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The royal family and the nobles dominate and largely own the monetary sector of the economy – particularly the telecommunications and satellite services. Tonga was named the sixth most corrupt country in the world by Forbes magazine in 2008.
three swords symbolize the three royal houses of Tu’i Tonga, Tu’i Ha’stakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu to which the actual royal house traces its descent.
Arms: ¼: Or, three six-pointed stars Argent; 2. Gules, the crown of Tonga proper; 3. Azure, a dove with a sprig of olive in his beak, proper; 4. Or, three swords per pale and per cross saltire proper. In nombril point a six-pointed star Argent, a cross Gules. Supporters: Two national flags in saltire being Gules, a canton Argent, a cross Gules. Crown: The Royal Crown of Tonga within a wreath of laurel proper. Motto: KOE’O TUA MO TONGA KOHOKU TOFI’A. (God and Tonga are my Heritage).
the swords in the last quarter symbolise the three Royal dynasties