The National Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia was adopted on November 30, 1978.
The National Flag of Micronesia features a light blue background with four white five-pointed stars positioned at the center and arranged in a diamond pattern. The light blue color of the flag symbolizes the Pacific Ocean. The four stars represent the four island groups that make up the Federated States of Micronesia - Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. The flag has a width-to-length proportion ratio of 10:19.
Prior to the World Wars, the Islands of Micronesia were administered by Spain (1886-1899) and Germany (1899-1914). After WWI, the islands were administered by Japan (1914-1944). During this entire period, the islands were represented by the flags of the respective administrators. In the aftermath of the WWII, the flag of the United Nations represented the islands during 1947-1965. From, 1965-1978, the flag of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands had represented the Islands of Micronesia. From 1944-1978, the Micronesian Islands were represented by the flag of the United States.
The National Coat of Arms/Seal of the Federated States of Micronesia was adopted in 1986. It features a centrally placed light blue colored disk. Within the disk is an arc of four white five-pointed stars and a sprouted coconut floating in the deep blue ocean. At the bottom of the floating coconut is a white scroll, inscribed with the National Motto: “Peace, Unity, Liberty”. The year 1979 appears below the scroll. On the outer portion of the seal the words, “Government of the Federated States of Micronesia” is written in bold blue letters.
“Peace, Unity, Liberty”
"Patriots of Micronesia" ("Across all Micronesia") is the official national anthem of the Federated States of Micronesia. The music of the anthem has been composed by August Daniel von Binzer and is based on the music of the German song, "Ich hab' mich ergeben". The author of the anthem lyrics is however still unknown. The anthem was officially adopted on December 10, 1991.
This here we are pledging,
With heart and with hand,
Full measure of devotion
To thee, our native land.
Now all join the chorus,
Let union abide.
Across all Micronesia
Join hands on every side.
We all work together,
With hearts, voice and hand,
Till we have made these islands
Another promised land.
The current official currency of Micronesia is the United States dollar ($, USD). The currency regulation in Micronesia is the responsibility of the Banking Board of the Federal States of Micronesia.
Coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents, and one dollar are currently issued. The coins are minted by the United States Mint.
Banknotes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote bills are currently issued. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for printing the Micronesia currency notes.
In most of the Micronesian Islands, the US dollar is used as the currency, but the Yap Island is majorly known for stone money. The stone money is referred to as “Rai” or “Fei”. They are curved disks with doughnut shapes that come from Calcite. The value of Rai is based on both the history and the stone size. According to history, Yapese put so much value on the disks because the material resembled quartz. Apart from the stone money, there are other currencies which are also used such as the “Mmbul”, “Gau or Gaw”, “Yar” and “Reng.” The Gau is has greater value compared to the Mmbul. Then the Reng is the currency which is mostly used in tribal ceremonies.In the past, the value of the stone money has been high due to the difficulty of obtaining it. As a result, the official currency that is used currently in Yap and all over Micronesia is the U.S. dollar.