The commonwealth was founded in the early 20th century, when countries that were once part of the British empire began to secede. Commonwealth members belong to international organizations – regional, political and economic. In all their international relations, however, the commonwealth is a link between them and complements other forms of cooperation in diversity.
The commonwealth is a union of 53 countries. Myanmar and Aden (now part of yemen) are the only former British colonies to choose not to join the commonwealth. Our countries span Africa, Asia, the americas, Europe and the Pacific, and are diverse – they are among the largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries in the world. Our 31 member states are divided into small states – countries with populations of less than 1.5 million people or larger and with similar characteristics. Members of the commonwealth include antigua and barbuda, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Guyana, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, seychelles, Solomon islands, saint kitts and nevis, vanuatu, tonga, Uganda, Australia, Barbados, brunei darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Kiribati, nauru, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, st. Lucia, sierra leone, South Africa, saint Vincent and the grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Zambia, the Bahamas, Belize, Cameroon, Minnie Canada, grenada, Jamaica, lesotho, maldives, mozambique, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, tuvalu and the united republic of Tanzania.
All members of the commonwealth share some common principles, and only by pursuing these ideals and principles can the commonwealth influence the international community and benefit mankind. Beyond that, the commonwealth aims to build strong ties between rich and poor countries. In addition, the commonwealth was established to form an institution of religion and population. While the commonwealth has been criticised for being more symbolic than practical, it has helped to forge strong diplomatic ties between the oldest member states. Other purposes that the association may consider necessary from time to time. Its main aim is to simplify the process of decolonization in the UK. It is seen as a way to maintain global unity through a common language, history and culture, despite the growing independence and autonomy of the former British colony.