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How many states in the U.S. are Commonwealth states and why?
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Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusettes, and Pennsylvania are all commonwealths. There is no difference in these states and the other 46 states of the US but in name alone. Commonwealth is simply an old political term meaning "an organized political community". These states were among the first to be admitted to the union and took the old term in place of state.
Not one American state is a member of the commonwealth. The commonwealth is comprised of nations that used to be members of the Great British Empire, the last and largest empire ever. Commonwealth countries such as Australia retain the English Queen/King as their head of state and as such receive commensurate gains such as freedom of passage to the UK without visa as well as the right to settle/live/work in the UK.
America, by its declaration of independence, renounced all rights to British protectorate status. While today America is doing well, extremely well and Britain is now a relatively small economic force in the World at the time Britain was THE De Facto foce in the World controlling 70% of its population and 90% of its wealth.
For more info on the commonwealth and the British Empire see:
"The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, most of which are former British colonies, or dependencies of these colonies (the exceptions being the United Kingdom itself and Mozambique)"
"At its peak, the British Empire was the largest formal empire that the world had ever known. As such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of ways. This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire: The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted. For better or worse the British Empire had a massive impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this site tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and domination that made the Empire such a powerful institution. It is neither an apology for, nor a nostalgic reminiscince of the institution that so dominated the world for over two centuries. Rather, it analyses and describes the vast institution that so influenced the shape of the world that we see today."
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