American Samoa: Political System
American Samoa is an outer territory of the USA and therefore not a separate
state like z. B. Hawaii. The head of state is the American president, who is
elected for four years. Likewise, the head of government in Samoa is elected for
four years. He can veto the laws passed by the legislative body.
The legislative body is the so-called Fono. It consists of 20
members, who are elected for two years in a free and equal election, and a
further 18 members, who are chosen for four years by the Matai, the chiefs. The
Matai have inherited their status. There are also emissaries from Swains Island,
which is itself a colony of American Samoas. Not all members of the Fono are
entitled to vote.
At the regional level, American Samoa is governed by three county presidents, 15
regional chiefs, and 55 village elders.
Samoa has its own constitution, which came into force in 1967 and includes the
judiciary, executive and legislative branches. The residents are not
automatically given US citizenship. However, you enjoy freedom of movement with
regard to entry into the USA.
The voting age is 18 years.
The population is actually satisfied with the current situation, since both
independence and integration into the USA would predominantly have
The American Samoans made a conscious effort not to become part of the USA, for
example in order not to have to adopt the American principle of land ownership.
Land does not belong to the individual, as already mentioned, but to the tribes
and is administered by the tribal chiefs, the Matai. These assign individual
people rights of use over a certain piece of land over a certain period of
time. As a result, 95% of the land in American Samoa is tribal-owned.
According to Digopaul.com,
the official name of the country is:
|American outer territory Samoa
Unincorporated and unorganized Territory of American Samoa
The state is divided into three plus one administrative divisions: Eastern,
Western, Manu'a and Swains Islands, American Samoas Colony.
The national anthem of a country is usually a piece of music underlaid with a
text that represents the state or To express the national feeling of a
country. It is usually played on particularly festive occasions, such as state
visits, special holidays or to honor politicians, business leaders, etc. The
introduction of the national anthems goes back to the end of the 18th and the
beginning of the 19th century.
The national anthem of American Samoa was declared as such in 1950. The text is
by Mariota Tiumalu Tuiasosopo and the music by Napoleon Andrew Tuiteleleapaga.
In the original version it reads:
|Lo'u Atunu'u pele 'oe
Oute tiu I lou igoa
O' oe o lo'u fa'amoemoe
O 'oe ole Penina ole Pasefika
E mo'omia e motu e lima
E ua ta'uta'ua au aga I fanua
Ma ou tala mai anamua
Tutuila ma Manu'a
Ala mai ia tu I luga
Tautua ma punou I lou Malo
Ia manuia ia ulu ola
Ole Malo ole sa'olotoga RepetitionTautua ma punou I lou
Ia manuia ia ulu ola
Ole Malo ole sa'olotoga
Soifua ma ia manuia,
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or for soldiers their affiliation to a certain country. Flags, field symbols,
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immemorial, for example soldiers were and are called to the flag, an ensign used
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American Samoa: Known People
Saumerset Maugham: He wrote the book "Rain".
Margaret Meat: The anthropologist wrote her book "Coming of
Age" after a stay in the village of Luma on Ta'u Island.