Islands in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1981 by the Monarchy of Antigua and Barbuda


Antigua and Barbuda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Antigua and Barbuda (Spanish for 'ancient' and 'bearded') is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population number approximately 81,800 (at the 2011 Census) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John's, on Antigua. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Antigua and Barbuda | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 82, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"In April 2015, Parliament passed a controversial banking act that increases the regulatory authority of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank over banks in Antigua and Barbuda. The move was in part a response to a financial crisis that had been sparked by a Ponzi scheme involving American investor R. Allen Stanford. Although a group of defrauded investors sued the government of Antigua and Barbuda in 2013, claiming that top officials were aware of Stanford's scheme and benefited from it, no Antiguan officials connected to the Stanford case have been brought to trial."