Puerto Rico and Northern Mariana Islands are both "commonwealths" of the United States, while Guam and the US Virgin Islands are "unincorporated territories" of the United States. What is the difference? And what is the status of American Samoa?
#54096. Asked by author. (Jan 16 05 7:12 AM)
Puerto Rico and the Northern Marianas control their own internal affairs, while the US controls interstate trade, foreign affairs, custom administration and other areas usually controlled by the U.S. federal government, much like the 50 states. The main differences being local taxation and exemption from the Internal Revenue Code, lack of voting representation in the U.S. congress, and the ineligibility of their citizens to vote in Presidential elections. http://www.cnmi-guide.com/history/commonwealth/
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