States of Micronesia (1986), and the Marshall Islands (1986). Most of them still have U.S. bases within their territories. In the case of Okinawa, which came under U.S. administration after the battle of Okinawa during World War II, this happened despite local popular opinion. Patrick Smith, also at http: www.nytimes.com 1998 03 06 opinion 06iht-edsmith.t_0.html -- Pay Attention to Okinawans and Close
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inflicted severe and irreparable damage on Japanese ground installations and against enemy naval and merchant shipping. His hard-hitting, wide-ranging carriers pounded the enemy from Truk to the Palaus, along the New Guinea coast, and throughout the Marianas (Mariana Islands). His eager, resourceful aviators devastated Japanese carrier forces in the Battle of the Philippine Sea—also known as the Marianas Turkey Shoot—during June 1944. Notably, when a follow-up strike was forced
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of the Philippines, the destroyer covered the operations of underwater demolition teams preparing the beaches, then gave screening and fire support during the landings on 20 October. In the phase of the Battle for Leyte Gulf known as the Battle of Surigao Strait on 24 and 25 October, ''Claxton'' screened the battle line in the surface action which virtually destroyed the Japanese southern force. The following sovereign states are not members of the WCO: Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, South Sudan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, North Korea, Palau, Solomon Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Cook Islands, Niue and the states with limited recognition (List of states with limited recognition). Joining Task Force 58 (Fast Carrier Task Force) in January 1944, ''North Carolina'' escorted aircraft carriers as the flagship of Admiral Willis A. Lee for much of the year, providing support for airborne strikes on Kwajalein, Namur (Roi-Namur), Truk (twice), Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Palau, Woleai, and Hollandia (Jayapura) in January–April. Also in April, ''North Carolina'' destroyed defensive installations on Ponape (Pohnpei) before setting course for Pearl Harbor for repairs to a damaged rudder. With repairs completed, the battleship joined with ''Enterprise'' on 6 June for assaults within the Marianas; as part of these, ''North Carolina'' used her main battery to bombard Saipan and Tanapag. Parallels The ''Encyclopedia of Religion'', Eliade, Mercea ''The Encyclopedia of Religion'' 1993; MacMillan Reference Books in its article on yoni, notes the similarity between the positioning of many sheela na gigs above doorways or windows and the wooden female figures carved over the doorways of chiefs' houses (''bai'') in the Palauan archipelago. Called ''dilukai'' (or ''dilugai''), they are typically shown with legs splayed, revealing a large, black, triangular pubic area; the hands rest upon the thighs. The writers of the encyclopedia article say: Commons:Category:Palau WikiPedia:Palau Dmoz:Regional Oceania Palau
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themselves must be viewed critically, given the difficulty of knowing in the chaos of 1941 and 1942 exactly who had been killed, wounded or even conscripted". Richard Overy, ''Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941–1945'', Penguin Books, 1998, ISBN 0-14-027169-4 p. XV The official Russian statistics for military dead do not include an additional estimated 500,000 conscripted reservists missing or killed before being listed on active strength, 1,000,000
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server. "Join" is a main menu option. Here's an excerpt from their list of qualifications: "The League of Micronations does not accept applicants who do not have an Internet homepage, exist for purely commercial reasons, contain pornographic material, promote hacking or other illegal activities, or are racist or hate sites (League of Micronations Charter, Article 3d)." Even so it only has 35 member "states". Durova (User:Durova) 16:06, 13 November 2005 (UTC
'''Palau''' ( ), Constitution of Palau. (PDF). palauembassy.com. Retrieved on 1 June 2013. is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located in Melekeok State (Melekeok) on the nearby island of Babeldaob. The islands share maritime boundaries (maritime boundary) with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
The country was originally settled around 3,000 years ago by migrants from the Philippines and sustained a Negrito population until around 900 years ago. The islands were first visited by Europeans in the 18th century, and were made part of the Spanish East Indies in 1885. Following Spain's defeat in the Spanish–American War in 1898, the islands were sold to Imperial Germany in 1899 under the terms of the German–Spanish Treaty (German–Spanish Treaty (1899)), where they were administered as part of German New Guinea. The Imperial Japanese Navy conquered Palau during World War I, and the islands were later made a part of the Japanese-ruled South Pacific Mandate by the League of Nations. During World War II, skirmishes, including the major Battle of Peleliu, were fought between American and Japanese troops as part of the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign. Along with other Pacific Islands, Palau was made a part of the United States-governed Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947. Having voted against joining the Federated States of Micronesia in 1979, the islands gained full sovereignty in 1994 under a Compact of Free Association with the United States.
Politically, Palau is a presidential (presidential system) republic in free association (associated state) with the United States, which provides defense, funding, and access to social services. Legislative power is concentrated in the bicameral Palau National Congress. Palau's economy (Economy of Palau) is based mainly on tourism, subsistence agriculture and fishing, with a significant portion of gross national product (GNP) derived from foreign aid. The country uses the United States dollar as its currency. The islands' culture mixes Japanese, Micronesian and Melanesian elements. The majority of citizens are of mixed Micronesian, Melanesian, and Austronesian descent, with significant groups descended from Japanese (Japanese people) and Filipino (Filipino people) settlers. The country's two official languages are Palauan (Palauan language) (member of the wider Sunda–Sulawesi language group (Sunda–Sulawesi languages)) and English (English language), with Japanese (Japanese language), Sonsorolese (Sonsorolese language), and Tobian (Tobian language) recognised as regional languages.