|Official language||English (for offical perposes, many local languages|
|Head of State||King George VII|
|President of the commonwealth||Micheal Howard|
|Population||2.2 billion inhabitants|
|Foundation||July 3 1948 (declared), December 12th 1948 (formalised)|
The United Commonwealth is the evolution of the British Empire in the Sacrifice of Angel's timeline. This timeline diverges from OTL on May 20th 1940 when a series of Nuclear explosions devastate Germany, America and the Soviet Union after a series of dimensional rifts open linking the planet with another where a limited Nuclear exchange occured bettween Russia and the United States.
Following this Stalin, Hitler and Roosovelt were all presumed dead along with most of the political staff of their countries. In addition the german army supply lines were destroyed and the troops demoralised by what had occured in their homeland. This enabled the British and the French to mount a successful counterattack and the German's sued for peace in on July 31st 1940.
In America an isolationist president was elected and the country withdrew from international affairs to lick it's wounds. Russia fell into civil war caused in part by the return of Trotsky from exile in September 1940 eventually breaking up into regional republics.
A devastated Germany meanwhile built a new democratic system and forged a survival alliance with Britain to aid in rebuilding. France was also badly hit by fallout from Germany and this as well as the damage from the invasion soured relations between the two countries for good, in addition the French were angry with the British for supporting a former enemy.
By the late 1940's the loss of most of it's rivals had consolidated Britain's hold over a quarter of the world but disatisfaction with the current system most strongly in India led to a need for a new system of gouverment. In 1946 Anthony Benton published his blueprint for change which called for full local autonomy and the establishment of a council or a senate consisting of members from all member states to decide forign policy and settle internal disputes. After two years of debate the British Parliment passed the bill and the Commonwealth was born. Over the next ten years the Empire slowly became an Alliance and stabilised as local people's were granted rights denied for so long.
For the next sixty years the Alliance was the premier power on the planet but as the 20th century ended America began to move away from isolationist policies and into competition with the Alliance. This led to a rivally which was made stronger by the discovery by the Times of London in 2006 that an American experiment might have been the cause of the 1940 event.