|International organisation with Headquarters in Ingerland|
|Address|| Girton House|
|Number of Members||tbd|
|Head|| Geoffrey VII |
|Secretary-General|| Sir Oliver March |
The Ingerish Commonwealth, also known as simply the Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of numerous member states that are mostly former colonies and protectorates of the now defunct Ingerish Empire.
The modern Ingerish Commonwealth evolved out the Ingerish Empire, which by the early XX century was evolving into a free association of independent states with shared bonds of history, culture, and language. As early as 1907, the Ingerish Government had granted de-facto independence to her dominions such as ER001?, Karvaland, and New Ingerland. These states retained the Ingerish monarch as their head of state, but were in all other aspects fully-sovereign states. The remaining colonies and protectorates of Ingerland were slowly granted their independence other the coming decades, commencing with Elhádhon in 1911, and ending with Glaster in 1982. Some kept the Ingerish monarch as their head of state, but most did not, leading to their exit from the Imperial Conferences.
Driven by a desire by these newly independent states to continue their participation in a global forum with other Ingerish-speaking states, in 1918 the leaders of a number of states assembled at Girton House to discuss international cooperation and trade. The outcome of the meeting was the Winburgh Declaration, which constituted a "free association of independent states which to be known as the Ingerish Commonwealth". All current and former imperial dominions, plus any state with a "sustained history of Ingerish social, cultural, or economic involvement" was deemed eligible to join. No distinction was made between dominions, republics, and those states with their own monarch. All would be treated as full and equal members of the new body.
Many Ingerish Commonwealth nations possess a shared tradition of customs and culture that remain unique to the Ingerish-speaking world. Such connexions manifest themselves in from the simple playing of common sports such as cricket, netball, and rugby; to more complex matters such as the Winburgh system of parliamentary democracy, and the use of common law, as opposed to the codified legal systems used elsewhere.
In recognition of their shared heritage and culture, Commonwealth countries are not considered to be "foreign" to each other. In addition, some members treat resident citizens of other Commonwealth countries preferentially to citizens of non-Commonwealth countries. Many countries grant the right to vote to Commonwealth citizens who reside in those countries.
Since 1910, the various members of the Commonwealth have participated in a global multi-sport event known as the Ingerish Games. Modelled on the international Geolympiad movement, the Ingerish Games are second to the Geolympiad in scale and participation. The games feature a mix of traditional international sports, such as athletics and swimming; as well as games whose origin can be traced back to Ingerland and are typically only played in the Commonwealth, such as cricket and lawn bowls.
The have been 26 editions of the games to date, with the most recent held in 2014. The next games will be held in 2018.
As an aside, for historical reasons it is typical for Commonwealth military forces to a high degree of interoperability and standardisation. Most have a common military doctrine, use the same equipment and weapons, and use a common set of rank insignia.
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