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    Virgin Islands Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Virgin Islands of the United States

      Type: organized, unincorporated territory of the US administered by the Office of Territorial and International Affairs, US Department of the Interior

      Capital: Charlotte Amalie

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US)

      Independence: none (territory of the US)

      Constitution: Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954 serves as the constitution

      Legal system: US District Court handles civil matters over $50,000, felonies (persons 15 years of age and over), and federal cases; Territorial Court handles civil matters up to $50,000 small claims, juvenile, domestic, misdemeanors, and traffic cases

      National holiday: Transfer Day (from Denmark to US), 31 March (1917)

      Branches: executive (governor elected to a four-year term); unicameral legislature (Senate with 15 members elected to two-year terms in even-numbered years); judiciary (two US district courts)

      Leaders: Governor Alexander FARRELLY, Lieutenant Governor Derek HODGE

      Suffrage: universal, but not compulsory, over 18 years for all citizens

      Elections: next election 1990

      Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party, Marilyn Stapleton; Independent Citizens' Movement, Virdin Brown; Republican Party, Charlotte-Poole Davis

      Diplomatic representation: none (territory of the US)

      Flag: white with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials @m5V and @m5I; the coat of arms shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel

      NOTE: The information regarding Virgin Islands on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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