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A commonwealth is a group of people or of groups with a common aim to improve themselves, help each other and share knowledge and resources.
The word can refer to several organisations:
- The Commonwealth of Nations, the countries linked with the United Kingdom
- The Commonwealth of Independent States was the collection of countries which were part of the Soviet Union
It is also part of the official name of some countries
- The Commonwealth of Australia
or part of the official name of some US states and territories
- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. One reason for becoming a commonwealth was to show it wanted to improve itself, share ideas of democracy