Commonwealth of Nations

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Commonwealth of Nations

Formerly British Commonwealth
An association comprising the United Kingdom, its dependencies, and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states, including Canada, Australia, India, and many West Indian and African countries. It was formally established by the Statute of Westminster in 1931.

Com′monwealth of Na′tions


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a voluntary association of independent nations and their dependencies linked by historical ties as parts of the former British Empire and cooperating on matters of mutual concern. Formerly, British Commonwealth of Nations .
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Noun1.Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British CrownCommonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
commonwealth - a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea - a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
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Each year British pensions are uprated including in 49 countries favoured by the UK Government but not in the other 150 countries worldwide including most of the Commonwealth which comprise the parts of the former British Empire and, when most needed, allies of the U.
EVER SINCE Winston Churchill's plea for the creation of a 'United States of Europe' under the guidance but not including the former British Empire, the UK's relations with the emerging political institutions of the continent have been difficult.
Historians mostly from Britain and the former British Empire explore the recent interest in the history of empires in the context of earlier studies, which waned for some decades after decolonization during the middle of the 20th century.
In 1889, Rudyard Kipling returned to London, the cultural and intellectual center of the former British Empire.
Then, as now, it attracted immigrants in search of employment, then from the surrounding rural counties, now from the former British Empire, from South Asia, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and the Caribbean.
In fact, many of those casualties came from Canada, South Africa, India, Australia and elsewhere in the former British Empire, and in some ways the Tower poppies are typical of the British response to the anniversary, which has so far been insular, sentimental and slightly smug.
Starting with the so-called 'sub-continent', it has spread across much of the rest of the former British Empire.
Almost all from companies in the former British Empire, contributors begin a two-volume reference on coal as a fuel.
COLOMBO/JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (TAP) - A meeting of nations once linked to the former British empire are meeting Friday in Sri Lanka as controversy swirls over allegations the Sri Lankan army committed war crimes during the final months of its decades-long civil war.
38 S&W is widely distributed throughout the former British Empire and is still a backup weapon in some places.
The award is given to members of the armed forces in various Commonwealth countries, as well as all of the former British Empire territories.
Organisers of the competition for 71 nations and territories of the former British Empire will be hoping top seeded men's tennis player Somdev Devvarman of India will draw the crowds when he faces Bahamian Devin Mullings.