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Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands: Political System

The Northern Mariana Islands have a status comparable to that of Puerto Rico. You are an American outlying area.

Northern Mariana Islands: Political System

The islands' citizens are US citizens, but they are not allowed to vote in the US presidential election, for example. However, you are also exempt from US income tax.

There is a bicameral parliament consisting of a senate with nine senators, three each from the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota, and a house of representatives with 15 members. Of the 15 representatives, 13 are from Saipan Island and one each from Rota and Tinian. The legislative period is two years.

The head of state is the President of the USA.

More information can be found on the official government website www.cnmihouse.gov.mp

According to Digopaul.com, the official name of the country is:

Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas

The voting age is 18 years.

There are four administrative districts: The Northern Islands, Rota, Saipan and Tinian.

National anthem

Based on flag descriptions by Countryaah.com, the country has two national anthems, the parent American national anthem and the local anthem, which has been in use since 1996. The music of the local hymn was written by Wilhelm Ganzhorn (1818-1880) based on the melody of the German song "In the Most Beautiful Wiesengrunde", the text is by Jose S. Pangelinan.

Northern Mariana Islands flag and coat of arms

In the original it reads:

Gi talo gi halom tasi

Nai gaige tano 'ho

Ayo nai siempre hu saga

Malago' ho

Ya un dia baihu hanao

Bai fatto ha 'ta'lo

Tisinoa hao hu dingo

O tano' hoChorus:

With beses yan mas

Hu saluda hao

Gatbo na islas Marianas

Hu tuna hao

 

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