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The Commonwealth is a trans-continental cultural and geo-political association established in 1949 to maintain the principles and values of the British Empire after the disolution of the British Empire. The Commonwealth of nations is the world's largest family of nations. There is an even smaller Commonwealth realm composed of nations with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
com·mon·wealth /'kämənˌwelTH/ noun (1). an independent country or community, especially a democratic republic.
noun (2). an international association consisting of the UK together with states that were previously part of the British Empire, and dependencies. The British monarch is the symbolic head of the Commonwealth.
"Common-Wealth" is a literal English translation of the Latin "Res Publica", denoting equality of members and the goal of mutual prosperity. The Commonwealth represents the interests of willing members without exploitation or deception in the belief that a family of nations can achieve their varied interests in an honest and honourable way and grow together in the process.
Opinion on CA, AU, NZ, UK freedom of movement? I've yet to hear a serious objection to it.
In an earlier Commonwealth thread I suggested we should have a Commonwealth version of pic related. Flexible like the JEF, so different countries can become part of the force when they need to. I think it would be useful as Commonwealth countries share various interests.
In particular, the Indian Ocean and North Atlantic are areas that the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force could safeguard interests
IDK m8, lots of Australians are coming here. We get more Australians than Poles. Seriously. Australians are our 4th biggest immigrant group, Poles are 5th.
thats not the commonwealth lad
I don't get it. We are the ones taking in actual Refugees, who have been living in and extensively screened in UN Camps in Jordan.
Europe is taking in """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""refugees"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""", we are taking in refugees. Still not good, but it's better.
That would also be nice. But I'm feeling a little more ambitious. Also, complimentary naval forces make too much sense, I'm wondering why it hasn't been done yet. Why have we got an integrated expeditionary force with Northern Europe before Commonwealth countries. Weird.
We are also taking in real refugees from camps. Don't pretend all Europe has that policy of letting anyone in
The commonwealth is just English colonies, op is clearly referring to the English empire (minus all the poorer, irrelevant countries and those that broke away with force.)
Why do Americans feel the need to ruin everything?
Nothing bad about the US was even stated in this thread. Calm your fucking shit and stop being so aggressive towards nothing
It's because someone is spamming this thread on the /cum/ thread for some reason.
Americans are just very independent and like to take justice into their own hands. To an outside observer, sometimes that can look like Americans just want to ruin everything, but I think it really just comes down to a difference in moral values.
t. Obadiah "O.J." Jethro-King Browns
>tfw commonwealth colonizes the asteroid belt
>tfw new London situated on Ceres
>tfw rule solar system
feels good lads
I've reported every single spam post and I'll report more. Spam if you want to get banned, otherwise actually discuss something relevant to the thread. Youca wave your dicks, but you'll have to actually engage in a disscussion instead of just trying to sabotage this thread like internet suicide spammer.
How does this logic even work?
You were Brits that turned into terrorists and broke away. We were Brits that didn't do that.
If anything you are all just Canadians with a superiority complex
Sorry, but to be quite honest with you mi familia, all that Canada-loves-their-queen stuff is just a vestigial remnant of a strategy to check American whitewashing of their "culture." Nowadays, American and Canadian culture are more or less entirely intertwined. When you turn on a TV in the US or Canada, you might see a show produced by, starring, etc. Americans or Canadians, and most people would never know the difference unless they looked it up. Canada and the US are certainly distinct, of course, but any given Canadian province is more similar to the nearest US states than those states are to other states, or than that province is to other provinces. Southern Manitoba and North Dakota are more similar to each other than Manitoba is to BC or than North Dakota is to California.
Wow I never knew Americans were so butthurt about the Commonwealth.
Go fugg yourself cumskim
I have Ugandan pride
>living in Ugandan
>when I could live comfy life in UK
Would you turn it down if the opportunity was presented to you? And I don't actually have that much pride, it's a bit of a shithole.
We're North Americans, not United States of America Americans. You rebelled because > muh freedom , and created your own retarded pseudo-democracy.
Westminister-style Parliamentary Democracy > American Presidential """democracy""", Constitutional Monarchy > Corporatocratic Republicanism. Developed Commonwealth nations have a far healthier and more representative political tradition than the USA. I find it despicable when anyone undermines our sovereignty, because the alternative is a less efficient, less democratic and more immature system.
God save the Queen and long live Canada.
We are all more or less the same as far as heritage goes. The difference is we are Loyalists and Americans broke away from the crown and sided with the French.
We still have remnants of our colobial past. The Parlimentary system, the Queen on our money. Most of our town names are taken from British town names.
Canadians have our own style. Its a mix of British and American. Quebecers obviously not included.
Sure, I think it's the result of a very "organic" process (our countries are so similar in so many ways--we're a couple of coasts, a smattering of major cities, and thousands of miles of hinterland, with its own legends, culture, etc., in between), but I also think that since the US has ten times the population, ten times the money, etc., the US has the firmest grip on the core of our "shared" culture.
However, I will admit that Canada seems to be disproportionately represented in the entertainment industry, particularly TV and music, in a way that very few countries other than the US can be.
I have a friend who's like fully British and we've talked about this before. On the one hand I should think of myself as British as I'm second gen and lived here all my life, I have a fully British accent, I like British culture etc.
But also I think it would be a shame to forget my heritage, forget where I came from?
I mean obviously Uganda is a dreadful and I've got nothing to be proud of from there, but it just seems like I shouldn't fully forget my roots.
I don't understand the butthurt.
Anglo Special Forces are known to be top notch for starters, so a joint force between them would be a pretty effective force obviously. Secondly, and most importantly, my comment was mostly just for fun discussion sake and not meant to be taken so fucking sersously, So take your fucking meds and calm down
>The difference is we are Loyalists and Americans broke away from the crown and sided with the French
Actually, the main reason modern day Canada was not included in the breakaway Republic was the fact that in those days those lands were controlled by French Catholic Quebecois. The early Americans were suspicious of Catholics (as many still are today), so they weren't eager to invite any more than they already had. They also didn't want to antagonize the French, whose support they needed to counter Britain.
"Canadians" aren't "loyalists." There just weren't enough British people in pre-revolutionary war Canada to matter.
There were loyalists in the American colonies too m8, but the revolutionaries whooped their asses. British Canada wasn't considered a nearby neighbor to the Revolutionary War era United States, at least not the way Canada is seen as "next door" to the US today.
usually I don't like it when fellow americans go around stirring up shit
but we really don't need another fucking general
especially one that's arbitrary like this
just go post in /brit/
There is no denying there are/were Canadians that would have liked tp become American and sided with your ideologies. But to say we all wanted to, and it was the French that prevented us from doing so because we are Catholic is ludicrous. Most Canadians were loyal to the crown, and the French Catholics wanted to stay in Montreal. A well established French majority trading hub. Why would they go to America? New Orleans was your only French cultured area and to be quite frank its a fucking swamp. Montreal was far more resourceful and established.
Btw the only Catholics in Canada were French and Irish. There was an equal amount of Anglican and Protestants.
Your argument is flawed by your own personal bias, and not facts.
YOU'RE THE FUCKING SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES!!! You're the one's trying to seem special and differentiate yourselves, faggots. Canada is maintaining what British North America was founded on, you're the retards going HURR DURR FREEDUM when you're less free and you're cucked by a less accountable and more powerful ruling class. Fuck you historically illiterate fuckwits.
Also, many Canadians descend from loyalists from the thirteen colonies. How's that for trying to be different? We're trying so hard to be different by keeping our heritage intact and not contriving a new, shittier heritage. Get fucked yanks.
>/land of the free/
>ruled by a black man
We use a USB dongle and get unlimited data (In reality 1 TB) and the speeds are nice when I'm home. I think we've only ever hit the data cap once
With work, I stay in my home marina for most of the year, but I might go somewhere else for 2 or 3 weeks of the year if we have holiday time saved up
Real thread here:
Out of the way, plebs
Sorry buddy but I think we are arguing orthogonally to each other. The American "founding fathers" were a coalition of large landowners (like Washington), wealthy merchants (like Hancock), and public intellectuals (Paine). Anglo folks in Canada at that time were mostly fishermen, military, or trappers. When I say they chose not to "include" Canada in their revolution, I'm just talking about the French Catholics (who "wanted to stay in Montreal"), who were much more "established" at that time than the Anglo-Canadians. Washington and Jefferson and Madison (etc. etc.) simply didn't consider the British presence in Canada to amount to a "14th colony."
It's terrible here. Weather swings between too hot or unseasonably cold. People are rude, brutish, violent and arrogant. Everything is very expensive and there's an unemployment problem. You'd be happier if you stayed in the UK.
Just me and my girlfriend
We are thinking about it, but the kits are more expensive than residential kits in terms of £ per Watt. You also need it to be checked by a qualified electrician before we can use it.
And anyway, electricity is slightly less at the marina than a house, and significantly cheaper at night, so if we are going to be travelling for a significant amount of time and our electricity situation is sketchy, we have a battery array we have trickle charging overnight
>couldn't give a shit
This is literally the first time I've seen an American use this phrase correctly. It's usually "could give a shit" as if that makes fucking sense.
Where did this meme come from?
Lifelong American here, I've never heard anyone say "could give a shit" where I would say "couldn't give a shit."
I have once or twice heard someone say it sarcastically, like "yeah, I could really give a shit about whatever moot is doing these days."
Are Australians just incapable of detecting sarcasm? Maybe it's because they inflect everything like they are yelling, so they don't understand tonal speech cues.
>Where did this meme come from?
Places like here, desu. I see Americans saying, "I could give a shit," or, "I could care less," far more than saying they couldn't. I've also seen it in TV shows and porn, too, I think.
>Are Australians just incapable of detecting sarcasm?
It's not sarcasm, just poor use of English. Just because you and your friends don't do it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
>Maybe it's because they inflect everything like they are yelling, so they don't understand tonal speech cues.
Please explain how we do that.
>Please explain how we do that.
Explaining a joke doesn't make it funny, unfortunately. I was going for Australia->Austria->Hitler (who famously sounds like he is yelling during impassioned speeches), but obviously I failed.
>Places like here, desu. I see Americans saying, "I could give a shit," or, "I could care less," far more than saying they couldn't. I've also seen it in TV shows and porn, too, I think.
I just did a search on an archive of /int/ for the phrases "could give a shit" and "couldn't give a shit." The "could give a shit" results were confined to one page, with only two posts that used the phrase in a meaningful context, as opposed to posts like ours which are discussing the use of the phrase itself. The "couldn't give a shit" results were three pages.
I don't think the archive I searched is very comprehensive because of the low number of results, so I won't link to it, but if you know a better archive and want to share it or try it yourself, I'd be happy to know the results. I suspect that they would be similar however: many more meaningful instances of the "correct" phrase than the "incorrect" (or, charitably, "sarcastic") version.
Perhaps you have a sort of confirmation bias at work: Maybe Americans are more likely than others to use the "grammatically incorrect" phrase (something that speakers of English as a second language are much less likely to do for reasons that I hope are obvious), and so whenever you see someone say it and find that they are American, it (falsely) contributes to your ("incorrect") belief that Americans say it incorrectly more often than they say it correctly.
I picked up on the clever use of literary allusion almost immediately. Americans have a strong tradition of high-brow comedy. Being their neighbour, Canadians can pick up on the esquisitely ingenious American sense of humour in a way Australians probably can't.
It comes from Afro-American impressionist rhythm poems that would evoke powerful concepts indirectly.
Grave ---> gravy skip ---> slave ship, saddie ---> sad man ---> white man, grub ---> belly-rub ---> food, blues ---> blue moods ---> sad tunes, buck ---> buckaroo ---> buck's skin, et cetera.
Is How Not to Get Raped 101 mandatory for American school girls?
It must be necessary because of the state of American inner-cities.
I also couldn't detect the tone of your voice for some strange reason, either. It's almost as if you were using some kind of non-verbal means of communication.
Pic is for you.
I made it painfully obvious that it's based off of personal experiences people have. I never said it was a fucking in depth study or some shit.
>And property seems to be more affordable.
this is completely untrue unless you have a ridiculous amount of savings in the british pound, the exchange rate right now means any britbong would live like a king here
>Trudeau has said they won't retaliate if bombed.
I am having a very hard time believing that. What kind of country doesn't defend itself from actual acts of war? How can you have any sovereignty at all? I'm not saying you have to be aggressive, or even have a standing army, but how can a country still call itself a state if it preemptively promises not to fight back against foreign invaders? That's capitulation m8.
Either this was an exaggeration or a joke, I'm missing some crucial piece of context, or my American worldview is more out of touch with the rest of the world than I thought.
Is he by any chance saying like, he won't retaliate with violence if a Canadian embassy is bombed, or something like that? Surely he's not talking about actual attacks on Continental Canadian soil.
>Too bad Trudeau has said they won't retaliate if bombed.
Trudeau is full of shit. The Liberals love pretending that they are pacifists but they aren't.
His whole anti-bombing ISIS thing was just a fucking PR stunt to please libshits. Canadian jets are still in Iraq and still bombing shit. I have doubts he'll even pull them out as promised
> believing ludicrous shit stated without sources by an anonymous person on the internet
Why are you even taking what he said seriously? He might as well have said "Obama is an ISIS member". Source please? Otherwise it's just pure fantasy.
>His whole anti-bombing ISIS thing was just a fucking PR stunt to please libshits. Canadian jets are still in Iraq and still bombing shit.
Well that changes things significantly.
I was referring to this: