Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1980 by the Ripablik blong Vanuatu


Vanuatu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu (French: République de Vanuatu, Bislama: Ripablik blong Vanuatu), is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres east of northern Australia, 500 kilometres northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Vanuatu | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 78, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"Like many Pacific island states, Vanuatu is threatened by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. A powerful cyclone struck the region in March 2015, killing at least two dozen people, displacing many more, and destroying nearly all crops across the country. To raise funds for the recovery, the government expanded its programs granting Vanuatu passports in exchange for investments in the country. The schemes have largely targeted Chinese nationals seeking tax benefits or easy access to European countries."