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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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When de Klerk released Mandela in February 1990 and initiated dialogue, the Commonwealth was quick to relinquish its adversarial approach to the South African regime.
The high-water mark of commonwealth idealism in America was the agrarian populist revolt of the late 19th century.
Fifty-four countries are members of The Commonwealth and they are amongst the world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.
On Nigeria, however, the Commonwealth managed to take more decisive action.
reviewed the progress of the recommendations for reform, agreed by Commonwealth Heads in Perth; and

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