Northern Mariana Islands
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group of islands in the W Pacific Ocean, including all of the Mariana Islands except Guam: a commonwealth in association with the U.S. since 1986, it was formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (as part of the Mariana Islands): land area c. 179 sq mi (464 sq km); pop. 69,000; cap. Saipan: abbrev. MP
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A commonwealth in political union with the United States comprising most of the Mariana Islands (except Guam) in the western Pacific Ocean. The islands were part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947 to 1978, when they became internally self-governing. The largest island, which serves as the capital, is Saipan. Population: 84,500.