Pacific Ocean, about 14,500 km from Italy: Kiribati, formerly known as Gilbert Islands, has been a republic since 1979 and geographically belongs to Micronesia. 717 square kilometres and 100,000 inhabitants, highly populated and plagued by high unemployment, Kiribati comprises 33 coral atolls rising just above sea level. Its people are mainly fishermen, sailors and farmers, half of whom live in Tarawa, the atoll where its capital is located. Contrary to what the hit and run paradise maps would lead us to believe, tourism is not the main source of income in Kiribati. Let us go over its recent history: it was a British protectorate, a type of colonialism characterized by the overexploitation of resources and forced transfer of people to Nauru, 700 kilometres from Ta...