The Marshall Islands were under US administration for almost four decades, before gaining their independence in 1986. Located between Hawaii and Australia, the country is composed of two island chains in the Pacific Ocean. Although they are independent at this time, the Marshall Islands heavily depends on U.S. aid. They currently receive $1.5 billion in direct aid, with agriculture and tourism making up most of their economy otherwise.
There are over 70,000 people currently living in the Marshall Islands, which uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. They are primarily native Marshallese, which is also the official language of the islands.
The government of the Marshall Islands is a mixed parliamentary-presidential system, with elections held every four years. As far as the defense of the country is concerned, the United States is responsible for international defense of the islands. The same compact gives citizens of the Marshall Islands the ability to live and work in the United States if they choose, while still remaining citizens of the Marshall Islands.
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