Traditionally in Micronesia, each island or area has a chief. The chief cannot do anything without support of the council. Everyone is part of a clan, or extended family. Each family group also has a chief. The chiefs are usually older men. Micronesia is mostly matrilineal, which means that descent is followed through women. So a chief may be followed by his sister's son.
People in Micronesia often have family members on many other islands. The society values social equality. Wealth is spread pretty evenly between people. Even the chiefs are not much richer than everyone else. But this is less true in the eastern islands, where there are social classes.
List of islands and countries in Micronesia change
- Gilbert Islands (in Republic of Kiribati)
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia (It may be called just Micronesia)
- Republic of Nauru
- Republic of Palau
- Mariana Islands
- Territory of Wake Island (United States)
- Petersen, Glenn (2009). Traditional Micronesian societies : adaptation, integration, and political organization. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 978-1-4416-1992-1. OCLC 436752926.