Islands and the Mariana Islands (Northern Mariana Islands)", will be granted independence. The PSL would end the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and close all foreign military bases of the US.
district courts, including diversity jurisdiction and bankruptcy jurisdiction. Appeals are taken to the Ninth Circuit (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Economy
on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons (especially August to November). '''Crime''' : people have reported their cars being broken into in Saipan's tourist areas, and some people have also had their apartments or hotel rooms burgled. Don't leave valuables lying around and use common sense when walking around tourist areas, especially at night. That said, Saipan is safer than a lot of other destinations, with muggings and other violent crimes against tourists being extremely rare. Stay healthy
Louisiana Creole people have Spanish surnames, they identify with the mostly French (Culture of France) – though partially Spanish – culture of their region. - Northern Mariana Islands Saipan English (English language) - * August 4, 1977 — United States Department of Energy created * January 1, 1978- The Northern Mariana Islands left the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to become
had 15,700 Japanese settlers (including 2700 ethnic Koreans and 22 ethnic Chamorro). On December 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces from the Marianas launched an invasion of Guam (Battle of Guam (1941)). Chamorros from the Northern Marianas, which had been under Japanese rule for more than 20 years, were brought to Guam to assist the Japanese administration. This, combined with the harsh treatment of Guamanian Chamorros during the 31-month occupation
, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (Northern Mariana Islands), United States genre Hard rock, heavy metal (Heavy metal music) '''Rota''' (Chamorro (Chamorro language): ''Luta'') also known as the "peaceful island", is the southernmost island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Northern Mariana Islands) (CNMI) and the second southernmost of the Marianas Archipelago (Marianas). It lies approximately 40 miles
developments Puerto Rico Recent developments for more information. On May 10, 1979, four of the Trust Territory districts ratified a new constitution to become the Federated States of Micronesia. Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands chose not to participate. The FSM signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States of America (United States), which entered into force on November 3, 1986, marking Micronesia's emergence from trusteeship
in existence that advocate becoming a U.S. state, union with the state of Hawaii, union with the Northern Mariana Islands as a single territory, or independence. The Compacts of Free Association (Compact of Free Association) between the United States, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau accorded the former entities of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands a political status of "free association"
New World colony, Puerto Rico, which together with Guam and the Philippines were ceded to the United States for 20 million dollars. In 1899, Spain sold its remaining Pacific islands—the Northern Mariana Islands, Caroline Islands and Palau—to Germany and Spanish colonial possessions were reduced to Spanish Morocco, Spanish Sahara and Spanish Guinea, all in Africa. John L. Offner, ''Unwanted War: The Diplomacy of the United States
Department of Education U.S. Department of Education . Educational accreditation decisions are made by voluntary regional associations (regional accreditation). Schools in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, teach in English, while schools in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico teach in Spanish. Nonprofit private schools are widespread, are largely independent of the government, and include secular as well
slowdown. Currently, more Korean tourists go to the CNMI than Guam, while more Japanese tourists go to Guam than the CNMI. This change is reflected by a shift in airlines servicing the islands, with Korean Air and Asiana Airlines offering direct service to Saipan from Seoul, South Korea, while JAL and ANA offer direct service from Japan to Guam. Air service is now offered from most major Chinese cities as well (including Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou). The agricultural sector is made up of cattle ranches and small farms producing coconuts, breadfruit, tomatoes, and melons. Garment production used to be the largest industry, but the last garment factory closed in early 2009. The northern islands of the CNMI are mainly populated by Caroline Islanders (a Polynesian group with origins in Kiribati), while the southern islands are populated by Chamorros. In recent years, the CNMI has allowed many migrant workers. Climate Tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation. Dry season December to June, rainy season July to October. The typhoon, or hurricane, season lasts several months and starts in late August to early September and lasts until January. Terrain Southern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs. Northern islands are volcanic. Get in thumb 290px Unai Dankulo Beach, Tinian (File:Unai Dankulo, Tinian, -2 Jan. 2011 a.jpg) Immigration to the CNMI was transferred to the US federal government in 2009. US citizens can enter with proof of citizenship (passport). Entry to the CNMI is permitted to all foreign nationals allowed into the rest of the US: travelers under the Visa Waiver Program & those with a valid US visa. Additionally, the CNMI (along with Guam) participates in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. This program allows visa-free entry up to 45 days for citizens of Brunei, Malaysia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan (only on non-stop flights from Taiwan), & Hong Kong provided they have a valid passport, proof of return onward travel, and is only valid to those arriving on commercial, scheduled flights. Citizens of some countries that are eligible for the federal Visa Waiver Program—Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, & the United Kingdom—are also allowed entry under the Guam-CNMI VWP and may enter under either program. Travel to other regions of the US outside CNMI & Guam under the Guam-CNMI V.W.P. is not allowed. Residents of Hong Kong must present a valid HK permanent identity card and are allowed entry with either a Hong Kong S.A.R. passport or British National (Overseas) passport. Residents of Taiwan must present a valid R.O.C. National Identification Card in addition to an R.O.C. passport. Citizens of Russia are eligible for parole (essentially the same as visa-free travel) to enter the Northern Marianas Islands (but not Guam). Because of differences in entry requirements, a full immigration check is done when traveling to from Guam. The CNMI is a separate customs jurisdiction from the rest of the U.S. Travelers (including US citizens coming from a point of origin in the US) pass through CNMI customs on entry. By plane The main international gateway into the Marianas is Saipan. There are frequent flights from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but visitors from the US will have to connect in Guam or transit through the previous countries listed. By boat There are no scheduled ferry services to the islands. Occasionally yachts, cruise ships, or military vessels stop in port for a brief visit. Get around thumb 280px American Memorial Park (File:American Memorial Park2.JPG) By plane Scheduled flights on Cape Air United Express connect Saipan to Guam several times a day and Rota 4 times a week. Freedom Airlines offers twice daily flights to Guam via Rota, in additional to a more frequent Tinian service. Three other islands have airstrips that can serve (expensive) chartered flights. By boat Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino runs a ferry service from Saipan to Tinian and back. See The CNMI has many WWII bunkers, which fall under the National Park Service as "War in the Pacific" parks. There are also memorials on the northern end of Saipan to the Japanese soldiers and civilians who feared capture by U.S. forces and committed suicide by jumping from the cliffs into the ocean. Do The Marianas' top activity among Americans is '''scuba diving''' and '''snorkeling'''. In additional to the coral reefs you might expect, the waters around the islands were the scene of fierce fighting during World War II and there are many ship wrecks and even rusting tanks stuck on the seabed. Many Asian (particularly South Koreans) visitors come to the CNMI for gambling (especially on Tinian), and karaoke hostess bars. Saipan has a thriving (but illegal) prostitution industry, most of the workers being from China or the Philippines. Cockfighting is a weekend activity at the Saipan Cockpit. Betting on the outcome is legal. Talk thumb 200px Katori Shrine on Saipan (File:Saipan Katori Shrine7.JPG) '''English''' is the official language and universally spoken, but 86% of the population speaks a language other than English at home, including the native languages Chamorro (Chamorro phrasebook) and Carolinian (Carolinian phrasebook). Basic Japanese (Japanese phrasebook) is also spoken by many in the tourist industry. Tagalog (Filipino phrasebook), Chinese (Chinese phrasebook) and Korean (Korean phrasebook) are also used widely. Buy The CNMI uses the '''US dollar''' exclusively. The islands are fairly expensive due to their remote location, comparative wealth and the profusion of free-spending Japanese and Korean package tourists, so figure on at least US$100 a day for travel in any comfort (this being also the entry requirement). As in the mainland US, tips of 10-15% are expected. Major credit cards are accepted at most retailers and restaurants. On Saipan, the major banks, and some restaurants and stores all have ATM machines. Bank of Guam has branches on Tinian and Rota, complete with ATMs. Eat While all American and Japanese favorites are readily available, local '''Chamorro''' food (or touristy versions of it) is also offered in speciality restaurants. Filipino, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Italian and Mexican dishes are also widely available. Most of the hotels have expensive but good quality restaurants, especially Hyatt Regency in Garapan, Aqua Resort in Tanapag, Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio.But you can also find good quality restaurants not only in hotels, one of this is : "The Coffee Room N-106" in Garapan. McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and Winchell's Donuts are all available. Drink The main beers available in Saipan establishments are Budweiser and Miller products, usually sold in bottles only. However, a few places do serve Fosters or Victoria Bitter on tap, and a few have Miller Lite on tap as well. Other brands widely sold are San Miguel (Philippines), Tsingtao (China), Sapporo (Japan, bottled in Canada), and Corona (Mexico). Plenty of stores on Saipan have low-priced, good quality wine available, and there are plenty of harder drinks as well as mixers available everywhere. Sleep thumb 270px The islands' modest sized legislative building on Capitol Hill, Saipan (File:CNMI Legislature Building.JPG) Saipan's accommodation options are concentrated towards giant package hotels. Rack rates are often ludicrous but heavy discounts are available, especially outside the Japanese holiday seasons. Cheap motels are few, hostels are nonexistent, and camping is not recommended due to security concerns. Options are even more limited on Tinian and Rota. Learn Northern Marianas College is Saipan's community college option, and they have satellite campuses on Tinian and Rota. Public and private schools are also available for children from preschool age to high school. Work U.S. citizens can work freely without needing a permit; however citizens of most other nations need a permit from the Department of Labor. Most businesses prefer to employ Filipinos, and also citizens of Thailand, China, South Korea and Bangladesh. The minimum wage is $5.05 per hour. Stay safe '''Natural hazards''' : active volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons (especially August to November). '''Crime''' : people have reported their cars being broken into in Saipan's tourist areas, and some people have also had their apartments or hotel rooms burgled. Don't leave valuables lying around and use common sense when walking around tourist areas, especially at night. That said, Saipan is safer than a lot of other destinations, with muggings and other violent crimes against tourists being extremely rare. Stay healthy The Commonwealth Health Center is Saipan's overburdened and understaffed public hospital. There are also many excellent but expensive private clinics. The Seventh-Day Adventist clinic is noted for their dental care and vision centre. Health care on the other islands is scarce. Respect thumb 350px The Saipan coast near Forbidden Island (File:Line3762 - Flickr - NOAA Photo Library.jpg) Veneration of the elderly, ancestors, and departed family members is a large part of Chamorro culture. Always give respect to the older people in the room. Cope Countries that maintain a consular presence in the CNMI include Japan and Palau Northern Marianas are part of the North American dialing plan. The country code is '''1''', and the local area code is '''670'''. Mail is handled by the U.S. Postal Service; the state code is '''MP''' and the postal code is '''96950'''. The main post office branch is in Chalan Kanoa, other branches are in Capitol Hill as well as Tinian and Rota. Most hotels can send mail for you. DHL and FedEx also offer courier services. Internet access is widely available. The top level domain for the Northern Marianas is '''.mp'''. Go next All departing travellers must pass through US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints; if you are continuing on to Guam, you need a US Passport, a valid US visa, or to be a citizen of a Visa Waiver Country as the US government controls Guam immigration. Travellers returning to Japan from the Northern Marianas are not allowed to bring any US beef products (including beef jerky) due to current trade restrictions; any such products will be confiscated and destroyed by Japanese customs officials. WikiPedia:Northern Mariana Islands Dmoz:Regional Oceania Northern_Mariana_Islands
The '''Northern Mariana Islands''', officially the '''Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands''' ('''CNMI'''; are permanently inhabited.
The Commonwealth's center of government is in the village of Capitol Hill (Capital Hill, Saipan) on Saipan. As the island is governed as a single municipality, most publications name Saipan as the Commonwealth's capital (Capital (political)).