Why is Tonga listed under British Commonwealth?

edited May 2018 in Questions 0 LikesVote Down
Tonga has never been part of the British Commonwealth, always having its own monarchy and governed itself.


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  • Gibbons lists Tonga in the "Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps" catalogue. Scott states that Tonga is a kingdom in the British Commonwealth.

    Tonga was a protected state that governed itself under the Treaty of Friendship it had with Great Britain. That treaty terminated in 1970 when Tonga became a self-governing nation in the British Commonwealth, similar to Malaysia, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
  • edited May 2018 0 LikesVote Down
    Ok, so not a Commonwealth nation in the strictest sense, having never been a British dependency, but joined the Commonwealth of nations in 1970 as a self-governing nation. Thanks.
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