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[flag of the Commonwealth of Nations]
by Mark Sensen, 27 July 1996

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Origin of the flag

The flag was adopted on 26 March 1976 (source: Flagmaster, number 81, 1995).

Mark Sensen, 27 July 1996


The Commonwealth of Nations is a worldwide political organization of independent nations with their dependencies, all of which recognize the British monarch as head of the Commonwealth.

The members, on 1 December 1996, were: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, the Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru (special member), New Zealand, Nigeria (suspended), Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, St.Kitts and Nevis, St.Lucia, St.Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu (special member), Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Mark Sensen, 27 July 1996

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Commonwealth of Nations is listed on the Guinness Book of Records as the World's largest political alliance.

The Commonwealth of Nations is an evolving entity from the old British Empire. While some regard the Commonwealth as an anachronism, the ties to "the old country" has kept the movement going, as shown by the Commonwealth Games, which are held every four years.  Mozambique was the first non-former-British Empire nation admitted to the alliance in the last decade of the 20th century.

Dean Thomas, 21 May 2002

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