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commonwealth

noun [C]     /ˈkɒm.ən.welθ/ US  /ˈkɑː.mən-/
a group of countries with the same political or economic aims: the Commonwealth of Independent StatesColonisation and self-government a country or part of a country that is governed by its people or representatives elected by its peopleRepublics and kingdoms
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