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In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.


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Government

Country name
Conventional long form Federated States of Micronesia
Conventional short form None
Local long form Federated States of Micronesia
Local short form None
Former
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Ponape, Truk, and Yap Districts
Abbreviation FSM

Government type
Constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force on 3 November 1986 and the Amended Compact entered into force in May 2004

Capital
Name Palikir
Geographic coordinates 6 55 N, 158 09 E
Time difference
UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions
4 states; Chuuk (Truk), Kosrae (Kosaie), Pohnpei (Ponape), Yap

Independence
3 November 1986 (from the US-administered UN trusteeship)

Constitution
10 May 1979

Legal system
Mixed legal system of common and customary law

International law organization participation
Has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt

Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state
President Emanuel MORI (since 11 May 2007); Vice President Alik L. ALIK (since 11 May 2007); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
Head of government
President Emanuel MORI (since 11 May 2007); Vice President Alik L. ALIK (since 11 May 2007)
Cabinet
Cabinet includes the vice president and the heads of the 8 executive departments
Elections
President and vice president elected by Congress from among the four senators at large for a four-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 11 May 2011 (next to be held in May 2015); note - a proposed constitutional amendment to establish popular elections for president and vice president failed
Election results
Emanuel MORI reelected president by Congress unopposed; Alik L. ALIK reelected vice president

Legislative branch
Unicameral Congress (14 seats; 4 - one elected from each state to serve four-year terms and 10 - elected from single-member districts delineated by population to serve two-year terms; members elected by popular vote)
Elections
Last held on 8 March 2011 (next to be held in March 2013)
Election results
Percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 14

Judicial branch
Supreme Court

Political parties and leaders
No formal parties

Political pressure groups and leaders
NA

International organization participation
ACP, ADB, AOSIS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, IOC, IPU, ITSO, ITU, MIGA, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO, WMO

Diplomatic representation in the us
Chief of mission Ambassador Asterio R. TAKESY
Chancery
1725 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Telephone [1] (202) 223-4383
FAX [1] (202) 223-4391
Consulate(s) general Honolulu, Tamuning (Guam)

Diplomatic representation from the us
Chief of mission Ambassador Peter A. PRAHAR
Embassy 101 Upper Pics Road, Kolonia
Mailing address
P. O. Box 1286, Kolonia, Pohnpei, 96941
Telephone [691] 320-2187
FAX [691] 320-2186

Flag description
Light blue with four white five-pointed stars centered; the stars are arranged in a diamond pattern; blue symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, the stars represent the four island groups of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap

National anthem
Name "Patriots of Micronesia"
Lyrics/music Unknown
Note
Adopted 1991; the anthem is also known as "Across All Micronesia;" the music is based on the 1820 German patriotic song "Ich hab mich ergeben," which was the West German national anthem from 1949-1950; variants of this tune are used in Johannes Brahms' "Festival Overture" and Gustav Mahler's "Third Symphony"


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Dollenier Pohnpei

Winimor Chuuk

Lamear Yap

Qupeel Yap


Peitiu Chuuk

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