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Old 03-13-2019, 02:51 AM
 
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In Micronesia,only Guam and The CNMI can qualify for Statehood since they are U.S Territories,while the other islands of Micronesia are Independent.

But to be honest because of Guam and the CNMI's distance from the U.S Mainland,and it's small population and landmass. I really don't see these islands being admitted as States,but rather just remaining as U.S Territories which most people there seem happy with.

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If the rest of Micronesia, essentially the old Trust Territory plus Nauru and Kiribati were merged, they would have enough population to be a state. However, it would be much poorer than Mississippi, and all of those places suffer badly from nepotism and poor governance. The ethnic rivalries would most likely make it ungovernable. Outside the US Territories of Guam and the CNMI, and to a lesser extent the country of Palau, the rest of the countries (Nauru, Kiribati, FSM, and Marshals) are so incredibly poor, it would never function. Still, it would be the most beautiful state in the US, and probably have the best scuba diving in the world.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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In Micronesia,only Guam and The CNMI can qualify for Statehood since they are U.S Territories,while the other islands of Micronesia are Independent.

But to be honest because of Guam and the CNMI's distance from the U.S Mainland,and it's small population and landmass. I really don't see these islands being admitted as States,but rather just remaining as U.S Territories which most people there seem happy with.
I'm aware of the political boundaries in Micronesia, I was posting a hypothetical, as only all of Micronesia would have enough population for statehood, not just the Marianas chain.

As for the CNMI and Guam being content being part of the US, its more of a mixed picture. Resentment against the US mainland is common (especially as it relates to having to follow US laws), but the territories are dependent on US funding/investment and most realize they would be as poor as the rest of Micronesia if they became independent.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:09 PM
 
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WHy hasn't Micronesia been annexed?
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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Because only Guam and The CNMI wanted to remain with the U.S while the rest of Micronesia choose Independence.

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WHy hasn't Micronesia been annexed?
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:53 PM
 
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We should annex them before china buys them
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:16 PM
 
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We should annex them before china buys them
I have long believed we should do just that when the Palau, Micronesia, and Marshall Islands compacts expire in the 2020s using the Northern Mariana Islands as an enticement (a "You can be like them! Look at those nice checks they get every month!" deal).

As an added benefit it would create a 3rd line of defense against China.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:09 PM
 
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Palau,The Federated States of Micronesia and The Marshall Islands are all Independent.So they don't have the option to join the U.S.

So true.The CNMI has benefited immensely from remaining as a U.S Commonwealth.


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I have long believed we should do just that when the Palau, Micronesia, and Marshall Islands compacts expire in the 2020s using the Northern Mariana Islands as an enticement (a "You can be like them! Look at those nice checks they get every month!" deal).

As an added benefit it would create a 3rd line of defense against China.
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Old Yesterday, 01:26 PM
 
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Palau,The Federated States of Micronesia and The Marshall Islands are all Independent.So they don't have the option to join the U.S.

So true.The CNMI has benefited immensely from remaining as a U.S Commonwealth.

they always have the option. they should just join. They are easy prey for china.
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Old Yesterday, 02:13 PM
 
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Palau,The Federated States of Micronesia and The Marshall Islands are all Independent.So they don't have the option to join the U.S.

So true.The CNMI has benefited immensely from remaining as a U.S Commonwealth.
Texas in 1845 and Hawaii in 1898 were also independent countries. Didn't seem to be a problem then. All it takes is a referendum followed simple majority in the US Senate.
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I just think it's rather strange for any former U.S possessions to choose Independence and then later down the road want to return back to become part of the U.S.

Texas and Hawaii were all part of the U.S expansion back then,but nowadays the U.S really isn't looking to expand.


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Texas in 1845 and Hawaii in 1898 were also independent countries. Didn't seem to be a problem then. All it takes is a referendum followed simple majority in the US Senate.
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