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World map of dependent territories.      AUS      DAN      FRA      NED      NZL      NOR      GBR      USA
World map of dependent territories.
     AUS      DAN      FRA      NED      NZL      NOR      GBR      USA

A dependent territory, dependent area or dependency is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a State. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 370 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,357 × 628 pixels, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 370 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,357 × 628 pixels, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... For other uses, see Australia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including the disambiguation of Danmark, see Denmark (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Netherlands (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see New Zealand (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Norway (disambiguation). ... “UK” redirects here. ... Types of administrative and/or political territories include: A legally administered territory, which is a non-sovereign geographic area that has come under the authority of another government. ... “Sovereign” redirects here. ... For other uses, see State (disambiguation). ...


There are varying degrees and forms of dependence, commonly distinguished from other subnational entities in that they are not considered to be part of the motherland or mainland of the governing State. In most cases they also represent a different order of separation. A subnational entity typically represents a division of the State proper, while a dependent territory might be an overseas territory that enjoys a greater degree of autonomy. For instance, many of them have more or less separate legal systems from the governing States. Varies among different legal and constitutional traditions, these territories may or may not be considered part of the States. Subnational entity is a generic term for an administrative region within a country — on an arbitrary level below that of the sovereign state — typically with a local government encompassing multiple municipalities, counties, or provinces with a certain degree of autonomy in a varying number of matters. ... Motherland is a term that may refer to a mother country, i. ... This article is about the geomorphological/geopolitical term; MAINLAND is also a cheese brand owned by Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy company. ...


The areas separately referred to as non-independent are territories that are disputed, are occupied, have a government in exile or have a non-negligible independence movement. A territorial dispute is a disagreement over the possession/control of land between two or more states, or over the possession/control of land by one state after it has conquered it from a former state no longer currently recognized by the occupying power. ... Belligerent military occupation occurs when the control and authority over a territory belonging to a state passes to a hostile army. ... A government in exile is a political group that claims to be a countrys legitimate government, but for various reasons is unable to exercise its legal power, and instead resides in a foreign country. ...

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Lists of dependent territories

Currently there are 58 dependencies on this list. Out of the list below, Australian, British and New Zealand territories are part of the Commonwealth realm - their governing States are personal union under the same British monarch. As a result of the Antarctic Treaty, all claims south of 60 degrees south are not recognised or disputed. They are italicised. Uninhabited territories or territories with no permanent population are marked with hash keys/number symbols (#). The Commonwealth Realms, shown in pink A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the sixteen sovereign states within the Commonwealth of Nations that recognise Elizabeth II as their respective monarch. ... It has been suggested that Dynastic union be merged into this article or section. ... The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ... For the Antarctic Treaty from the Gundam anime, see Antarctic Treaty (Gundam) The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System or ATS, regulate the international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earths only uninhabited continent. ...


The list includes several territories that are not included in the list of non-self-governing territories [1] listed by the General Assembly of the United Nations (which also includes Western Sahara, since 1990, the General Assembly reaffirmed that the question of Western Sahara was a question of decolonization which remained to be completed by the people of Western Sahara). Map of the countries in the UN list:  current  former The United Nations maintains a list of territories that do not govern themselves. ... UN and U.N. redirect here. ...


A number of political entities have a special position recognized by international treaty or agreement (i.e. Åland in Finland, Hong Kong & Macau in the Peoples Republic of China, and Svalbard in Norway). These are not dependent territories in the strict sense of the meaning, but have in some way a similar position. See List of special entities recognized by international treaty or agreement for more information. “Aland” redirects here. ... Four political entities have a special position recognized by international treaty or agreement (Ã…land in Finland, Svalbard in Norway, as well as the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau in the Peoples Republic of China). ...


Kosovo is an international protectorate within a sovereign state Serbia. It is not a dependent territory in the strict sense of the meaning, but is in some way similar. For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ...


Australia

See also: States and territories of Australia
External territory Administration
Flag of Australia Ashmore and Cartier Islands # From Canberra by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Flag of Australia Australian Antarctic Territory # From Canberra by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.
Flag of Christmas Island Christmas Island From Canberra by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Flag of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Cocos (Keeling) Islands From Canberra by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Flag of Australia Coral Sea Islands # From Canberra by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Flag of Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands # From Canberra by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.
Flag of Norfolk Island Norfolk Island Commonwealth responsibilities administered from Canberra through the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

The states and territories of Australia make up the Commonwealth of Australia under a federal system of government. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) is the part of Antarctica claimed by Australia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Christmas_Island. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Cocos_(Keeling)_Islands. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norfolk_Island. ...

Denmark

Division Administration
Flag of the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Self-governing overseas administrative division since 1948. Part of the Kingdom of Denmark but not of the European Union.
Flag of Greenland Greenland Self-governing overseas administrative division since 1979. Part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Left the European Union in 1986.

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Faroe_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greenland. ...

France

See also: Overseas departments and territories of France
The Overseas regions of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion are integral parts of the French Republic, and are therefore not dependencies.
Territory Administration
Flag of France Clipperton Island# Atoll administered by the Minister for Overseas Territories. No permanent population.
Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia Overseas collectivity since 2003; Overseas country since 2004.
Flag of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands French Southern and Antarctic Lands # Overseas territory since 1955, administered from Paris by an Administrateur Superieur (since May 2000, François Garde assisted by Secretary General Jean-Yves Hermoso). Includes Île Amsterdam, Île Saint-Paul, Îles Crozet and the Îles Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, five islands in the Mozambique Channel and Indian Ocean, plus Adélie Land, the French-claimed sector of Antarctica. No permanent population.
Flag of Mayotte Mayotte Departmental collectivity since 2001; overseas collectivity since 2003.
Flag of New Caledonia New Caledonia "Sui generis" collectivity since 1999; appears on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Flag of Saint Barthélemy Saint Barthélemy overseas collectivity since 2007.
Flag of France Saint Martin overseas collectivity since 2007.
Flag of Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Pierre and Miquelon Territorial collectivity since 1985; overseas collectivity since 2003.
Flag of Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna Overseas territory since 1961; overseas collectivity since 2003.

French overseas departments and territories The French Overseas Departments and Territories (French: départements doutre-mer and territoires doutre-mer or DOM-TOM) consist broadly of French-administered territories outside of Europe. ... Overseas region (French: Région doutre-mer), is a recent designation given to the overseas departments which have similar powers to those of the regions of metropolitan France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_French_Polynesia. ... A collectivité doutre-mer (in English Overseas Community) or COM, is an administrative division of France. ... Pays doutre-mer (POM, French for overseas country) is the particular designation the collectivité doutre-mer (COM) of French Polynesia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_French_Southern_and_Antarctic_Lands. ... A Territoire doutre-mer (TOM, French for Overseas territory) is an administrative division of France. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... ÃŽle Amsterdam IPA: (meaning Amsterdam island, after the Dutch capital) is a French island in the Indian Ocean located at . ... Map of St. ... The Crozet Islands (French ÃŽles Crozet) are a sub-antarctic archipelago of small islands in the southern Indian Ocean, part of the French Southern Territories. ... Kerguelen Islands The Kerguelen Archipelago is in the southern Indian Ocean at 49°20′ S 70°20′ E. The main island, Grande Terre, originally called Desolation Island, is 6,675 km2 and it is surrounded by another 300 smaller islands and islets, forming an archipelago of 7,215 km². The... Location of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean: • 1 : Bassas da India • 2 : Europa Island • 3 : Glorioso Islands • 4 : Juan de Nova Island • 5 : Tromelin Island (KM : Comoros, MG : Madagascar, MU : Mauritius, MZ : Mozambique, RE : Réunion, YT : Mayotte) The Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (French: ÃŽles Éparses... Adélie Land is the portion of the Antarctic coast between Pourquoi Pas Point at 66°12S, 136°11E and Point Alden at 66°48S, 142°02E, with a shore length of 350 km and with its hinterland extending as a sector about 2600 km toward... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mayotte_(local). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Sui generis is a (post) Latin expression, literally meaning a scholar like what pradeep is or unique in its characteristics. ... Map of the countries in the UN list:  current  former The United Nations maintains a list of territories that do not govern themselves. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Saint_Barthelemy_(local). ... Anthem For Sweden - The Land of The Incredible Biffs Capital (and largest city) Gustavia Official languages Swedish Government  -  Prime Minister of Sweden Nick XII Bonaparte  -  Prefect Per af Biffsläkt  -  President of the Territorial Council none yet; however Henning is the mayor of Saint-Barthelemy Overseas Collectivity of Sweden   -  Swedish... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital (and largest city) Marigot Official languages French Government  -  President of France Jacques Chirac  -  Prefect Dominique Lacroix  -  President of the Territorial Council none yet; however Albert Fleming is the mayor of Saint-Martin Overseas Collectivity of France   -  Island divided between France and the Netherlands 23 March 1648... Image File history File links Flag_of_Saint-Pierre_and_Miquelon. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wallis_and_Futuna. ...

Netherlands

See also: Kingdom of the Netherlands
Country Administration
Flag of Aruba Aruba Full autonomy in internal affairs obtained upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986; Government of the Netherlands responsible for defense and foreign affairs. Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands but not of the European Union.
Flag of the Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles Full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Government of the Netherlands responsible for defense and foreign affairs. Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but not of the European Union.

The Netherlands Antilles will be dissolved on 15 December 2008. Flag of Curaçao Curaçao and Flag of Sint Maarten Sint Maarten will become autonomous regions in their own right. Flag of Bonaire Bonaire, Flag of Saba Saba and Flag of Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius will become special municipalities of the Netherlands. Image File history File links Flag_of_Aruba. ... Like a number of other European countries with proportional representation, the Dutch have always had coalition governments. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands_Antilles. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Curaçao. ... For other uses, see Curaçao (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sint_Maarten. ... Motto Semper pro grediens (Latin) Anthem O sweet Saint-Martins Land Capital (and largest city) Philipsburg Official languages Dutch, English Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  -  Administrator Franklyn Richards constitutional monarchy part of the Netherlands Antilles, separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands as from December 15... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bonaire. ... Anthem: Tera di Solo y suave biento Capital (and largest city) Kralendijk Official languages Dutch Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  - Bonaire Administrator  - Governor of N.A. Frits Goedgedrag Constitutional monarchy part of the Netherlands Antilles  Area  - Total 288 km² 111 sq mi  Population  - 2001 census 10,791  - Density... Image File history File links Flag_of_Saba. ... Motto Remis Velisque (Latin) With oars and sails (English) Anthem Saba you rise from the ocean Capital The Bottom Largest city The Bottom Official languages Dutch, Papiamento and English (unofficial) Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  -  Saba Administrator A.J.M. Solagnier  -  Governor of N.A. Frits Goedgedrag Constitutional... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sint_Eustatius. ... Map showing location of Sint Eustatius relative to Saba and Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. ...

New Zealand

See also: Realm of New Zealand
In free association Administration
Flag of the Cook Islands Cook Islands Self-governing in free association with New Zealand since 1965. The Cook Islands are fully responsible for their internal affairs; New Zealand, in consultation, retains some responsibility for external affairs and defence. As of 2005, the Cook Islands have diplomatic relations in their own name with eighteen countries.
Flag of Niue Niue Self-governing in free association with New Zealand since 1974. Niue is fully responsible for its internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs and defence. New Zealand's responsibilities confer no rights of control and are only exercised at the request of the Government of Niue.
Territory Administration
Flag of Tokelau Tokelau Self-administering territory of New Zealand. As it moves toward free association with New Zealand, Tokelau and New Zealand have agreed to a draft constitution. A UN-sponsored referendum on self-governance in February 2006 did not produce the two-thirds supermajority necessary for changing the current political status. Another one was in October 2007, which failed to reach the 2/3 margin.
Flag of New Zealand Ross Dependency # New Zealand's Antarctic claim.

The Realm of New Zealand is the territory in which the Queen in right of New Zealand is head of state. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Cook_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Niue. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... The Tokelau self-determination referendum of 2006, supervised by the United Nations[1], was held from February 11 to February 15, 2006. ... A supermajority or a qualified majority is a requirement for a proposal to gain a specified level or type of support which exceeds a simple majority in order to have effect. ... A referendum on self-determination was held in Tokelau on 20 October and on 22–24 October 2007[1][2][3] but fell short of the required total by 16 votes. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Political status Dependency of New Zealand Governor Anand Satyanand Area   – Total  450 000 km² (174 000 mi²) Population Scott Base: 10-80 seasonally McMurdo Station: 200-1000 seasonally Currency New Zealand dollar The Ross Dependency comprises an area of Antarctica (and other land masses in the Southern Ocean) claimed by... For other uses, see Antarctica (disambiguation). ...

Norway

See also: Possessions of Norway
Dependency Administration
Bouvet Island # Dependency administered from Oslo by the Polar Affairs Department of the Ministry of Justice and the Police.
Peter I Island # Dependency (subject to the ATS) administered from Oslo by the Polar Affairs Department of the Ministry of Justice and the Police.
Queen Maud Land # Dependency (subject to the ATS) administered from Oslo by the Polar Affairs Department of the Ministry of Justice and the Police.

Yngling-ruled (Ragnar Lodbroks sons and Fairhair dynasty), Norse-Gael kingdoms in the British Isles: Kingdom of York (centre of Northern England, in the United Kingdom) Kingdom of Dublin (the Republic of Irelands capital) Kingdom of Man and the Isles (the Isle of Man is now a Crown... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police (Justis- og politidepartementet) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of justice, police and domestic intelligence. ... Fabian von Bellingshausen discovered Peter I Island (in Norwegian ) off West Antarctica on January 21, 1821. ... The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System or ATS, regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earths only continent without a native population. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police (Justis- og politidepartementet) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of justice, police and domestic intelligence. ... Queen Maud Land (Norwegian: Dronning Maud Land) is the part of Antarctica lying between the terminus of Stancomb-Wills Glacier, at 20°W, and Shinnan Glacier, at 44° 38E. It has a land area of approximately 2,500,000 km², mostly covered by the Antarctic ice sheet. ... The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System or ATS, regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earths only continent without a native population. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police (Justis- og politidepartementet) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of justice, police and domestic intelligence. ...

United Kingdom

See also: British overseas territories
See also: Crown dependency
See also: Sovereign Base Areas
Overseas territories Administration
Flag of Anguilla Anguilla British overseas territory.
Flag of Bermuda Bermuda British overseas territory or self-governing territory as defined by the UK.
Flag of British Antarctic Territory British Antarctic Territory # The UK's Antarctic claim.
Flag of British Indian Ocean Territory British Indian Ocean Territory # British overseas territory administered by a commissioner resident in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.
Flag of the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands British overseas territory with internal self-government.
Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands British overseas territory.
Flag of the Falkland Islands Falkland Islands British overseas territory, also claimed by Argentina.
Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar British overseas territory, also claimed by Spain.
Flag of Montserrat Montserrat British overseas territory.
Flag of the Pitcairn Islands Pitcairn Islands British overseas territory.
Flag of Saint Helena Saint Helena British overseas territory. Saint Helena also administers Ascension Island and the island group of Tristan da Cunha.
Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands # British overseas territory, also claimed by Argentina. Administered from the Falkland Islands by the Governor of the Falkland Islands as representative of the British monarch.
Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands British overseas territory.
Sovereign Base Areas Administration
Flag of the United Kingdom Akrotiri and Dhekelia British overseas territory administered by the Commander of British Forces, Cyprus. Note SBAs are primarily required as military bases and not ordinary dependent territories
Crown dependency Administration
Flag of Guernsey Guernsey Crown dependency.
Flag of Jersey Jersey Crown dependency.
Flag of the Isle of Man Isle of Man Crown dependency.

Location of the British Overseas Territories The British Overseas Territories are fourteen[1] territories which the United Kingdom considers to be under its sovereignty, but not as part of the United Kingdom itself. ... The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, and the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guersey are situated in the English Channel to the west of the Cotentin Crown dependencies are possessions of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom, as opposed to... The UK Sovereign Base Areas are those British military base areas located in countries formerly ruled by the United Kingdom which were retained by it and not handed over when those countries attained independence. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Anguilla. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bermuda. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Motto: Research and Discovery Anthem: God Save the Queen Status British overseas territory Official language(s) - Commissioner Tony Crombie Administrator Michael Richardson Area 1,395,000 km² Population c. ... For other uses, see Antarctica (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_british_indian_ocean_territory. ... The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, seen from St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_British_Virgin_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Cayman_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Falkland_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Gibraltar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Montserrat. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Pitcairn_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Saint_Helena. ... Anthem: God Save the Queen Capital Georgetown Largest city Georgetown Official languages English Government Dependency of St. ... Motto Our faith is our strength Anthem God Save the Queen Capital (and largest city) Edinburgh of the Seven Seas Official languages English Government Dependency of St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Georgia_and_the_South_Sandwich_Islands. ... Motto Leo Terram Propriam Protegat(Latin) Let the Lion protect his own land or May the Lion protect his own land Anthem God Save the Queen Capital Grytviken (King Edward Point) Official languages English Government British overseas territory  -  Head of State Queen Elizabeth II  -  Commissioner Alan Huckle Area  -  Total 3... This article is about the monarchy of the United Kingdom, one of sixteen that share a common monarch; for information about this constitutional relationship, see Commonwealth realm; for information on the reigning monarch, see Elizabeth II. For information about other Commonwealth realm monarchies, as well as other relevant articles, see... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Turks_and_Caicos_Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Anthem God Save the Queen Akrotiri and Dhekelia (Occupied Areas) Sovereign Base Areas indicated in pink. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Guernsey. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jersey. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_isle_of_man. ...

United States

See also: Insular area
See also: Territories of the United States
Under terms of treaties with Cuba, the United States leases Guantanamo Bay. Thus it's not a dependent territory under the sovereignty of the United States.
Territory Administration
Flag of American Samoa American Samoa Unincorporated and unorganized territory administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. Appears on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Baker Island # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Howland Island # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Jarvis Island # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Johnston Atoll # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Kingman Reef # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Midway Atoll # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered from Washington, D.C. as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Flag of Guam Guam Unincorporated organized territory; policy relations between Guam and the U.S. conducted under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. Appears on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Navassa Island # Unincorporated territory of the U.S. administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior from the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Boqueron, Puerto Rico. Also claimed by Haiti and privately via the Guano Islands Act.
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth in political union with the U.S.; federal funding administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Palmyra Atoll # Incorporated territory of the U.S., partly privately and partly federally owned. Administered from Washington, D.C. by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior; the Office of Insular Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior continues to administer nine excluded areas comprising certain tidal and submerged lands within the lagoon and 12 nm of surrounding sea.
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Unincorporated organized territory of the U.S. with commonwealth status; policy relations between Puerto Rico and the U.S. conducted under the jurisdiction of the Office of the President.
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Unincorporated organized territory; policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the U.S. conducted under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. Appears on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
Wake Island # Unincorporated territory supervised by the U.S. Air Force and administered from Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Also claimed by the Marshall Islands.

An insular area is United States territory that is neither a part of one of the fifty states nor a part of the District of Columbia, the nations federal district. ... Political divisions of the United States as they were from 1868 to 1876, including 9 organized territories and 2 unorganized territories Territories of the United States are one type of political division of the United States, administered by the U.S. government but not any part of a U.S... Gitmo redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_American_Samoa. ... An incorporated territory of the United States is a specific area under the jurisdiction of the United States, over which the United States Congress has determined that the United States Constitution is to be applied to the territorys local government and inhabitants in its entirety (e. ... The Office of Insular Affairs is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that manages several United States possessions. ... Map of the countries in the UN list:  current  former The United Nations maintains a list of territories that do not govern themselves. ... National Wildlife Refuge is a designation for certain protected areas of the United States managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. ... The USFWS logo The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that is dedicated to managing and preserving wildlife. ... Orthographic projection centred over Midway. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Guam. ... Map of the countries in the UN list:  current  former The United Nations maintains a list of territories that do not govern themselves. ... An incorporated territory of the United States is a specific area under the jurisdiction of the United States, over which the United States Congress has determined that the United States Constitution is to be applied to the territorys local government and inhabitants in its entirety (e. ... The USFWS logo The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that is dedicated to managing and preserving wildlife. ... Categories: Stub | Departments of Paraguay ... The Guano Islands Act (48 U.S.C. ch. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Northern_Mariana_Islands. ... In the terminology of the United States insular areas, a Commonwealth is an organized territory or colony that has established with the Federal Government a more highly developed relationship, which may be embodied in a written mutual agreement. ... A nautical mile or sea mile is a unit of length. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... In the terminology of the United States insular areas, a Commonwealth is an organized territory or colony that has established with the Federal Government a more highly developed relationship, which may be embodied in a written mutual agreement. ... The Executive Office of the President (EOP) consists of the immediate staff of the President of the United States, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States_Virgin_Islands. ... The Office of Insular Affairs is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that manages several United States possessions. ... Map of the countries in the UN list:  current  former The United Nations maintains a list of territories that do not govern themselves. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ...

See also

An associated state is used to describe a free relationship between a territory and a larger nation. ... An assymmetric federation is a federation where one or more of the states has considerably more autonomy than the other substates, although they have the same constitutional status. ... In international law, a condominium is a territory in which two sovereign powers have equal rights. ... A federacy is a form of government where one or several substate units enjoy considerably more independence than the majority of the substate units. ... The table below lists autonomous areas by country. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... This is a list of current subnational entities, some of which may be states in the legal sense of the word, by country: See also: ISO 3166-2 country subdivision codes based on ISO 3166-1 country codes. ... This is a list of extant territorial disputes around the world. ... The list of unrecognized countries enumerates those geo-political entities which lack general diplomatic recognition, but wish to be recognized as sovereign states. ... Two parts of the Treaty of Rome deal with special relationships: Article 299 which sets out the territories to which the treaty applies, supplemented by the accession treaties; and Articles 182-188 and Annex II on association with the non-European countries and territories which have special relations with the... Suzerainty (pronounced or ) is a situation in which a region or people is a tributary to a more powerful entity which allows the tributary some limited domestic autonomy to control its foreign affairs. ... Land claims are a legal declaration of desired control over areas of property including bodies of water. ... // Territorial claims on the continent Territorial claims of Antarctica Antarctica territories Several nations, particularly those close to the continent, made territorial claims in the 20th century. ... This article is about a type of political territory. ... This map of the world in 1898 shows the large colonial empires that European nations established in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific Settler colonialism is defined as the perpetuation of colonial-esque relationships of economic domination by European settlers. ... Dependency has a number of meanings: In project management, a dependency is a link amongst a projects terminal elements. ...

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A dependent territory, dependent area or dependency is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a State.
Territory administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Police from Oslo.
Unincorporated territory supervised by the U.S. Air Force and administered from Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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