American territories: what they are and what they are
Many people are aware that the United States of America is made up of 50 federal states. However, the United States has areas that do not have the identity of a federal state. These are known as American Territories, or simply American Territories.
These territories are mostly made up of islands, groups of islands, or atolls. The United States has 14, however only five are permanently populated. From a tourism standpoint, the permanently populated zones are the most intriguing. They are as follows:
- American Samoa
- Puerto Rico
- Northern Mariana Islands
- US Virgin Islands
Main differences between the American territories and the federal states
American federal states (such as California, Texas, and others) differ significantly from American territories.
These territories are simply administrative divisions of the United States. As a result, the US government manages its operations. As a result, they lack the title of “federal state.”
American territories do not have sovereign power. Thus, the American territories are not independent states. On the contrary, they are considered US real property.
In most cases, the US government owns these territories because it purchased them from other states. Nonetheless, these territories may occasionally have their own constitution and anthem.
There are differences even in the right to vote. The people who live in these territories are mostly American citizens. However, they do not have the right to vote in presidential elections. The people of these islands have no representation in the United States Congress.
The differences between the incorporated and unincorporated American territories
The American territories discussed in this article are deemed “unincorporated” by the US. As a result, from the standpoint of constitutional law, the United States constitution only partially applies to the residents of these areas.
Of course, residents of unincorporated territories have the same basic rights as US citizens. Depending on specific US Government provisions, some rights may or may not apply.
Finally, the government of the United States has the authority to cede, sell, or lease unincorporated territories.
Organized and unorganized territories
All of these regions are classified as “organised.” This signifies that the laws and form were formed by an organic act of the United States Congress. The US government’s organisation frequently has an impact on economically disadvantaged areas.
The territory of American Samoa is the sole exception. Because there is no congressional legislation defining its laws or form of government, this region is officially unorganised. As a result, American Samoa is self-governing.