Micronesia

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MICRONESIA was formerly part of the US-administered UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, known as the Caroline Islands, and became independent in 1990. This self-governing republic consists of around 600 islands in the Caroline Islands Archipelago, which lies scattered across the western Pacific Ocean roughly 4,025 kilometers or 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.

There are four states: Yap, Chuuk (was Truk), Pohnpeé, and to the extreme east, Kosrae.

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The climate is tropical maritime, with high temperatures and rainfall all year round but a pronounced precipitation peak between July and October.

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Independence from the USA formally gained in 1990, but the decision to terminate their trusteeship was taken long before in 1978. However, Micronesia remains heavily dependent upon US aid, and some of its natural resources – timber, tuna, minerals from the sea – are not used to their full benefit.

There are significant phosphate deposits, but the island’s isolation restricts development.

Tourism is a growing trade, but the economy of the region remains fragile.

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