Officially: Federated States of Micronesia.
Seat of government: Palikir.
Status: Democratic.
Structure: The legislature (Congress) is elected in geographical constituencies, with one additional member (Senator) from each province (state), and chooses the president from among the Senators.
Head of government: Peter Christian, president (since 2015).
Recent history: Jacob Nena took office on the incapacitation of Bailey Olter (1991-7), and served as president 1997-9, followed by Leo Falcam (1999-2003), Joe Urusemal (2003-7), and Manny Mori (2007-15).
FH: 1-1, free.
Updated: 2015 May 12.