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->''We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.''
-->-- '''Preamble to the United States Constitution'''

The United States of America -- [[IHaveManyNames commonly referred to as the United States, the US, America, the USA, or just the States]] -- is a constitutional federal democratic republic occupying a large part of the continent of North America. It borders Canada from the south and Mexico from the north in its main territorial area. It also contains, off the mainland, the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean and a large state northwest of Canada called Alaska that shares a sea border with the Russian Federation. In all, the country consists of fifty states, the state-neutral capital of UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC (for "District of Columbia"), and assorted smaller commonwealths and protectorates. It is ''so'' huge (third largest country in the world overall, behind Russia and Canada respectively), in fact, that it would take days on end to drive from one opposite end to the other and a flight from London to Moscow is almost 900 miles shorter than one from Los Angeles to New York. One state of the fifty, Texas, the largest state in the mainland and second largest overall, is almost three times as large as the ''entire United Kingdom'', or (for another European comparison) only slightly smaller than France (the largest country in Western Europe). Alaska, the largest overall, is about the same size as The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan ''combined''. So if you're planning to come here, don't expect to hit all the widespread landmarks in one trip unless you have a lot of time to spend and don't mind paying for many flights or sitting through long car drives (there aren't all that many passenger trains anymore, aside from more local, smaller train lines that work within a city or across a fairly small set of towns).

Colonized by Europeans from the 16th century onwards, thirteen of the British-ruled colonies on the eastern coast [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution declared independence in 1776]] [[StartMyOwn and combined to form their own country]] under the protection of the kingdoms of France and Spain. The new country then [[ManifestDestiny cleansed the natives from their lands as it expanded westwards]] (albeit only killing them when they resisted and indirectly by forcing them into places where they couldn't get enough food or shelter), also buying land from France, Britain (not Canada), Russia, and Denmark, annexing the Kingdom of Hawaii, and conquering territory during wars with Mexico, [[SpanishAmericanWar Spain]], and (much later) [[WorldWarTwo Japan]].

Over the course of the late 19th century to the present, the United States became a superpower and is now technically one of the most powerful countries on the planet -- it is technologically advanced and possesses a large industrial base, a large military, and great financial wealth. It is one of the largest exporters of modern media, its products being seen the world over.

The country's government consists of three branches, with the head of one of these (the executive branch) being commonly viewed as a main political leader: the [[ThePresidents elected President]] of the United States, currently BarackObama.

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''The Parts of the United States of America''
* Cities:
** UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, GA
** UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, MD
** UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, MA
*** {{Southies}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, IL
** UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, OH
** [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas/Fort Worth]], TX
** UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, CO
** UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, MI
** UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, TX
** UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, IN
** UsefulNotes/KansasCity, KS/MO
** UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, CA
** UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, FL
** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, WI
** [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis/St. Paul]], MN
** UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, LA
** UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, NY
*** TheBigRottenApple (New York as a WretchedHive)
*** BrooklynRage (New Yorkers as violent {{badass}}es)
*** NewYorkCityCops (the NYPD)
*** UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway
** UsefulNotes/{{Oakland}}, CA
** UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas
** UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, PA
** UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, PA
** UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, OR
** UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, CA
** UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, WA
** [[UsefulNotes/StLouis St. Louis]], MO
** [[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Toledo, OH]]
** [[UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC Washington, DC]]
* [[TheSeveralStates States and territories:]]
** UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}
** UsefulNotes/{{California}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Florida}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Guam}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}
** UsefulNotes/NewJersey
** UsefulNotes/NewYorkState
*** UsefulNotes/NiagaraFalls
** UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}
** UsefulNotes/PuertoRico
** [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]]
** UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}
* Regions and concepts:
** UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} (the Appalachian mountains and surroundings)
** [[HollywoodNewEngland New England]] (the six Northeastern-most states)
*** LovecraftCountry (the creepy version of New England)
** DeepSouth (the stereotyped Southern US)
*** SweetHomeAlabama (the [[LighterAndSofter idealized]] Southern US)
*** SouthernGothic (the creepy Southern US)
** DownOnTheFarm (the rural Midwest)
*** MinnesotaNice (Midwesterners, especially Minnesotans, portrayed as exceptionally polite)
** EverytownAmerica (the small American town)
** FlyoverCountry ("bland" Middle America)
** TheOtherRainforest (the Pacific Northwest)
** UsefulNotes/AmericanClimate

''American Culture and People''
* UsefulNotes/AmericanEnglish
** AmericanAccents
** StockAmericanPhrases
* UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches
* AmericanCustomaryMeasurements
* AmericanDream
* UsefulNotes/AmericanEducationalSystem
** UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}
** HighSchool
** IvyLeague
* UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball
** UsefulNotes/SuperBowl
** SuperBowlSpecial
* UsefulNotes/AmericanHolidays
** UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica
** UsefulNotes/LaborDayInTheUnitedStates
** UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay
* UsefulNotes/AmericanMoney
* AmericanTitle
* CountryMusic
* UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica
* DoubleFeature
* DriveInTheater
* HipHop
* UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan
* UsefulNotes/TheMafia
* MeltingPot
* UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans
* OnlyInAmerica
** OnlyInFlorida
*** OnlyInMiami
* {{Suburbia}}
* UsefulNotes/WildlandFirefighting

''American Government and Politics''
* UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts
** UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw
* AmericanCurrency
* AmericanDrivingLaws
* UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics
* UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement
** UsefulNotes/AmericanPrisons
** UsefulNotes/DigitalMillenniumCopyrightAct (DMCA)
** FelonyMurder
** MirandaRights
** ThreeDegreesOfMurder
* UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem
** UsefulNotes/AmericanFederalism
** TwentyFifthAmendment
* UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}}
* UsefulNotes/SubwaysOfTheUnitedStates
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}
* {{Politicians}}
** ThePresidents
*** WhoShotJFK
* UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks (AmericanArmedForces)
** UsefulNotes/AirForceOne
** UsefulNotes/CoastGuard
** UsefulNotes/NavySeals
** UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower (American Nuclear Weapons)
** UsefulNotes/ThePentagon
** SemperFi (United States Marine Corps)

''American History''
* TheColonialPeriod
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution
** Creator/BenjaminFranklin
* AntebellumAmerica
** WarOf1812
** ManifestDestiny
** UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar
* TheGildedAge
** TheWildWest
*** TheWestern
** UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI
* TheGreatDepression
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
** AmericaWinsTheWar
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
** UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement
** UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace
** UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar
** UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar
** OperationUrgentFury
** UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar
* TheWarOnTerror

''American Media and Communications''
* AmericanNewspapers
* UsefulNotes/AmericanTelevisionStations
* UsefulNotes/ANSIStandardBroadcastTVSchedule
* BroadcastingInTheUnitedStates
* Creator/{{NPR}}
* Creator/{{PBS}}
* SevenDirtyWords
* [[StationIdent Station Identification]]

[[/index]]

See UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications for American (and other) video game and movie rating systems.
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->The flag's thirteen alternating red and white stripes symbolize the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from Britain on July 4, 1776 -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Colony Connecticut]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_Colony Delaware]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Georgia Georgia]] (including northern Alabama and Mississippi), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Maryland Maryland]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Massachusetts_Bay Massachusetts Bay]] (including Maine), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_New_Hampshire New Hampshire]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_New_Jersey New Jersey]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_New_York New York]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_North_Carolina North Carolina]] (including Tennessee), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Pennsylvania Pennsylvania]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_of_Rhode_Island_and_Providence_Plantations Rhode Island and Providence Plantations]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_South_Carolina South Carolina]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_of_Virginia Virginia]] (including Kentucky and West Virginia) -- and the fifty white stars on the blue canton reflect the Union's current composition of fifty states. In the case of a fifty-first state joining the Union (most likely Puerto Rico), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_flag_51_stars.svg there is a 51-star flag on standby]].