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 for American Samoa
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  American Samoa
      n 1: a United States territory on the eastern part of the island
           of Samoa [syn: American Samoa, Eastern Samoa, AS]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  American Samoa
     Introduction American Samoa
                              Background: Settled as early as 1000 B. C.,
                                          Samoa was "discovered" by European
                                          explorers in the 18th century.
                                          International rivalries in the
                                          latter half of the 19th century were
                                          settled by an 1899 treaty in which
                                          Germany and the US divided the
                                          Samoan archipelago. The US formally
                                          occupied its portion - a smaller
                                          group of eastern islands with the
                                          excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the
                                          following year.
     Geography American Samoa
                                Location: Oceania, group of islands in the
                                          South Pacific Ocean, about half way
                                          between Hawaii and New Zealand
                  Geographic coordinates: 14 20 S, 170 00 W
                          Map references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 199 sq km
                                          note: includes Rose Island and
                                          Swains Island
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 199 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 116 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical marine, moderated by
                                          southeast trade winds; annual
                                          rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy
                                          season from November to April, dry
                                          season from May to October; little
                                          seasonal temperature variation
                                 Terrain: five volcanic islands with rugged
                                          peaks and limited coastal plains,
                                          two coral atolls (Rose Island,
                                          Swains Island)
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Lata 966 m
                       Natural resources: pumice, pumicite
                                Land use: arable land: 5%
                                          permanent crops: 10%
                                          other: 85% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: typhoons common from December to
            Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water
                                          resources; the water division of the
                                          government has spent substantial
                                          funds in the past few years to
                                          improve water catchments and
                        Geography - note: Pago Pago has one of the best
                                          natural deepwater harbors in the
                                          South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by
                                          shape from rough seas and protected
                                          by peripheral mountains from high
                                          winds; strategic location in the
                                          South Pacific Ocean
     People American Samoa
                              Population: 68,688 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 38.1% (male 13,445;
                                          female 12,688)
                                          15-64 years: 56.7% (male 19,228;
                                          female 19,741)
                                          65 years and over: 5.2% (male 1,931;
                                          female 1,655) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 2.31% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 24.04 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 4.34 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: 3.42 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 1.17 male(s)/
                                          total population: 1.02 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 10.09 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.53 years
                                          female: 80.21 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 71.12 years
                    Total fertility rate: 3.4 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: American Samoan(s)
                                          adjective: American Samoan
                           Ethnic groups: Samoan (Polynesian) 89%, Caucasian
                                          2%, Tongan 4%, other 5%
                               Religions: Christian Congregationalist 50%,
                                          Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and
                                          other 30%
                               Languages: Samoan (closely related to Hawaiian
                                          and other Polynesian languages),
                                          note: most people are bilingual
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 97%
                                          male: 98%
                                          female: 97% (1980 est.)
     Government American Samoa
                            Country name: conventional long form: Territory of
                                          American Samoa
                                          conventional short form: American
                                          abbreviation: AS
                       Dependency status: unincorporated and unorganized
                                          territory of the US; administered by
                                          the Office of Insular Affairs, US
                                          Department of the Interior
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Pago Pago
                Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US); there
                                          are no first-order administrative
                                          divisions as defined by the US
                                          Government, but there are three
                                          districts and two islands* at the
                                          second order; Eastern, Manu'a, Rose
                                          Island*, Swains Island*, Western
                            Independence: none (territory of the US)
                        National holiday: Flag Day, 17 April (1900)
                            Constitution: ratified 1966, in effect 1967
                            Legal system: NA
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President George W.
                                          BUSH of the US (since 20 January
                                          2001) and Vice President Richard B.
                                          CHENEY (since 20 January 2001)
                                          election results: Tauese P. SUNIA
                                          reelected governor; percent of vote
                                          - Tauese P. SUNIA (Democrat) 50.7%,
                                          Lealaifuaneva Peter REID
                                          (independent) 47.8%
                                          elections: US president and vice
                                          president elected on the same ticket
                                          for four-year terms; governor and
                                          lieutenant governor elected on the
                                          same ticket by popular vote for
                                          four-year terms; election last held
                                          7 November 2000 (next to be held NA
                                          November 2004)
                                          head of government: Governor Tauese
                                          P. SUNIA (since 3 January 1997) and
                                          Lieutenant Governor Togiola TULAFONO
                                          (since 3 January 1997)
                                          cabinet: NA
                      Legislative branch: bicameral Fono or Legislative
                                          Assembly consists of the House of
                                          Representatives (21 seats - 20 of
                                          which are elected by popular vote
                                          and 1 is an appointed, nonvoting
                                          delegate from Swains Island; members
                                          serve two-year terms) and the Senate
                                          (18 seats; members are elected from
                                          local chiefs and serve four-year
                                          elections: House of Representatives
                                          - last held 7 November 2000 (next to
                                          be held NA November 2002); Senate -
                                          last held 7 November 2000 (next to
                                          be held NA November 2004)
                                          note: American Samoa elects one
                                          nonvoting representative to the US
                                          House of Representatives; election
                                          last held 7 November 2000 (next to
                                          be held NA November 2002); results -
                                          Eni F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA (Democrat)
                                          reelected as delegate for a sixth
                                          election results: House of
                                          Representatives - percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - NA;
                                          Senate - percent of vote by party -
                                          NA%; seats by party - independents
                         Judicial branch: High Court (chief justice and
                                          associate justices are appointed by
                                          the US Secretary of the Interior)
           Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party [leader NA];
                                          Republican Party [leader NA]
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization ESCAP (associate), Interpol
                           participation: (subbureau), IOC, SPC
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of the US)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (territory of the US)
                        Flag description: blue, with a white triangle edged in
                                          red that is based on the outer side
                                          and extends to the hoist side; a
                                          brown and white American bald eagle
                                          flying toward the hoist side is
                                          carrying two traditional Samoan
                                          symbols of authority, a staff and a
                                          war club
     Economy American Samoa
                      Economy - overview: This is a traditional Polynesian
                                          economy in which more than 90% of
                                          the land is communally owned.
                                          Economic activity is strongly linked
                                          to the US, with which American Samoa
                                          conducts most of its foreign trade.
                                          Tuna fishing and tuna processing
                                          plants are the backbone of the
                                          private sector, with canned tuna the
                                          primary export. Transfers from the
                                          US Government add substantially to
                                          American Samoa's economic well-
                                          being. Attempts by the government to
                                          develop a larger and broader economy
                                          are restrained by Samoa's remote
                                          location, its limited
                                          transportation, and its devastating
                                          hurricanes. Tourism, a developing
                                          sector, has been held back by the
                                          recurring financial difficulties in
                                          East Asia.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $500
                                          million (2000 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: NA%
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $8,000
                                          (2000 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
                                          industry: NA%
                                          services: NA%
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): NA%
                             Labor force: 14,000 (1996)
             Labor force - by occupation: government 33%, tuna canneries 34%,
                                          other 33% (1990)
                       Unemployment rate: 6% (2000)
                                  Budget: revenues: $121 million (37% in local
                                          revenue and 63% in US grants)
                                          expenditures: $127 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (FY96/97)
                              Industries: tuna canneries (largely supplied by
                                          foreign fishing vessels),
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 130 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 120.9 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: bananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro,
                                          breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples,
                                          papayas; dairy products, livestock
                                 Exports: $345 million (1999)
                   Exports - commodities: canned tuna 93%
                      Exports - partners: US 99.6%
                                 Imports: $452 million (1999)
                   Imports - commodities: materials for canneries 56%, food
                                          8%, petroleum products 7%, machinery
                                          and parts 6%
                      Imports - partners: US 62%, Australia 11%, Japan 9%, NZ
                                          7%, Fiji 4%, other 7%
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: important financial support from the
                                          US, more than $40 million in 1994
                                Currency: US dollar (USD)
                           Currency code: USD
                          Exchange rates: the US dollar is used
                             Fiscal year: 1 October - 30 September
     Communications American Samoa
          Telephones - main lines in use: 13,000 (1997)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 2,550 (1997)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                          domestic: good telex, telegraph,
                                          facsimile and cellular telephone
                                          services; domestic satellite system
                                          with 1 Comsat earth station
                                          international: satellite earth
                                          station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 1, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                  Radios: 57,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 1 (1997)
                             Televisions: 14,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .as
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1 (2000)
                          Internet users: NA
     Transportation American Samoa
                                   Railways: 0 km
                                   Highways: total: 350 km
                                             paved: 150 km
                                             unpaved: 200 km
                                  Waterways: none
                          Ports and harbors: Aunu'u (new construction), Auasi,
                                             Faleosao, Ofu, Pago Pago, Ta'u
                            Merchant marine: none (2002 est.)
                                   Airports: 4 (2001)
              Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                             2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
                                             under 914 m: 1 (2001)
            Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 2
                                             under 914 m: 2 (2001)
     Military American Samoa
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
     Transnational Issues American Samoa
                                                Disputes - international: none

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