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Commonwealth of Nations

 

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Flags

Historical Flag

Meaning/Origin of the Flag

Numbers and Facts



Flags

Flagge Fahne flag Commonwealth of Nations
since 2013,
Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations,
ratio = 3:5,
Source, by: Wikipedia (DE)




Flagge Fahne flag Königin Elisabeth II. British Queen Elizabeth II. Commonwealth of Nations
Flag of the British Queen Elizabeth II.
as Head of the Commonwealth,
ratio = 1:1,
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Historical Flag

Flagge Fahne flag Commonwealth of Nations
1976–2013,
Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations,
ratio = 1:2,
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Meaning/Origin of the Flag

The flag of the Commonwealth is designed in a deep "british" blue. Thereupon a golden globe, surrounded by beams in form of a "C". The "C" stands for "Commonwealth". In the year 2013 the flag was changed a little bit. In this way the number of rays around the globe was reduced from 61 to 34. The globe was tilted and the yellow colour was changed towards gold. It is not certain if even the format or ratio of the flag was officially changed from 1:2 to 3:5.

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Numbers and Facts

The interconnection of Great Britain with it's colonies was originally named "British Empire". To comply the colonie's waxing ambitions for independence was the "British Empire" since 1926 named as "British Commonwealth", and finally was officially established the "British Commonwealth of Nations" on the 11st of December in 1931 on the basis of the Westminster Statute. It includes as well the Dominions, so states which as former colonies were only bonded to Great Britain by the person of the chief of state (the British crown), as all colonies and dependant territories. The real "British Empire" today exists only as dispersed small possessions. In the year 1948 follows the transformation into the "Commonwealth of Nations", which was not more a confederation in the sense of the people's right. The Dominions finally received even the right to leave the Commonwealth. This step made Ireland and Burma in 1947, South Africa in 1961, and Pakistan in 1972 (afterward joined again). Since 1948 the Dominions were named "countries of the Commonwealth of Nations". Some countries of the Commonwealth removed the British crown as chief of state and became republics for instance India, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanganjika, Uganda, Zanzibar, Cyprus and Kenya, but however remained in the Commonwealth.

A few countries declared their withdrawal from the Commonwealth, so last in 2003 Zimbabwe, 2013 Gambia, some became suspended, so last in 2009 Fiji. Members in the Commonwealth are today, except Great Britain and it's colonies, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Canada, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Saint Christopher-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Solomon Islands, Zambia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Cyprus.

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