Northern Marianas profile
Head of state: President Barack Obama
Head of government: Eloy Inos
Previously lieutenant governor, Eloy Inos automatically moved into the top job after Benigno Fitial became the Northern Marianas' first governor to be impeached and to resign in February 2013.
Before being nominated by Mr Fitial as his lieutenant governor in 2009, Mr Inos served as finance secretary in the Northern Marianas government. He came into politics after a career in business and finance.
Benigno Fitial's impeachment came after he was charged in connection with his role in an alleged conspiracy to prevent a former attorney-general, Edward Buckingham, from being served a penal summons in 2012.
A veteran politician Benigno Fitial, from the Covenant Party, won elections in November 2005, and re-election in November 2009. He took office amid questions about his relationship with a prominent US government lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in January 2006.