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American Samoa


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Territory of American Samoa

        conventional short form:
        American Samoa

    • Abbreviation:
      AS

    • Digraph:
      AQ

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

    • Capital:
      Pago Pago

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (territory of the US)

    • Independence:
      none (territory of the US)

    • National holiday:
      Territorial Flag Day, 17 April (1900)

    • Constitution:
      ratified 1966, in effect 1967

    • Legal system:
      NA

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President William Jefferson CLINTON (since 20 January 1993); Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)

        head of government:
        Governor A. P. LUTALI (since 3 January 1993); Lieutenant Governor Tauese P. SUNIA (since 3 January 1993); election last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1996); results - A. P. LUTALI (Democrat) 53%, Peter Tali COLEMAN (Republican) 36%

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Legislative Assembly (Fono)

        House of Representatives:
        elections last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1994); results - representatives popularly elected from 17 house districts; seats - (21 total, 20 elected, and 1 nonvoting delegate from Swains Island)

        Senate:
        elections last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1996); results - senators elected by village chiefs from 12 senate districts; seats - (18 total) number of seats by party NA

        US House of Representatives:
        elections last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1994); results - Eni R. F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA reelected as delegate

    • Judicial branch:
      High Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      NA

    • Member of:
      ESCAP (associate), INTERPOL (subbureau), IOC, SPC

    • Diplomatic representation in US:
      none (territory of the US)

    • US diplomatic representation:
      none (territory of the US)

    • Flag:
      blue with a white triangle edged in red that is based on the fly side and extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flying toward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority, a staff and a war club






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