St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a country made up of a chain of islands in the southern portion of the Windward Islands. After Britain and the West Indies Federation failed to unite the Windward Islands under a single government, St. Vincent gained independence and joined the Commonwealth of Nations on October 27, 1979. It operates as a constitutional monarchy, with the Queen appointing a Governor-General. Executive power rests with the elected Prime Minister and legislation is created by the 21-member House of Assembly, with 15 elected constitutencies and 6 appointed senators. The judiciary consists of district courts, which appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Privy Council.
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