What does it mean that The Federated States of Micronesia is "a sovereign state in free association with the United States"?
#79127. Asked by author. (Apr 19 07 9:15 AM)
An associated state is the minor partner in a formal, free relationship between a political territory with a degree of statehood and a (usually larger) nation, for which no other specific term, such as protectorate, is adopted. The details of such "free association" are contained in a Compact of Free Association or Associated Statehood Act and are specific to the countries involved.
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