Election Day in Palau!

Today is election day in Palau, a tiny independent Pacific island nation (population 20 000) currently in a “compact of free association” with the United States. President Tommy Remengesau jr is fighting for re-election on a platform of “preserving the best while improving the rest” against businessman Polycarp Basilius.

That’s a tough choice: James Brown-style political rap against a wicked moniker.

What the hell’s a “compact”?