Federated States of Micronesia
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For the region of Micronesia, please see Micronesia (disambiguation) The Federated States of Micronesia is a country in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It is composed of four major island groups totaling 607 islands that lie just north of the equator about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia, to the north of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and to the south of the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
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About Federated States of Micronesia
In 1979, the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. On 3 November, 1986, independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US; economic provisions of the Compact are being renegotiated. Previously, the area had been colonized by the Japanese, the Germans, and the Spanish
Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.
Tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage; Natural hazards : typhoons (June to December).
Some popular activities are:
Diving, Viewing, Traditional culture, Swimming
The ancient Yapese may be known for their rai stones ("stone money"), but the official currency of the FSM nowadays is the US Dollar.
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Cities in Federated States of Micronesia
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Yap is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.
- Bechyal Cultural Center
- Colonia Public Park
- Yap Sports Complex
Points of Interest in Federated States of Micronesia
The countless islands are largely undeveloped and their sheer remoteness and Robinson Crusoë like-atmosphere are a major draw for visitors. There are gorgeous sea views all around, and the islands' scenery treats vary from beautiful beaches to lush jungles. There's world of colour under water and if you're willing to dive, there are some great opportunities to see under water life.
The ruined city of Nan Madol on Pohnpei is a true highlight and the site of ancient rituals, politics, and royal dwellings of the Saudeleur dynasty. It's a collection of 92 man-made islets connected with tidal canals, which gained it the obvious name of Venice of the Pacific. It's a magnificent archeological attraction, covering 18km2 partly reclaimed by nature. There are huge basalt pillars and stone structures which create an image of the temples, bathing houses, vaults and pools that once formed the centre of life here for centuries.
Of later date but still quite old are the ruins of Lelu, connected with a causeway to Kosrae. Constructed in the 13th and 14th century, this was the centre of the local royalty. Today, it's the stuff of adventure movies: tucked away in tick jungle and largely overgrown. The original purpose of several of the remaining structures is known, and on-site signs help to get a good idea.
The main island of Yap is famous for its stone money, which is still used for ceremonial gifts or payments. Sometimes huge in size, these stone "coins" are a sight in itself. Stroll to the village of Balabat to see the stone money bank and keep your eyes out for traditional houses. Although available on most islands, the village Bechiyal is home to Yap's oldest faluw (or men's house). Yap is also the place to see the best of the region's indigenous arts, as it houses the excellent Ethnic Art Village.