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As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II is represented in St. Kitts and Nevis by a Governor-General, who acts on the advice of the prime minister and the cabinet.
Kitts and Nevis has a bicameral legislature: An 11-member senate appointed by the governor general (mainly on the advice of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition); and an 11-member popularly elected house of representatives which has eight St. Kitts seats and three Nevis seats.
St. Kitts and Nevis maintains diplomatic relations with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as with many Latin American countries and neighbouring Eastern Caribbean states.
St. Kitts and Nevis are located in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, 19 degrees north of the equator, separated by a channel two miles wide.
Nevis, the smaller island, lies to the south and is approximately 7 miles in diameter, covering a total of 36 square miles.
Nevis, the "Queen of the Caribbees," possessed unimaginable wealth from its super-productive sugar industry, while on St. Kitts the impregnable fortress of Brimstone Hill stood as the Gibraltar of the West Indies.
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