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'Commonwealth of Nations', Microsoft Encarta, 2005, http://au.encarta.msn.com Figures are approximate and intended as a guide only.
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The Commonwealth of Nations is an international organisation of sovereign states and dependencies that had its historical roots in the British Empire. Through decolonisation, the effects of two world wars, and changing patterns of international relations, the modern Commonwealth has ceased to be distinctly British in character and leadership. Queen Elizabeth II is recognised as the Head of State by 16 countries, but its members also include 5 countries with their own monarchs and 32 republics. Today, the 1.8 billion citizens of the Commonwealth comprise about 30 per cent of the world's population, drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions.