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Making MicronesiaA Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama$
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David L. Hanlon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838461

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838461.001.0001

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Governing a Rainbow

Governing a Rainbow

(p.184) Chapter 7 Governing a Rainbow
Making Micronesia

David Hanlon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the hardships of governing the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as unity remained more a goal than a reality. In his first inaugural address, Tosiwo Nakayama likened FSM to a beautiful rainbow of many different colors stretching across an ocean; shared aspirations made this new Pacific Islands nation stronger than its individual parts. Later speeches, given on national occasions including his State of the Nation addresses, came to focus on the mechanics of government and development. Lacking experience in establishing a new government, Nakayama and his associates would learn to govern by the doing of it. The task before them was to establish a functioning, internationally recognized government, while concluding negotiations with the United States on a compact of free association that would end the trusteeship, and affirm the FSM as an independent, self-governing nation.

Keywords:   Federated States of Micronesia, new government, free association, self-government, self-governing nation

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