Island of the Sleeping Lady, Micronesia. Editorial Credit: Madelyn McCullough/Shutterstock.com.

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a relatively stable democracy that holds regular, competitive elections. However, secessionist movements have sometimes unsettled the country’s politics and threatened its unity. The judiciary is independent, and civil liberties are generally respected. Ongoing problems include underreporting of domestic violence and the exploitation of migrant workers.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Micronesia Country Report

Micronesia is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.