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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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"The baton's journey symbolises the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth of nations, and enables communities beyond the host city to share the Games celebrations.
There has been much scholarly debate in recent years over the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations: was this a shining example of British pragmatism and sense of fair play or was it a calculated realisation that after 1945 the UK could simply no longer afford an empire.
So many can trace their origins to the likes of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica - this Commonwealth of nations.
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. In order to reflect the past, present and future of Canada, it was decided that the Canadian Victoria Cross be cast in an alloy that consists of three types of metal: the gunmetal used in the production of the British Victoria Cross, metal from a Canadian medal minted in 1867 in commemoration of the Confederation of Canada, and metals from all regions of the country.
The founder of Baha'ism, Baha'u'llah, embraced the creation of a world commonwealth of nations as a central tenet of the faith.
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.N.
The Empire was a "Commonwealth of Nations", an association which embraced bodies of greatly varying legal status....
Even the name itself--Commonwealth--comes with heavy baggage even though the Commonwealth Secretariat says it was influenced by the term, "Commonwealth of Nations" used in a speech in Adelaide in Australia on 18 January 1884 by Lord Rosebery, who later became British prime minister between 1894 and 1895.
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.

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