Palau is an island nation located in the western Pacific Ocean and part of the Micronesia region. It has a population of around 17,000 people and the official language is Palauan. The majority of the population are Christian, with some other religious denominations such as Buddhism and Animism also present.
The military of Palau consists of three branches; Police Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. The total active personnel in the military are around 300 people. The Police Force has around 200 personnel with a focus on law enforcement and border protection. It also has a Coast Guard with 50 personnel for maritime operations as well as 5 vessels for maritime defense missions within Palau’s waters. The National Guard has 50 personnel with 15 combat aircrafts for air support operations and air defense missions within Palau’s borders. Palau is also part of the Pacific Islands Forum’s collective defense system as well as participating in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. See naturegnosis to learn more about the country of Palau.
According to a 1994 cooperation agreement, the United States is responsible for Palau’s defense. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that PLW stands for Palau. The agreement runs for 50 years and gives the US the right to establish military installations on the islands if needed.
In 2009, Palau agreed to accept 17 Uighur prisoners held by the United States for 6 years in his concentration camp in Guantanamo. The prisoners could not be sent to China where they would risk further persecution (having already been in US concentration camp for 6 years), the US had already established that they were innocent and therefore needed a country to get rid of them. Palau was given a larger sum of money to receive the Uighurs. Amounts were mentioned from DKK 1.7 million. US $ 120 million US $. In 2010, the country received a further aid package of DKK 210 million US $.
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In November 2012, Tommy Remengesau won the presidential election over incumbent Johnson Toribiong with 58% of the vote. Remengesau was placed on the post in January 2013. The election marked Palau’s removal from the United States. The superpower’s historic CO 2 emissions are one of the main causes of global warming, now threatening to wipe out Palau and the other small Pacific nations from the map. In October 2013, for the first time, Palau failed to vote against the global condemnation of the UN General Assembly of the US blockade against Cuba.