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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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William is set to one day follow his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as the head of the Commonwealth of Nations once he becomes king.
Senator Raynelle Andreychuk made the keynote address and spoke generally about the Commonwealth of Nations, its history and the diversity of membership among the nations.
Sixty Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarships are being offered to Commonwealth students by St George's University on the Caribbean island of Grenada, representing one for each of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Australia, member of the Commonwealth of Nations, has gradually shed symbolic homage and perfunctory reports to the British crown, notes Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Despite these concerns, all members nations of the Commonwealth of Nations participated in the event.
Press clippings, caricatures, photographs and a variety of other documents will highlight the progress of the Commonwealth of Nations and focus on India's ties with this association of old British colonies, which was created by the London Declaration of 1949.
The speech to the 192 member states in New York will have the themes of leadership and the evolution of the UN and will also touch on the Commonwealth of Nations.
"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.
=93The witch hunt over the Aliyah from the Commonwealth of Nations [former = Soviet Union] in light of the solving of the family=92s murder is nothing m= ore than racism,=94 Landver said.
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.
Mr Donaldson said: "It would be good to see the Irish Republic joining the Commonwealth of nations.