of the London Declaration, in which members were no longer required to have the British Monarch as sovereign, but could have their own head of state and were required to only recognise the British Monarch as Head of the Commonwealth.
Tat a pernicious kind of colonial mentality should persist in sixteen pre-independence constitutional monarchies in the Commonwealth of Nations is perhaps only to be expected.
The medal, which will be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces or allied armed forces for extreme bravery, pays tribute to the original British Victoria Cross, which was awarded to members of armed forces in the Commonwealth of Nations.
And the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson and Alliance's Sean Neeson urged the South to also return after 58 years to the Commonwealth of nations.
Among the international repercussions, he said, Fiji is likely to be suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations and disqualified from participating in U.
Both English and French are official languages in Canada, a country that also belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States, the international organization of French-speaking states and other international bodies.
Today, many former British colonies belong to the Commonwealth of Nations, which includes about 50 independent countries that once lived under British rule.
A The Commonwealth of Nations, to give it its full title, is a family of 54 developed and developing countries, a voluntary association of independent sovereign states.
During February, Zimbabwe was dropped from the Commonwealth of Nations and the EU announced that it had cancelled US$110 million in aid as well.
In terms of the Commonwealth of Nations, the developing countries are likely to be the most severely affected by climate change, while the developed members are expected to suffer less.
The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of governments and people of 54 independent countries around the world.