What is a commonwealth?
A commonwealth is any political entity that was founded on law
and united by a compact for the good of the people.
# The people of a nation or state; the body politic.
# A nation or state governed by the people; a republic.
## Used to refer to some U.S. states, namely, Kentucky,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
## Used to refer to a self-governing, autonomous political unit
voluntarily associated with the United States, namely, Puerto Rico
and the Northern Mariana Islands.
# An international association such as The Commonwealth of
Nations (formerly the British Commonwealth) or the Commonwealth of
Independent States (former Soviet Republics).
# The English state and government from the death of Charles I
in 1649 to the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, including the
Protectorate of 1653 to 1659.
# Archaic. The public good; commonweal.