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Questions tagged [commonwealth]

The Commonwealth, formally the Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 54 countries that support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development.

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If the British King dies childless but with a pregnant wife, who is the monarch?

Suppose the British King dies and he is currently childless, but his wife is pregnant. Under the succession laws of the commonwealth realms, what happens? I see three natural possibilities: The next ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

Suppose a natural-born citizen of one of those countries principally objects to the notion of monarchy and in particular is unwilling to swear allegiance to a king or queen - are there any rights or ...
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Why was excluding Australian Aboriginal populations from the Race Power considered racist?

Section 51(xxvi) of the Australian Constitution originally read, The people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws: I hope ...
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What is the role of the British Monarch in the Commonwealth Realms?

The monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state of the sixteen Commonwealth realms. The question "What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain?" already explains the role of ...
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Why should/shouldn't India leave the commonwealth? [closed]

We have already surpassed UK & France in terms of GDP, making India the 5th largest economy on the planet. And most countries which are part of the Commonwealth were British colonies, which makes ...
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What is needed for a country to join the British Commonwealth?

There's plenty of political jokes centered on the fun idea of UK offering wayward colonials re-admittance into the Empire in view of them being clearly unable to govern themselves for one hot-topic-of-...
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Would Canada have to leave the Commonwealth to have a president?

If Canada wanted to have a president, would that mean it would have to leave the Commonwealth?
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How much are the dues for Commonwealth of Nations members?

In 2001, Nauru defaulted on its Commonwealth of Nations membership dues, but it has returned as a regular member since 2011. How are the dues for a Commonwealth of Nations member state determined? ...
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Why was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's?

When Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, the fact she had been divorced was a problem that ultimately led to his abdication. Decades later, Charles, Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker ...
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Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them?

Is queen Elizabeth II a citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, etc? If not, what about the rest of the royal family?
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Do individual Commonwealth countries have to accept the new rules of succession?

Roughly coincident with the birth of a child to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Parliament is set to make changes to the Act of Succession, allowing females to be directly in the line. The problem ...
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How is constitutional monarchy perceived in Commonwealth realms other than United Kingdom?

Especially in countries with huge population and economy like Canada and Australia, what's the opinion of people about constitutional monarchy? Are there any well known groups or indivuals who opposes ...