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The Commonwealth of Dominica is a borderless country in the Caribbean, a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth. Unlike other former British colonies in the region, Dominica was never a Commonwealth realm with the British monarch as head of state, as it instead became a republic on independence.
The name is pronounced "Dom-in-EEK-a," with the accent on the third syllable. It should not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, another Caribbean nation, (with stress on the "a").
Commonly referred to as "The Nature Island", Dominica is largely covered by lush rainforest, and is home to the world's second-largest boiling lake.