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26th Sep '15 4:23:15 PM nombretomado
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They have their own version of the OlympicGames, called the Commonwealth Games, held every World Cup year. Apart from the usual Olympic 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). Their version of the Olympic Torch (and its accompanying relay) is the Queen's Baton, which contains a message from the Queen, whose contents are only disclosed during the opening ceremony. The latest edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014; New Delhi, India hosted the 2010 Games, while Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia will host the 2018 Games.

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They have their own version of the OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, called the Commonwealth Games, held every World Cup year. Apart from the usual Olympic 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). Their version of the Olympic Torch (and its accompanying relay) is the Queen's Baton, which contains a message from the Queen, whose contents are only disclosed during the opening ceremony. The latest edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014; New Delhi, India hosted the 2010 Games, while Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia will host the 2018 Games.
10th Aug '15 6:45:06 PM karstovich2
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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, and now the latter's instability/civil strife have put those plans on back burner. 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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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 UsefulNotes/{{Sudan}}'s application was held up by its civil wars; with those now settled, both Sudan and South Sudan UsefulNotes/SouthSudan have applied, although the former's dictatorial regime will hinder its plans, and now the latter's instability/civil strife have put those plans on back burner. Yemen UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}} has also applied, although its current instability (by which we mean an all-out civil war) 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.
10th Aug '15 6:43:36 PM karstovich2
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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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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.plans, and now the latter's instability/civil strife have put those plans on back burner. 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.
interest.
10th Aug '15 6:36:47 PM karstovich2
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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.

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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. spellings--but not all of them (witness coffee-drinking, right-side-driving, and even occasionally baseball-playing Canada, often otherwise regarded as the quintessential Commonwealth Realm). Most of them also use TheCommonLaw UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw as the basis of their legal system.
28th Apr '15 10:37:20 AM nombretomado
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The Commonwealth of Nations (generally referred to as simply "the Commonwealth", because nobody's likely to think you're talking about some ''other'' commonwealth these days) is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire who still maintain some sort of symbolic connection with the UK, and, just as importantly, each other.

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The Commonwealth of Nations (generally referred to as simply "the Commonwealth", because nobody's likely to think you're talking about some ''other'' commonwealth these days) is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire who still maintain some sort of symbolic connection with the UK, and, just as importantly, each other.
13th Aug '14 10:43:06 AM zero5889
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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 2014 Games are being held in Glasgow, Scotland; New Delhi, India hosted the 2010 Games, while Gold Coast, Australia will host the 2018 Games.

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They have their own version of the OlympicGames, called the Commonwealth Games, held every World Cup year. Apart from your the usual Olympic 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). Their version of the Olympic Torch (and its accompanying relay) is the Queen's Baton, which contains a message from the Queen, whose contents are only disclosed during the opening ceremony. The 2014 Games are being latest edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland; Scotland in 2014; New Delhi, India hosted the 2010 Games, while Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia will host the 2018 Games.
2nd Aug '14 7:45:22 PM SSJMagus
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The Commonwealth of Nations is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire who still maintain some sort of symbolic connection with the UK, and, just as importantly, each other.

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The Commonwealth of Nations (generally referred to as simply "the Commonwealth", because nobody's likely to think you're talking about some ''other'' commonwealth these days) is simply put, (mostly) former members of TheBritishEmpire who still maintain some sort of symbolic connection with the UK, and, just as importantly, each other.
23rd Jul '14 8:55:49 PM lcmortensen
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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.

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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 2014 Games are being held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Scotland; New Delhi, India hosted the 2010 Games, while Gold Coast, Australia will host the 2018 Games.
9th Nov '13 9:09:46 AM Quag15
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* Brunei

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* BruneiUsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}



* Ghana

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* GhanaUsefulNotes/{{Ghana}}



* Malawi

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* MalawiUsefulNotes/{{Malawi}}



* Maldives

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* MaldivesUsefulNotes/{{Maldives}}



* Rwanda (The second nation to be admitted without any national ties to the UK)

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* Rwanda UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} (The second nation to be admitted without any national ties to the UK)
7th Nov '13 10:20:55 AM karstovich2
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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.

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It must be noted that one criteria criterion for joining the commonwealth Commonwealth is the acceptance of the current British monarch (the Queen) as head Head of the commonwealth. It Commonwealth (an entirely symbolic title). Although it seems unlikely most unlikely, non-member countries wishing to join the Commonwealth have not really ever fussed about this provision; rather, it tends to be used as an excuse for states to leave (e.g. the Gambia's 2013 departure on the grounds that aren't current members are liable the Commonwealth is "imperialistic" at least in part of the whole Queen business, widely considered a ploy to agree to such a condition, if they were so inclined.
distract the people from local problems).



* Gambia




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* UsefulNotes/TheGambia (withdrew in 2013 in a surprise move by the increasingly autocratic Yahya Jammeh, who accuses the Commonwealth of being a tool of Western imperialism. So yes, it's sheer paranoia/power grubbing.)
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