Forgotten World (183): Palmyra

Palmyra is an atoll of a mere 4.6 square miles located in the Northern Pacific Ocean. It is incorporated territory of the United States, meaning that it is subject to all provisions contained in the United States Constitution and is permanently under U.S. sovereignty. However, it is also an unorganized territory as there is no Congressional Act specifying how it should be governed.
In fact, the issue of Palmyra’s governance is somewhat academic, as there is no indigenous population remaining nor any reason to think that there will be one in the future. For the last few years, the atoll has been manned by a group of scientists, Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers, and Fish & Wildlife representatives totalling between four and 20.


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