Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1978 by the Monarchy of the Solomon Islands


Solomon Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Solomon Islands is a sovereign state in Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea, consisting of nearly one thousand islands. It covers a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres. The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The nation of the Solomon Islands is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Solomon Islands are believed to have been inhabited by Melanesian people for many thousands of years. Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to arrive in Solomon Islands in 1568 and named them Islas Salomón. The United Kingdom established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in 1893. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Solomon Islands | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 68, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"Following elections in November 2014, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare named nearly 40 political appointees to his new government in January 2015, up from 14 in the previous administration. Opposition critics said the appointments would impose a heavy burden—roughly $12 million annually—on taxpayers amid a struggling economy. Subsequent decisions by the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission to grant tax-free salaries and other improved benefits to lawmakers further fueled public frustration with the government."