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16th Jun '13 12:00:47 PM MarkLungo
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The Commonwealth of Nations is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire who are still connected with the UK.

In its modern form it is more of a beneficial trade, defence and immigration pact than an empire, but about one-third of the nations also have the British monarch as their head of state, giving her the same theoretical veto powers outlined in UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem, while the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London is a final court of appeal for some member states.

Member states sometimes enjoy beneficial trade agreements and the ability to emigrate to other member states more easily than a non member. Commonwealth nations tend to share such characteristics as [[SpotOfTea drinking tea]], playing cricket, driving on the left-hand side of the road and using UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish spellings. Most of them also use TheCommonLaw as the basis of their legal system.

Mozambique was actually never part of the British Empire, being a former Portuguese territory, but all its neighbour countries were in the Commonwealth and wished to support their poor neighbour, so an exception to the general policy was made. Recently the same thing happened to Rwanda, which has started to adopt more Anglophone trappings and apparently even cricket picked up from Kenya and Uganda.

The terms "Old Commonwealth" (the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) and "New Commonwealth" (everywhere else) are sometimes used, although the terms appear to be declining in usage.

They have their own version of the OlympicGames, called the Commonwealth Games, held every World Cup year. Apart from your usual sports, there are also some more "British" sports such as lawn bowls, netball, and rugby sevens (cricket has only been played once, at the 1998 games). The 2010 games were held in New Delhi, India, and the next games are being held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It must be noted that one criteria for joining the commonwealth is the acceptance of the current British monarch (the Queen) as head of the commonwealth. It seems unlikely most countries that aren't current members are liable to agree to such a condition, if they were so inclined.

The list of member states are:
* Antigua and Barbuda
* UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}
* UsefulNotes/TheBahamas
* UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}
* Barbados
* UsefulNotes/{{Belize}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Botswana}}
* Brunei
* Cameroon
* UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}}
* Dominica
* UsefulNotes/{{Fiji}} (currently suspended)
* Gambia
* Ghana
* UsefulNotes/{{Grenada}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Guyana}}
* UsefulNotes/{{India}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kenya}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kiribati}}
* Lesotho
* Malawi
* UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}}
* Maldives
* UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Mauritius}}
* Mozambique (actually a former Portugese colony)
* UsefulNotes/{{Namibia}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Nauru}}
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand
* UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}
* UsefulNotes/PapuaNewGuinea
* Rwanda (The second nation to be admitted without any national ties to the UK)
* Saint Kitts and Nevis
* Saint Lucia
* UsefulNotes/SaintVincentAndTheGrenadines
* UsefulNotes/{{Samoa}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Seychelles}}
* UsefulNotes/SierraLeone
* UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}}
* UsefulNotes/SolomonIslands
* UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica (not a member from 1961 to 1994, because of [[TheApartheidEra apartheid]])
* UsefulNotes/SriLanka
* Swaziland
* Tanzania
* UsefulNotes/{{Tonga}}
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago
* UsefulNotes/{{Tuvalu}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}}
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} United Kingdom]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Zambia}}

Former members:
* UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} (left upon becoming a republic in 1949. Ironically, the fix that allowed India to remain in the Commonwealth as a republic was developed a few months later, but it was too late by then)
* UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}} (suspended indefinitely 2002, withdrew 2003)

Potential members:

A few former British colonies in the Middle East have expressed at least mild interest in joining. Palestine has indicated that it will apply once/if it gets its independence; Israel has indicated it might join at the same time (any attempt to join right now by either of them would be such an invitation for needless rancor that they haven't bothered). Sudan's application was held up by its civil wars; with those now settled, both Sudan and South Sudan have applied, although the former's dictatorial regime will hinder its plans. Yemen has also applied, although its current instability has put plans on hold for the moment. Afghanistan, where cricket is rising and which has strengthening ties with India, has expressed an interest in having an interest.

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The Commonwealth of Nations is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire who are still connected with the UK.

In its modern form it is more of a beneficial trade, defence and immigration pact than an empire, but about one-third of the nations also have the British monarch as their head of state, giving her the same theoretical veto powers outlined in UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem, while the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London is a final court of appeal for some member states.

Member states sometimes enjoy beneficial trade agreements and the ability to emigrate to other member states more easily than a non member. Commonwealth nations tend to share such characteristics as [[SpotOfTea drinking tea]], playing cricket, driving on the left-hand side of the road and using UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish spellings. Most of them also use TheCommonLaw as the basis of their legal system.

Mozambique was actually never part of the British Empire, being a former Portuguese territory, but all its neighbour countries were in the Commonwealth and wished to support their poor neighbour, so an exception to the general policy was made. Recently the same thing happened to Rwanda, which has started to adopt more Anglophone trappings and apparently even cricket picked up from Kenya and Uganda.

The terms "Old Commonwealth" (the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) and "New Commonwealth" (everywhere else) are sometimes used, although the terms appear to be declining in usage.

They have their own version of the OlympicGames, called the Commonwealth Games, held every World Cup year. Apart from your usual sports, there are also some more "British" sports such as lawn bowls, netball, and rugby sevens (cricket has only been played once, at the 1998 games). The 2010 games were held in New Delhi, India, and the next games are being held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It must be noted that one criteria for joining the commonwealth is the acceptance of the current British monarch (the Queen) as head of the commonwealth. It seems unlikely most countries that aren't current members are liable to agree to such a condition, if they were so inclined.

The list of member states are:
* Antigua and Barbuda
* UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}
* UsefulNotes/TheBahamas
* UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}
* Barbados
* UsefulNotes/{{Belize}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Botswana}}
* Brunei
* Cameroon
* UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}}
* Dominica
* UsefulNotes/{{Fiji}} (currently suspended)
* Gambia
* Ghana
* UsefulNotes/{{Grenada}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Guyana}}
* UsefulNotes/{{India}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kenya}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kiribati}}
* Lesotho
* Malawi
* UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}}
* Maldives
* UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Mauritius}}
* Mozambique (actually a former Portugese colony)
* UsefulNotes/{{Namibia}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Nauru}}
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand
* UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}
* UsefulNotes/PapuaNewGuinea
* Rwanda (The second nation to be admitted without any national ties to the UK)
* Saint Kitts and Nevis
* Saint Lucia
* UsefulNotes/SaintVincentAndTheGrenadines
* UsefulNotes/{{Samoa}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Seychelles}}
* UsefulNotes/SierraLeone
* UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}}
* UsefulNotes/SolomonIslands
* UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica (not a member from 1961 to 1994, because of [[TheApartheidEra apartheid]])
* UsefulNotes/SriLanka
* Swaziland
* Tanzania
* UsefulNotes/{{Tonga}}
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago
* UsefulNotes/{{Tuvalu}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}}
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} United Kingdom]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Zambia}}

Former members:
* UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} (left upon becoming a republic in 1949. Ironically, the fix that allowed India to remain in the Commonwealth as a republic was developed a few months later, but it was too late by then)
* UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}} (suspended indefinitely 2002, withdrew 2003)

Potential members:

A few former British colonies in the Middle East have expressed at least mild interest in joining. Palestine has indicated that it will apply once/if it gets its independence; Israel has indicated it might join at the same time (any attempt to join right now by either of them would be such an invitation for needless rancor that they haven't bothered). Sudan's application was held up by its civil wars; with those now settled, both Sudan and South Sudan have applied, although the former's dictatorial regime will hinder its plans. Yemen has also applied, although its current instability has put plans on hold for the moment. Afghanistan, where cricket is rising and which has strengthening ties with India, has expressed an interest in having an interest.

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28th May '13 8:38:14 AM nombretomado
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In its modern form it is more of a beneficial trade, defence and immigration pact than an empire, but about one-third of the nations also have the British monarch as their head of state, giving her the same theoretical veto powers outlined in BritishPoliticalSystem, while the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London is a final court of appeal for some member states.

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In its modern form it is more of a beneficial trade, defence and immigration pact than an empire, but about one-third of the nations also have the British monarch as their head of state, giving her the same theoretical veto powers outlined in BritishPoliticalSystem, UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem, while the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London is a final court of appeal for some member states.



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