Sovereignty of FSM and FSM's individual states

President Trump, during his UN speech, talked about the sovereignty of each country. Essentially, he said each nation has sovereignty which should be guarded; that it is the responsibility of each country to look after its people--the way he is now trying to look after the needs of the American people; not the world people.

For the legal minds among us in this Forum, particularly, Taxiwom, Microspring and others, is the issue of sovereignty only apply to the FSM or do the FSM states (Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae and Pohnpei) retains some degree of sovereignty under the FSM Constitution?

I think it's a good question because a sovereign state has authority over its resources in: sea, land and air. Are there certain sovereignty rights/clauses in the Constitution that are shared in the case of the FSM--that would enable the FSM to be more decentralized or give more authority to resources located within states' jurisdiction?

Palau and RMI are totally sovereign states thus they have all the authority and characteristics of independent countries that Trump's "sovereignty" comments relate to. By having approved the FSM Constitution, the now-four FSM states had relinquished their inherent sovereignty to the FSM; is that a correct interpretation.

Is that why such resources such as fishery revenues could be used and/or abused by the FSM National Government with little say from the states--where the fish was taken from? Just curious; and hoping that the FSM national government will give more rights to the states.

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  • It is my personal belief that the union was reluctantly formed to camouflage an ill conceived political apparatus left behind by original players.
  • So Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei and Kosrae could have gone separately and retained their inherent sovereignty similar to Palau and RMI. But the four states decided to join the FSM union; and by doing so, gave up their sovereignty to the FSM. And that was also good--it was the choice of the people.

    Having said that, it is important, therefore, for the people working at the FSM national government that they should strive to show respect and appreciation to the individual states--for having giving up their quest for their own individual sovereignty; and instead agreed to the join the Union. This appreciation should be translated into the FSM national government "giving back" as much leeway and authority to the individual states. Also, when it comes to dividing up the fishing revenue, the FSM national government should give a greater share of the fishing fee to the states. After all, the states are the ones running education, health, public safety, etc.--as have been said in this Forum many times by different posters.

    Each of the FSM states need to become more economically viable--to the extent possible--in preparation for end of the 2nd financial provision. By providing more funding to the states, the FSM national government will enable the states to grow their economy; which will be the basis for the FSM economic growth. As such, the FSM Congressmen should know that they got elected by the states voters. They should do their best to bring the "bacon" to the states. Just some nervous thoughts as we inch toward the end of second financial provision of COFA.


  • The biggest problem in my view is the need to even have a congress or local municipalities.. I mean really, the governors should act as congressmen also. What can congress and local governments do that a smaller more representative group like the governors and state legislatures can't figure out? Simply president and cabinet. Governors and legislatures. Everything else, is why we're so stagnant as an island nation.
  • Because we, from the start, are not ONE island nation. We are a nation of DIFFERENT people of DIFFERENT backgrounds, cultures and social norms. We will force ourselves to beat around that but WON'T happen in our lifetime.
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  • Utero, if what you say is correct about former Pohnpei State Governor Pangelinan pushing for 50% of the fishing revenue to be provided to the state--50/50 sharing--that is a good idea. It should be resurrected or activated; and lobbied for.

    Sharing fishing revenues at 50/50 percent is one example of action the FSM Congress could take that will recognize and show respect to the inherent sovereignty of each of the FSM states. Without it, there will always going to be friction in the federation.
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