Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)

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Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index114th best
CapitalPalikir
Land Area1 3 170 km2
LocationAustralasia, Micronesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population2112 098
Life Expectancy369.161yrs (2012)
GNI3$3 352
ISO3166-1 Codes4FM, FSM, 583
Internet Domain5.fm
Currency6Dollar (USD)
Telephone7+691

1. Overview

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986, independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Micronesia National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
114Philippines65.459.1
115Uzbekistan65.463.6
116Syria64.856.5
117Micronesia64.563.5
118Guyana63.655.0
119Botswana63.456.4
120Honduras63.253.9
121S. Africa62.960.3
122Kiribati62.962.1
123Indonesia62.951.5
124Vanuatu62.661.5
125Kyrgyzstan62.259.4
126Tajikistan62.256.5
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
111Moldova53.4
112Sao Tome & Principe53.2
113Guatemala53.1
114Micronesia53.0
115Timor-Leste (E. Timor)53.0
116Samoa53.0
117Namibia52.8
118Palestine52.7
119Vietnam52.5
120Algeria52.4
121Botswana52.3
122Bahrain52.1
123Uzbekistan52.0
124Tajikistan51.3
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2013).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
119Moldova69.6
120Fiji69.4
121Iraq69.6
122Micronesia69.2
123Bangladesh69.2
124Korea, N.69
125Russia69.1
126Nepal69.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
129Swaziland3.2
130Bolivia3.2
131Pakistan3.2
132Micronesia3.3
133Sao Tome & Principe3.5
134Djibouti3.6
135Vanuatu3.8
136Samoa3.8
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
176Samoa184 77265
177St Lucia177 794291
178Sao Tome & Principe171 878179
179Micronesia112 09835
180St Vincent & Grenadines109 367280
181Grenada105 303310
182Tonga104 891146
Data Source

Micronesia's population is predicted to rise to 128 767 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 3.33. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
170Portugal1976
171Guinea-Bissau1977
172Zimbabwe1978
173Micronesia1979
174Marshall Islands1979
175Palau1979
176Vanuatu1980
177Iraq1980

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#Buddhism #Christianity #Hinduism #Islam #Judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian95.3%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.4%
Folk Religion2.7%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 52.7%, Protestant 41.7% (Congregational 40.1%, Baptist 0.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 0.7%), other 3.8%, none or unspecified 0.8% (2000 Census)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
103Philippines25.00
104Thailand21.20
105Syria20.66
106Micronesia20.01
107Bolivia20.00
108Paraguay19.80
109Kyrgyzstan19.58
110Uzbekistan19.45
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
183Brunei6
184St Lucia6
185Tuvalu5
186Micronesia5
187Nauru5
188Singapore5
189Malaysia4
190Marshall Islands4
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
128Honduras$3 426
129Guyana$3 387
130Palestine$3 359
131Micronesia$3 352
132Moldova$3 319
133India$3 285
134Uzbekistan$3 201
135Kiribati$3 079
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
59Serbia30
60Montenegro30
61Thailand30
62Micronesia30
63Latvia25
64Estonia25
65El Salvador25
66Nicaragua25
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/micronesia.html
Parent page: Vexing International Issues

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References: (What's this?)

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2013) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2016 Nov 01.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011).^
  3. UN (2013).^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/fm.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^

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