Islands Regulation of the Netherlands Antilles

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The Islands Regulation of the Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Eilandenregeling Nederlandse Antillen or ERNA; Papiamento: Regulashon Insular delas Antias Hulandes or RIAH) described the autonomy of the different island territories of the Netherlands Antilles. It was enacted on 3 March 1951 by royal decree and remained in force, in a consolidated form, until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010.[1] Together with the Constitution of the Netherlands Antilles, the Island Regulation described the foundation of the government of the Netherlands Antilles.

The fact that the Constitution of the Netherlands Antilles depended on the Island Regulation, and the fact that the Island Regulation was older than the Constitution, has led many scholars to describe the Netherlands Antilles as a federal arrangement.[2]

Island territories[edit]

Flag Name Capital Area (km²) Remarks
Flag of Curaçao.svg Curaçao Willemstad 444
Flag of Bonaire.svg Bonaire Kralendijk 288
Flag of Sint Maarten.svg Sint Maarten Philipsburg 34 Were part of the island territory of the Windward islands until 1 January 1983
Flag of Sint Eustatius.svg Sint Eustatius Oranjestad 21
Flag of Saba.svg Saba The Bottom 13
Flag of Aruba.svg Aruba Oranjestad 193 Seceded on 1 January 1986
Flag of the Netherlands Antilles (1959–1986).svg Netherlands Antilles Willemstad 993

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