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It's about one-fourth as big as The Northern Mariana Islands.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.2590 times the size of The Northern Mariana Islands, and the size of The Northern Mariana Islands is 3.860 times that amount.
(formally the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a.k.a. CNMI) (United States) (total land area)
Measuring 3,820 virgates in total land area, the CMNI's fourteen Pacific islands comprise a commonwealth in political union with the United States. The Commonwealth is known as a popular tourist destination for Japanese visitors and, although less so since 2007, as the home of a successful garment manufacturing industry.
It's about one-fifth as big as Guam.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.220 times the size of Guam, and the size of Guam is 4.550 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Guåhån) (United States)
Guam, a territory of the United States in the Pacific Ocean, measures 4,480 virgates in total area. It is known as a popular tourist destination among Japanese travelers.
It's about four-and-a-half times as big as Tuvalu.
In other words, the size of Tuvalu is 0.220 times 988 virgates.
(a.k.a. Ellice Islands)
Tuvalu is a chain of islands totaling 210 virgates in area and located midway between Hawaii and Australia, near Samoa and Fiji. It is the third-least populated nation in the world, with just 11,992 citizens and residents.
It's about one-fifth as big as Chicago.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.20390 times the size of Chicago, and the size of Chicago is 4.9040 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Windy City, a.k.a. Chi-town, a.k.a. Second City, a.k.a. Chicagoland) (Illinois)
The largest city in Illinois and the twenty-third-largest city in the United States as of 2009, Chicago measures 4,845 virgates in total area. The city is known as a major Global Financial Center and as host to O'Hare International, the second busiest airport in the world.
It's about five-and-a-half times as big as Fort Meade.
In other words, 988 virgates is 5.4750 times the size of Fort Meade, and the size of Fort Meade is 0.18260 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Fort George G. Meade) (near Odenton, Maryland)
Fort Meade measures 180.50 virgates. It is known as home of the Fort Meade Museum and the National Cryptologic Museum.
It's about one-fifth as big as Moloka'i.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.17810 times the size of Moloka'i, and the size of Moloka'i is 5.6150 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Moloka'I) (Hawaii)
The fifth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai measures 5,547 virgates in total area. It is known as the historical home of Father Damien de Veuster, who cared for those afflicted with leprosy (a.k.a. Hansen's Disease).
It's about five-and-a-half times as big as Nauru.
In other words, the size of Nauru is 0.180 times 988 virgates.
(a.k.a. Republic of Nauru, a.k.a. Pleasant Island)
The world's smallest island nation, Nauru is a Micronesian island with a total area of 170 virgates. Once a prosperous phosphate mining nation with the highest per-capita income of any nation, today 90% of the population is unemployed.