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Britain and Friends

Sherlock Holmes said “I am one of those who believes that the folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes.”   This quote from the "Adventure of the Noble Batchelor" by Arthur Conan Doyle describes the the idea of all countries with a British heritage, not just the US and the UK, joining together. This concept arose in 19th century with the idea of an Imperial Federation.  This became more popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as the British Empire came under pressure from rising nationalist and anti-colonialist forces.   These like-minded countries can easily be identified because in addition their having very similar cultures of trade and law, they all speak English as their main language.  The membership list of this club varies quite considerably dependin…