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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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8) See A Berriedale Keith, 'Introduction: The Constitutional Development of the British Empire in Regard to the Dominions and India from 1887 to 1933' in Gerald E H Palmer, Consultation and Co-operation in the British Commonwealth: A Handbook on the Methods and Practice of Communication between the Members of the British Commonwealth of Nations (Oxford University Press, 1934) xv, xxxv-xxxvi.
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.
With its self-confidence reborn since the restoration of the Scottish Parliament, our ambitious, forward-looking nation is ready to play its part in renewing our 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.
Formerly known as the British Commonwealth of Nations, it is a loose association of former British colonies, dependencies and other territories - and Mozambique, which has no historical ties to Britain.
THE coronation of Elizabeth II heralds a new era of the Commonwealth of Nations, in the concluding episode, narrated by Art Malik.
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.
The memo notes that `the Commonwealth of nations is lagging behind current international efforts to acknowledge and protect the rights of Indigenous communities' but that `there are cases of good practice among the fifty-four states which give much scope for active precedent'.
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.

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