Commonwealth (U.S. insular area)

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Commonwealth is a term used by two Unincorporated territories of the United States in their full official names.wikipedia
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Northern Mariana Islands

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The territories are: the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico (which, in Spanish, officially calls itself the 'Free Associated State of Puerto Rico').
The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI; Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas; Refaluwasch or Carolinian: Commonwealth Téél Falúw kka Efáng llól Marianas; formerly in Spanish: Islas Marianas del Norte, in German: Nördliche Marianen, and in Japanese: 北マリアナ諸島), is an insular area and commonwealth of the United States consisting of 14 islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Puerto Rico

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The territories are: the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico (which, in Spanish, officially calls itself the 'Free Associated State of Puerto Rico'). Puerto Rico's political relationship with the U.S. has been a continuing source of debate in Puerto Rico, the United States Congress, and the United Nations.
The official name of the entity in Spanish is Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico ("free associated state of Puerto Rico"), while its official English name is Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Constitution of Puerto Rico

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The drafting of the Constitution of Puerto Rico by its residents was authorized by Congress in 1951, and the result approved in 1952.
Since Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, two authorities may override the Puerto Rico Constitution: the U.S. Constitution due to the Supremacy Clause, and relevant federal legislation due to the Territorial Clause.

Unincorporated territories of the United States

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Commonwealth is a term used by two Unincorporated territories of the United States in their full official names.

Insular area

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The definition of Commonwealth according to current U.S. State Department policy (as codified in the department's Foreign Affairs Manual) reads: "The term 'Commonwealth' does not describe or provide for any specific political status or relationship. It has, for example, been applied to both states and territories. When used in connection with areas under U.S. sovereignty that are not states, the term broadly describes an area that is self-governing under a constitution of its adoption and whose right of self-government will not be unilaterally withdrawn by Congress."

Non-voting members of the United States House of Representatives

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Insular areas are, however, afforded limited representation in the House by a Delegate who may vote in committee but not on the House floor.
Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, has been represented by a non-voting resident commissioner since 1901.

Commonwealth (U.S. state)

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Two U.S. territories are also designated as commonwealths: Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Politics of Puerto Rico

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On February 4, 1952, the convention approved Resolution 22 which chose in English the word "Commonwealth", meaning a "politically organized community" or "state", which is simultaneously connected by a compact or treaty to another political system.

Commonwealth of the Philippines

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The Commonwealth of the Philippines was an insular area that held commonwealth status from November 15, 1935 until July 4, 1946.

U.S. state

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Puerto Rico, an Unincorporated U.S. territory, refers to itself as the " Commonwealth of Puerto Rico" in the English version of its constitution, and as "Estado Libre Asociado" (literally, Associated Free State) in the Spanish version.

Terminology

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Commonwealth is a term used by two Unincorporated territories of the United States in their full official names.

United States

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Commonwealth is a term used by two Unincorporated territories of the United States in their full official names.

Commonwealth

British CommonwealthCommonwealth of NationsCommonwealth citizens
The definition of Commonwealth according to current U.S. State Department policy (as codified in the department's Foreign Affairs Manual) reads: "The term 'Commonwealth' does not describe or provide for any specific political status or relationship. It has, for example, been applied to both states and territories. When used in connection with areas under U.S. sovereignty that are not states, the term broadly describes an area that is self-governing under a constitution of its adoption and whose right of self-government will not be unilaterally withdrawn by Congress."

Foreign Affairs Manual

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The definition of Commonwealth according to current U.S. State Department policy (as codified in the department's Foreign Affairs Manual) reads: "The term 'Commonwealth' does not describe or provide for any specific political status or relationship. It has, for example, been applied to both states and territories. When used in connection with areas under U.S. sovereignty that are not states, the term broadly describes an area that is self-governing under a constitution of its adoption and whose right of self-government will not be unilaterally withdrawn by Congress."

Spanish–American War

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The United States acquired the islands of Puerto Rico in 1898 after the Spanish–American War.

United Nations

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Puerto Rico's political relationship with the U.S. has been a continuing source of debate in Puerto Rico, the United States Congress, and the United Nations.

Compact of Free Association

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Despite the Spanish translation of the term "commonwealth", Puerto Rico's relationship with United States is not a Compact of Free Association (which is the case for the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands).

Federated States of Micronesia

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Despite the Spanish translation of the term "commonwealth", Puerto Rico's relationship with United States is not a Compact of Free Association (which is the case for the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands).

Palau

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Despite the Spanish translation of the term "commonwealth", Puerto Rico's relationship with United States is not a Compact of Free Association (which is the case for the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands).

Marshall Islands

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Despite the Spanish translation of the term "commonwealth", Puerto Rico's relationship with United States is not a Compact of Free Association (which is the case for the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands).

Foraker Act

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The territory was organized by the Foraker Act in 1900, which was amended by the Jones–Shafroth Act in 1917.

Jones–Shafroth Act

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The territory was organized by the Foraker Act in 1900, which was amended by the Jones–Shafroth Act in 1917.

Citizenship of the United States

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Puerto Ricans have United States citizenship and vote for a Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, with voice but without vote, in the United States House of Representatives.

Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico

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Puerto Ricans have United States citizenship and vote for a Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, with voice but without vote, in the United States House of Representatives.