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The Federated States of Micronesia, also known as Micronesia or Micronesia, is an island nation in the western Pacific Ocean. The country consists of 4 states with 607 islands with a combined area of 702 km². See Micronesia population density. The capital is Palikir.
According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER, the islands of Micronesia are very spread out, about 2,700 kilometers east-west. The main island is Pohnpei, where the capital Palikir is located. The remaining islands are mainly low-lying atolls. The country is located 1,800 kilometers north of the Solomon Islands and the same distance northeast of Papua New Guinea. To the west is Palau, to the northwest Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, US territories. To the east are the Marshall Islands. The main island of Pohnpei is mountainous and forested, with Nanlaud being the highest point at 782m. With a rainfall of 7,600 millimeters per year, Pohnpei is one of the wettest places in the world.
Between 1899 and 1914, the islands belonged to Germany, after which Japan conquered it in World War I. It was captured by the United States in World War II. Micronesia finally became independent in 1986. The country is democratic, with an income of $2,000 per inhabitant, which makes Micronesia a poor country. There are few raw materials, apart from phosphate. The main economic sector is fishing. Problems are geographical isolation and limited infrastructure.
On most inhabited atolls there is only one short road, through the population centers. There are a few more roads that cross the main island of Pohnpei, including a full loop around the island. The capital Palikir is more of a collection of scattered buildings than a real capital and has 5,700 inhabitants, with one main road. There are no highways in Micronesia, and traffic drives on the right. In the largest city Kolonia there are some roads and there is a street pattern. The ring road around the island is narrow, but offers beautiful views.
Another larger population center is the island of Yap. This is also where the main airport of Micronesia is located, and there is a small road network. On Yap are some modern small bridges, the most important works of art in Micronesia. Due to the large distances, there are no ferry services between the islands, traffic between the islands is by plane.
There is no road numbering in Micronesia.
There is no signage in Micronesia, what is there is of a makeshift nature, put up by local residents.