''Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995, although it had not been a part of the British Empire.''
The Commonwealth of England, which existed from 1649 to 1660, under Cromwell.
''Mr. Martin was found guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth by making false welfare claims.''
Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, (non-gloss definition)
Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (non-gloss definition)
Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (non-gloss definition)
Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, (non-gloss definition)
In general, a term for a republican state.