State and politics
The Federation Legislative Assembly, Congress, has 14
members, ten elected in two years and four in four years.
The latter represent each of the four states, Chuuk, Kosrae,
Pohnpei and Yap. Among them, a president and a vice
president are elected, also in four years, after which the
vacancies in Congress are filled. In each state there is a
governor and a legislative assembly, elected for four years.
A Compact of Free Association treaty between the
Micronesian Federation and the United States entered into
force in 1986. According to this, which is not time-limited,
the United States retains responsibility for the Micronesian
Federation's defense for at least 15 years and at the same
time provides financial assistance to the Federation. It was
not until 1990 that the UN accepted that the Micronesian
Federation ceased to be part of the Pacific Island
Management Area. The Micronesian Federation was elected at
the UN in 1991.
The legal order in the Micronesian Federation is largely
characterized by American law. Each of the states has a
state court, to which comes the National Supreme Court
in the capital. The death penalty was abolished in
connection with the country's independence in 1986. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for how FM can stand for Micronesia.
Heads of State
||Leo Amy Falcam
||Peter M. Christian
||David W. Panuelo