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DavidV

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http://overseasreview.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/sint-eustatius-bonaire-civil-society.html

http://www.bonairereporter.com/news/015pdfs/newcurrent.pdf

In 2010, the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved meaning that Curaçao and Sint-Maarten became "constituent countries" under the Dutch Crown with their own parliaments and governments. Bonaire, St. Eustastius and Saba became "special municipalities" of the Netherlands, in other words fully integrated where Dutch law and policies fully applies much like an "outlying" version of state of the US or Australia or province of Canada. The three islands use the US Dollar rather than the Euro or the Netherlands Antilles Guilder.

However, not everyone is happy with this arrangement. It would seem logical that the three islands be given the same status as Curaçao, Sint-Maarten and Aruba have. After all, Britain did not integrate territories into the United Kingdom like that, while France has sort of done so with its territories.

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The idea of being a 'Constituent Realm" sharing the same Crown as Barbados and Jamaica do with the UK is my preferred option in the case of the overseas Dutch Territories.
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Curaçao, Sint-Maarten and Aruba are not like Commonwealth realms but more like crown dependencies or overseas territories, where the Netherlands is responsible for foreign policy and defence but the states are otherwise self-governing, with an appointed governor representing the Crown who is generally a native of the territory, Parliament and cabinet et al.

The other three islands - Bonaire, Saba and St Eustastius - are Special Municipalities fully integrated to the Netherlands. That means locals have the same rights as Dutch citizens and Dutch laws fully apply - but it also means that Dutch laws regarding marriage, abortion and euthanasia also applies, which locals do not like. In Bonaire, they voted against the current status in 2015. Each of the islands has a council and a lieutenant-governor (who is usually a local).
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