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American Samoa

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.

American Samoa: Political System

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 disadvantages.

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.

National anthem

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

America Samoa

Ole Malo ole sa'olotoga RepetitionTautua ma punou I lou Malo

Ia manuia ia ulu ola

America Samoa

Ole Malo ole sa'olotoga

Soifua ma ia manuia,

Teine Samoa

National flag

According to Countryaah.com, the national flag (national flag) of a country symbolizes, certain historical developments or special characteristics of this country. It serves z. B. for ships the identification of the country of origin or for soldiers their affiliation to a certain country. Flags, field symbols, flags or coats of arms have often had a high symbolic value since time immemorial, for example soldiers were and are called to the flag, an ensign used to carry a flag or a field symbol in battle to orient the soldiers of the unit. Nowadays every country has its own national flag, which is often supplemented by numerous other flags inside.

American Samoa flag and coat of arms

American Samoa: Known People

writer

Saumerset Maugham: He wrote the book "Rain".

scientist

Margaret Meat: The anthropologist wrote her book "Coming of Age" after a stay in the village of Luma on Ta'u Island.

 

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