Dominion

Dominion

Dominions were autonomous polities that were nominally under British sovereignty, constituting the British Empire and British Commonwealth, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century. They have included (at varying times) Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, the Union of South Africa, and the Irish Free State. Over the decades after 1930, the British dominions each became independent of the United Kingdom. Those that became sovereign constitutional monarchies within the Commonwealth of Nations and maintained as their own the same royal house and royal succession from before independence became known as Commonwealth realms; others soon became republics, ending their status as dominions.

The term "dominion" was also used in the names of certain Commonwealth realms; these included (at varying times) India, Pakistan, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Kenya, and others.

Read more about Dominion:  Definition, Southern Rhodesia, Foreign Relations, From Dominions To Commonwealth Realms

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