Levels of Government
Section 1. The three levels of government in the Federated States of Micronesia are national, state, and local. A state is not required to establish a new local government where none exists on the effective date of this Constitution.
Section 2. A state shall have a democratic constitution.
Case annotations: Pohnpei State Constitution was established under authority granted by art. VII, § 2 of FSM Constitution which mandates that a state shall have a democratic constitution and also Pohnpei State Law No. 2L-131-82, § 9, which mandated the Pohnpei State Constitutional Convention "to draft a constitution for the State of Ponape ... [that] ... shall make adequate provisions for the exercise of legislative, judicial and executive functions, and shall guarantee to all citizens of the State, a democratic form of government ..." People of Kapingamarangi v. Pohnpei Legislature, 3 FSM Intrm. 5, 8-9 (Pon. S. Ct. Tr. 1985).