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.
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
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
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
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.
In the original it reads:
|Gi talo gi halom tasi
Nai gaige tano 'ho
Ayo nai siempre hu saga
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