Group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1986 by the Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ


Marshall Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) (Marshallese: Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ), is a Micronesian nation of atolls and islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just west of the International Date Line and just north of the Equator. As of July 2011 the population was 67,182. In 1986, RMI achieved independence under the Compact of Free Association with the United States. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Marshall Islands | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 92, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
"Parliamentary elections held in November 2015 featured significant turnover, with 14 of 33 seats in the unicameral legislature changing hands. The results were a blow to the government of President Chris Loeak, who saw about half of his cabinet members voted out of office. While the incumbent government was supported by the Aelon Kein Ad (AKA) party and the Kien Eo Am (KEA) group was in opposition, elections are officially nonpartisan, and lawmakers are free to form alliances and change affiliations."