Talk:Northern Mariana Islands

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Situation of working women / the Jack Abramoff scandal[edit]

See -- the Northern Mariana Islands have been in the news this past few years, revealing what sounds like a terrible situation for women factory workers (sweatshops, sexual exploitation, forced abortions). But apart from one external link (a "Fresh Air" radio show on NPR), that situation isn't mentioned in this article. I would have added a line or two myself, but I have no idea what's going on at present. It's easy to find news media coverage of the Abramoff scandal as a scandal, but I haven't seen any up-to-date coverage of the situation of these women (which says something sad about the priorities of the general news media, I think). -- DSatz 12:49, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

You will not find such things mentioned in the local press unless they have no choice to mention them because an outside group has again addressed the issue. You will usually only hear positives about improvements. It is self-censorship to improve image. The link to Ms. Magazine, the NPR, and do depict the situation pretty well. CyberAnth 17:07, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
This now seems adequately covered in this article and Saipan#Labor controversies. -- Beland (talk) 19:05, 22 August 2021 (UTC)


It would be nice to have a list of villages by population. -- Beland 00:08, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. Also, this article need a map of the municipalities of the islands. I can't seem to find one anywhere, even by a Google search. Kristoffer "Wiki" Winkler (talk) 02:15, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
There is already a map of the islands, and each of the four municipalities listed in "administrative divisions" comprises of one or several islands. HkCaGu (talk) 18:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
I found some USGS maps showing not only villages but individual buildings, so I uploaded them and added them to Tinian and Rota (island). Saipan already had one, which is how I tracked them down. Commons had good maps showing municipal boundaries, so I also added those. -- Beland (talk) 19:42, 20 August 2021 (UTC)

As for population of sub-municipal villages, I think that data is here but it's been a bit difficult to extract. Defunct election districts are used as minor civil divisions, but I'm hoping there's more than that. (1980 census map by district) -- Beland (talk) 02:19, 21 August 2021 (UTC)


Why are NMP and MP abbreviations for the Northern Mariana Islands? What does the "P" stand for? --FordPrefect42 (talk) 10:31, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Never heard of "NMP", but I've heard "MP" stands for "Marianas Pacific". According to United States postal abbreviations it used to be "CM" before 1988. There aren't a lot of second letters available after "M", so "P" might have been the best choice.HkCaGu (talk) 17:16, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, NMP should read MNP, my fault. Thanks for the answer so far, "Marianas Pacific" sounds okay (what about inserting that info in the article?). --FordPrefect42 (talk) 22:54, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

The original postal code "CM" proved confusing because it was an international postal code for Cameroon; apparently a lot of our mail was ending up in Africa. "MP" (some say it stands for "Marianas Pacific," but that may just be a memory device) was therefore adopted in its place, since other, more obvious, choices were also already taken: "NM" (Northern Marianas) by New Mexico and "MI" (Mariana Islands) by Michigan. "CM" is still used in some other contexts, however, such as boat registration numbers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:54, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

I added some background to the article, though citations are still needed. -- Beland (talk) 19:10, 22 August 2021 (UTC)

Do residents of the Northern Marianas need visas to travel to the Schengen Area?[edit]

The Schengen Agreement encompasses much of Europe, e.g. France, Germany, Italy and many other countries. The article [European Union visa lists] asserts that the Northern Mariana Islands is an "annex 1" territory, meaning that its citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen area. Apparently that's because the Northern Marianas appears in the list on page 10 of this document. Is this true in practice? There's some discussion of this at Talk:European Union visa lists. --Mathew5000 (talk) 10:43, 25 December 2007 (UTC)


Unless I'm missing it in my quick glance through, there's no explanation of:

  • what is the number of US citizens vs foreign workers
  • what is the visa status of the foreign workers (temporary guest worker permits, permanent residency) and eligibility for eventual US citizenship
  • how this relates to the female-to-male ratio

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 21:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Government, sub catagory Military[edit]

There is no mention of any military facilties within the island group, who is responsible defense, and if any local militia are presently operational. An article from the 19OCT2001 'Stars and Stripes' indicates that the Commonwealth request Congress pass a law allowing it to establish its own department within the National Guard. As far as my searches go, it appears that the Commonwealth has no standing armed forces, even at the militia level, and all defense is the responsibility of the Federal Government.-- (talk) 03:00, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

What Filipino languages are spoken?[edit]

There are dozens of Filipino languages. Which one is or ones are spoken in the Northern Marianas? One of the official languages of the Philippines is a form of Tagalog and is called "Filipino". --Bruce Hall (talk) 13:17, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

Informal name(s)[edit]

Is the CNMI informally referred to locally as 'the Marianas' or 'the Commonwealth' or somesuch? If so, might be worth putting it in the intro (or adding an etymology section and putting it there).WisDom-UK (talk) 20:15, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

"MP" abbreviation origin[edit]

I can't find a good source for what the abbreviation "MP" means, but here was some internet speculation: "It seems strange that MP was chosen for the Northern Mariana Islands, but it's believed that the MP stands for Mariana Pacific." [1] [2] If this could be confirmed in reliable sources, it should be added on the page since there's no p in "Northern Mariana Islands", and US state & territory abbreviations don't usually use a letter that isn't in the name of the place, and readers will be confused by this peculiarity. Geographyinitiative (talk) 00:35, 7 November 2020 (UTC)