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A division of Oceania in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the islands east of the Philippines and north of the equator. It includes the Caroline, Marshall, Mariana, and Gilbert Islands.
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1. (Placename) one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Melanesia and Polynesia); the NW division of Oceania: includes the Mariana, Caroline, Marshall, and Kiribati island groups, and Nauru Island
2. (Placename) Federated States of Micronesia an island group in the W Pacific, formerly within the United States Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: comprises the islands of Truk, Yap, Ponape, and Kosrae: formed in 1979 when the islands became self-governing: status of free association with the US from 1982. Languages: English and Micronesian languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Palikir. Pop: 106 104 (2013 est)
[C19: from micro- + Greek nēsos island; so called from the small size of many of the islands; on the model of Polynesia]
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(ˌmaɪ krəˈni ʒə, -ʃə)

1. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the small Pacific islands N of the equator and E of the Philippines, whose main groups are the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands.
2. Federated States of, a group of islands in the W Pacific, in the Caroline Islands, comprising the islands of Pohnpei, Truk, Yap, and Kosrae: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; now a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 131,500; 271 sq. mi. (701 sq. km).
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Noun1.Micronesia - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United StatesMicronesia - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Kolonia - capital of Micronesia
Ladrone Islands, Mariana Islands, Marianas - a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521
Caroline Islands - a long archipelago of more than 500 islands in Micronesia to the east of the Philippines
Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
Ellice Islands, Tuvalu - a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
Gilbert and Ellice Islands - a former British possession in Micronesia
Nauru Island, Pleasant Island, Nauru - a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
2.Micronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of OceaniaMicronesia - the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Oceania, Oceanica - a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
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References in classic literature ?
Ethnographically it belongs to Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, because all the breeds of the South Pacific have gravitated to it by canoe-drift and intricately, degeneratively, and amazingly interbred.
The three main domiciles are Singapore, Labuan and Micronesia. Then, you have China and Hong Kong.
Before it was apprehended, its last maritime activity was recorded at Orion,Bataan and was preparing to depart the country for Micronesia to transport undocumented number of Filipinos.
The draft resolution "Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities" got a recorded 155 votes in favor to 5 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States), with 10 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Palau, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Togo) --.
The respective communique was signed in Tokyo by Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov and Ambassador of Micronesia to Japan John Fritz.
Air Niugini on Friday morning attempted to land at the Chuuk Island airport but crash landed in the Micronesia archipelago.
Chuuk [Micronesia], Sept 29 ( ANI ): A day after an Air Niugini flight crashed into the sea in Micronesia's Weno, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea has confirmed that one male flyer is missing while six have been hospitalised.
While the new issuance enables returning OFWs or balik manggagawa to travel to Micronesia, it bars new hires from working in the said country.
"It was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards short and she went down," Jimmy Emilio, general manager of Chuuk Airport at Weno in Micronesia, told Reuters by telephone.
Bello said the POEA previously imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Micronesia based on the DFA's recommendation following a complaint that Filipino workers employed in a Micronesian hospital were being abused and not being paid.
For the record, Federated States of Micronesia is a country spread across the western Pacific Ocean consisting of four states, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae.