Republic of Kiribati

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In the continent of Oceania, halfway between Australia and Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, lies a group of 32 islands and a coral atoll straddling the equator. This country is named The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced kee-ree-bahs), or simply Kiribati. Kiribati is a unique country with intriguing customs and people. It comes from a European and Asian background but has developed a culture of its own with unique government, customs, history, religion, and more. Sadly, this country is one natural disaster away from losing everything and disappearing under the waves.
Though, this country may seem small and unimportant to bigger countries, to the I-Kiribati (the residents of the country), Kiribati is their home and very important. About 100
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What was left of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony officially became the Republic of Kiribati on July 12, 1979 (CIA). The country remains part of the British Commonwealth. In 1999, Kiribati was admitted to the United Nations (CultureGrams).
Kiribati’s government system is a republic. Kiribati’s current Chief of State and Head of Government is President Anote Tong (CIA). The president of Kiribati is called the beretitenti (CultureGrams). The CIA World Factbook says Kiribati’s legal system is “English Common Law supplemented by Customary Law.” Kiribati’s suffrage is eighteen-years-old. CultureGrams says, “Members of the House of Parliament include 44 elected representatives, one delegate from Banaba Island, and the attorney general.” Kiribati’s national anthem is Teirake kaini Kiribati or Stand up, Kiribati. The frigate bird is Kiribati’s national symbol (CIA).
While undefined, Kiribati’s economy is quite different from the USA’s, as they have different resources available to them. Kiribati’s agriculture products include breadfruit, taro, copra, sweet potatoes, fish, and other vegetables. Their industries include handicrafts and fishing. Kiribati’s exports include copra (62 percent), coconuts, fish, and seaweed (CIA). Their export partners are Thailand (43 percent), Japan (18 percent), Ecuador (17 percent), Other Asian countries (8.9 percent), and Australia (3.1
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