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ID: 7005615
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Commonwealth of Nations (association)  Commonwealth of Nations (association)

Note: A voluntary association of sovereign states made up of Great Britain and several of its former dependencies who have chosen to maintain ties of friendship and practical cooperation and who acknowledge the British monarch as symbolic head of their association. It evolved out of the British Empire. There are no formal constitution or bylaws and members have no legal or formal obligation to one another. Membership has changed since its formation: prior to 1783, Crown and Parliament claimed full authority over colonies, but then self government began to evolve. Further broadening of the meaning of the Commonwealth recognized the possibility of members' choosing republican or other non-parliamentary forms of government and the possibility of resignation from the association. Members may be suspended from membership. Meetings of Commonwealth heads of government take place every two years. As of 2003, there were 54 member nations around the world; the populations of these 54 nations represent about 30% of the world population.

Names:
Commonwealth of Nations (preferred,C,V)  ............ from 1946
Commonwealth, the (C,V)
British Commonwealth of Nations (H,V)  ............ 1931-1946
British Commonwealth (H,V)  ............ 1931-1946
British Dominions (H,V)  ............ 1931-1946
Dominions, British (H,V)  ............ 1931-1946

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Commonwealth of Nations (association)  ....  Commonwealth of Nations (association) (P)

Place Types:
association (preferred, C)  ............  established 1931

Related geographic places:
member is ....  Antigua and Barbuda .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [1000009]
................  joined association in 1981
member is ....  Australia .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [7000490]
................  joined association in 1931
member is ....  Bahamas .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7005332]
................  joined association in 1973
member is ....  Bangladesh .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000105]
................  joined association in 1972
member is ....  Barbados .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004770]
................  joined association in 1966
member is ....  Belize .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7005346]
................  joined association in 1981
member is ....  Botswana .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000150]
................  joined association in 1966
member is ....  Brunei Darussalam .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000107]
................  joined association in 1984
member is ....  Cameroon .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000153]
................  joined association in 1995
member is ....  Canada .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7005685]
................  joined association in 1931
member is ....  Cyprus .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000112]
................  joined association in 1961
member is ....  Dominica .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004641]
................  joined association in 1978
member is ....  Fiji .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [7000493]
................  withdrew in 1987; rejoined in 1997
member is ....  Ghana .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000166]
................  joined association in 1957
member is ....  Grenada .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004771]
................  joined association in 1974
member is ....  Guyana .......... (nation)
................  (World, South America) [1000054]
................  joined association in 1966
member is ....  India .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [7000198]
................  joined association in 1947
member is ....  Ireland .......... (nation)
................  (World, Europe) [1000078]
................  resigned from the association in 1948
member is ....  Jamaica .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7005556]
................  joined association in 1962
member is ....  Kenya .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000169]
................  joined association in 1963
member is ....  Kiribati .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000217]
................  joined association in 1979
member is ....  Lesotho .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [7001660]
................  joined association in 1966
member is ....  Malawi .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [7000726]
................  joined association in 1964
member is ....  Malaysia .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000128]
................  joined association in 1957
member is ....  Maldives .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [7000331]
................  joined association in 1982
member is ....  Malta .......... (nation)
................  (World, Europe) [7005729]
................  joined association in 1964
member is ....  Mauritius .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000177]
................  joined association in 1968
member is ....  Mozambique .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000180]
................  joined association in 1995
member is ....  Myanmar .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000108]
................  resigned from the association in 1948
member is ....  Namibia .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000198]
................  joined association in 1990
member is ....  Nauru .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [7006158]
................  joined association in 1968
member is ....  New Zealand .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000226]
................  joined association in 1931
member is ....  Nigeria .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000182]
................  joined association in 1960
member is ....  Pakistan .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000133]
................  withdrew in 1972; rejoined in 1989
member is ....  Papua New Guinea .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [7006160]
................  joined association in 1975
member is ....  Saint Kitts and Nevis .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7005605]
................  joined association in 1983
member is ....  Saint Lucia .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004772]
................  joined association in 1979
member is ....  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004773]
................  joined association in 1979
member is ....  Samoa .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000239]
................  joined association in 1970
member is ....  Seychelles .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000190]
................  joined association in 1976
member is ....  Sierra Leone .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000191]
................  joined association in 1961
member is ....  Singapore .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [7000381]
................  joined association in 1965
member is ....  Solomon Islands .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000233]
................  joined association in 1978
member is ....  South Africa .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000193]
................  withdrew in 1961; rejoined in 1994
member is ....  Sri Lanka .......... (nation)
................  (World, Asia) [1000110]
................  joined association in 1948
member is ....  Swaziland .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [7001725]
................  joined association in 1968
member is ....  Tanzania .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000203]
................  joined association in 1961
member is ....  The Gambia .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000165]
................  joined association in 1965
member is ....  Tonga .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [7000529]
................  joined association in 1970
member is ....  Trinidad and Tobago .......... (nation)
................  (World, North and Central America) [7004787]
................  joined association in 1962
member is ....  Tuvalu .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000236]
................  joined association in 1978
member is ....  Uganda .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000206]
................  joined association in 1962
member is ....  United Kingdom .......... (nation)
................  (World, Europe) [7008591]
................  since 1931
member is ....  Vanuatu .......... (nation)
................  (World, Oceania) [1000225]
................  joined association in 1980
member is ....  Zambia .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000209]
................  joined association in 1964
member is ....  Zimbabwe .......... (nation)
................  (World, Africa) [1000185]
................  joined association in 1980
related to ....  British Empire .......... (former nation/state/empire)
..................  (World) [7008650]

Sources and Contributors:
British Commonwealth..........  [VP]
...................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
British Commonwealth of Nations..........  [BHA, VP]
.....................................................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 28 May 2003
.....................................................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 283
British Dominions..........  [BHA, VP]
................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
Commonwealth of Nations..........  [BHA, VP Preferred]
.........................................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1976)
.........................................  LC Subject Headings, 11th edition (1988)
.........................................  Petit Robert II, Noms (1989)
.........................................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984) 283
Commonwealth, the..........  [VP]
................................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 28 May 2003
................................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984) 283
Dominions, British..........  [BHA, VP]
...................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
Subject: .....  [BHA, VP]
..................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
..................  Commonwealth Secretariat [online] (2000-2003) accessed 29 May 2003
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1976)
..................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 28 May 2003
..................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
..................  LC Subject Headings, 11th edition (1988)
..................  Petit Robert II, Noms (1989)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984) 283
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 283
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Commonwealth Secretariat [online] (2000-2003) accessed 29 May 2003
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 28 May 2003

 

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