This Chapter establishes procedures to be followed by the Pohnpei Government in the exercise of its inherent power to acquire real property by eminent domain. “Eminent domain” is the right of the Pohnpei Government or a state legal entity as may be provided for by state law in accordance with this Chapter to condemn property for public use or purposes and to appropriate the ownership and possession of such property for such public use upon paying the owner a just compensation to be ascertained according to the law. In the event there is a dispute over the ownership of the property that is the subject of an eminent domain proceeding, the court shall adjudicate and determine the ownership of the property as part of the proceedings.
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Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.
Vanuatu is a parliamentary republic.