How many US territories do you think there are? 1? 2? 5? What if I told you there were actually 16?! I will also be talking about a federal district, that would be Washington DC. Could you name the other 14? Probably not, unless your invested into this as much as I am. With Territories there are 4 Groups, Common Wealth (Puerto Rico and US Northern Mariana Islands), Incorporated Unorganized (IU) Territories (Palmyra Atoll), Unincorporated Organized (UO) Territories (Guam and The US Virgin Islands), and Unincorporated Unorganized (UU) Territories (American Samoa and The US Minor Outlying Islands, a group of 7 Islands). So why exactly is this important, none of these places have any people right? WRONG! Puerto Rico (If to become a State) would be the 23rd highest populated state with 3.337 Million peeps! Washington DC has a Population of 693,000 people, which is more than 3 current states. Guam has a population of around 150,000 and the US Virgin Islands with 100,000. US Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa have a population of 50-100,000 at a given time. Palmyra Atoll with about 100 people and The US Minor Outlying Islands with a population of 10 at any given time. So Why is this important? If you were born on a common wealth, you and our immediate family would become US citizens, you use US Money, US Passports, and write US History Musicals. Yes Lin Manuel-Miranda is from Puerto Rico. Same Goes for IU's and UO's. But not UU's. If you were born in a UU you are an American Nationalist. You have to follow the constitution but if you want to come to the US you have go through the Immigration Process as if you were a Foreigner! That means is you are a Pig born on Palmyra Atoll (1,200 Pigs) you are more of an American Citizen than one of the 50-100,000 people born in American Samoa! Okay so what are the benefits to being a Territory? Currently you don't have to pay federal taxes but you don't get the benefits. No Public Schools, No Public Roads, No VA you get it. Another Thing, you aren't allowed to vote!
The Three biggest arguments to why these places are not states Is 1. If they weren't states before why make them ones now? When Guam and Puerto Rico were acquired after the Spanish/American War, the big pusher for this was Henry Billings Brown, a racist who even said "this should be temporary". 2. They don't have enough people. The Current Lowest populated State is Wyoming with about 300,000 people. Most Territories Don't have even half of this, but what these people aren't telling you is that when Wyoming became an official State it had less then 50,000 people. Before Hawaii and Alaska became states they had about 100,000 people who currently lived there. But after they became states their population spiked! So yeah, One Electoral Vote is fine for all but Puerto Rico who should at least have 5. We can't fit them on the flag. Hell yeah we can!
The US Minor Outlying Outlying Islands Could have 1 representative because the issues could affect them and Palmyra Atoll should have a Piggy Senator (JK). If you won't to know how to help contact your local Senator!
The US Minor Outlying Islands are:
Bajo Nuevo Bank (Petrel Island)
and Wake Island
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How does a Bastard Orphan son of a- I'll stop here. I'm obsessed with Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda is an actual god! I love Hamilton so much that it lead me to enjoy learning US History, Memorizing the 10 amendments and even read the federlist papers. I'm kinda political but yeppers! This also will act as my political area and my travel!