For some bizarre reason, I’ve been consumed lately with an interest in trivia related to the British Empire and Commonwealth.
So, here goes another question: In the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, only one other political entity besides the 13 American colonies issued a declaration of independence from the Crown. What was the name of that entity?
In 1965, Southern Rhodesia, known more commonly as Rhodesia, was governed by a white minority regime that refused to go along with British efforts to institute black majority rule. As Britain continued to press for majority rule, the white Rhodesians issued their so-called Unilateral Declaration of Independence, an action that immediately earned Southern Rhodesia international opprobrium, including condemnation from the United Nations, which characterized it as “illegal racist minority regime.”
Oddly, for a time after its declaration, Southern Rhodesia continued to acknowledge Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state but did not recognize her colonial representative, Sir Humphrey Gibbs.