Also, the citizens have one foot planted in a reaffirming past that's reinforced via a cohesive system of tribal affiliation; the other foot is planted in a democratic future with an informed, enthusiastic, and active citizenry.
I don't mean to romanticize the lives of the ni-Vanuatu, for there remain issues surrounding health, education, and economic opportunity. Nor do I mean to evoke Rousseau's sentiments of the noble savage. Recently, a prime minister was caught with his lava-lava down, counterfeiting the local equivalent of $23 million. He was jailed briefly, but after the usual "Let the healing begin" pronouncements, he was pardoned by his handpicked successor. So you see, they're learning Western ways. But they're a free people, shaping their own destiny, and clearly happy to be doing so.