British Indian Ocean Territory: Government#

Country nameconventional long form: British Indian Ocean Territory
conventional short form: none
abbreviation: BIOT
Dependency statusoverseas territory of the UK; administered by a commissioner, resident in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London
Executive branchchief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Commissioner Colin ROBERTS (since July 2008); Administrator John MCMANUS (since April 2011); note - both reside in the UK and are represented by the officer commanding British Forces on Diego Garcia
cabinet: NA
elections: none; the monarchy is hereditary; commissioner and administrator appointed by the monarch
Flag descriptionwhite with six blue wavy horizontal stripes; the flag of the UK is in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the striped section bears a palm tree and yellow crown (the symbols of the territory) centered on the outer half of the flag; the wavy stripes represent the Indian Ocean; although not officially described, the six blue stripes may stand for the six main atolls of the archipelago
Legal systemthe laws of the UK, where applicable, apply
Diplomatic representation in the USnone (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation from the USnone (overseas territory of the UK)