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Micronesia Flag

Shop for authentic Micronesia Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Micronesia flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Micronesia flag sets.

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History of the Micronesian Flag

The Micronesia Flag features a light blue background with four 5-pointed white stars arranged in the shape of a diamond. The light blue color represents the Pacific Ocean and the four stars represent the four different states of the Federation, which are, Chuuk (formerly known as Truk), Pohnpei, Yap, and Kosrae. The Micronesia Flag was officially adopted on November 30th, 1978 but the flag has been used since 1962, just the number of stars on the flag has varied, depending on how many islands were included in the federation at the time.

Micronesia (also referred to as the Federated States of Micronesia) is an island nation across the Pacific Ocean. As it is an island nation, there are no bordering countries but its neighbouring countries are, Guam, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Australia, Papa New Guinea, and Philippines. The capital of Micronesia is Palikir, which is located on the island of Pohnpei. Micronesia is made up of 607 islands, only 65 of which are inhabited. Micronesia, literally translates as "small islands." It is one of the smallest countries with just over 100,000 inhabitants. The majority of the inhabitants are located in the largest island of the Federated States of Micronesia, which is called Weno (located on the Chuuk Island) and approximately 14,000 people live here, and approximately 4,500 people live in the capital, Palikir. All the islands were a result of volcanic activity thousands of years ago, and geographically, Micronesia is spread across the Caroline Islands.

During the 16th Century, the Spanish reached and claimed the Caroline Islands until 1899, when they sold them to Germany following the Spanish-American war and it then became part of German New Guinea. During WWI, Japan captured the Caroline Islands and it was under their rule and during WWII, the majority of the Japanese army was based on the island of Truk (Chuuk). Many important and significant battles occurred here, including "Operation Hailstone" (February 1944), which resulted in the destruction of many Japanese vessels and aircrafts. Following WWII, the Federated States of Micronesia came under the control of the USA and was part of the "Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands." On May 10th, 1979, Micronesia became self-governing and on November 3rd, 1986, it became an independent state. Micronesia does not have its own army, as that is still under the control of the USA.

The majority of Micronesia's economy is reliant on agriculture and fishing. There are many beautiful places to visit but tourism is not so popular due to the location of the islands, the size and not enough facilities, making it one of the least visited countries in the world. The only tourists that really visit the island are divers. The island of Chuuk is thought to be the "dive wreck capital of the world" as there are over 50 shipwrecks from WWII to be seen in the waters.

Geographic Coordinates
6 55 N, 158 15 E
Area
702 sq km
Population
107,154
Life Expectancy
71.23 years
Government Type
Constitutional government in free association with the us
Capital
Palikir
GDP
$238.1 million (2008 est.)
Unemployment
22% (2000 est.)
Currency
U.S. Dollar (USD)
Calling Code
+691
Internet TLD
.fm