Not the region, which includes not only this country, but also the other islands northeast of New Guinea (including Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Nauru). This article is only about the country.
The Federated States of Micronesia is made up of states, in this case four of them, each one made up by a lot of islands. The states are Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae and Pohnpei, the last two states being made up by an only island.
They were a special territory of The United States (to be more specific, Trust Territory), formed their own constitutional government in 1979, and were given independence in 1986. But before the Americans took over the place, it was a German colony occupied by Japan during World War I. Before the Germans, it was a Spanish colony. And even before them, it was a Portuguese colony.
The language of the country is English, but a lot of native languages are used at local levels. Not having a lot of minerals, the country subsists mainly on fishing and farming. Being so isolated from the world is a drawback when it comes to international trade.
The island of Yap is also known for having "stone money", huge rocks in the form of coins, as if a giant had lost some change there.
The Micronesian flag
- Capital: Palikir
- Largest town: Weno
- Population: 104,468
- Area: 702 km² (271 sq mi) (177th)
- Currency: United States dollar ($) (USD)
- ISO-3166-1 Code: FM