Useful Notes / The United States
aka: America

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Oh, there it is. Notice Alaska? Yeah, it really is that big.

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 — commonly referred to as the United States, the US, America, the USA, or just the States — is a Northern American constitutional federal democratic republic occupying a large part of the continent of North America. It borders Canada from the north and Mexico from the south 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 Russia. In all, the country consists of fifty states,note  the state-neutral capital of Washington, D.C. (for "District of Columbia"), and assorted commonwealths and protectorates. It is the fourth largest country in the world and so huge (it claims more territory than all other countries but #1 Russia, #2 Canada, and #3 China), in fact, that it would take three to four 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 declared independence in 1776 and combined to form their own country under the protection of the kingdoms of France and Spain. The new country then 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, Spain, and (much later) Japan.

From the end of World War II, if not before, the United States became a superpower and is now one of the most powerful countries on the planet — it is currently the only remaining superpower on Earth (With the United Kingdom losing it's superpower status after the Suez Crisis of 1956 and the Soviet Union collapsing in 1991. China is catching up fast with the United States, however, and many of it's competitors in Europe and Asia have also recovered from World War II), 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 elected President of the United States, currently Donald Trump, who began serving the 45th presidency in 2017 and is the 44th person to do so.note 

Somehow, the United States government still has not realized it owns forty-two percent of its own debt and that one third of the remaining debt is owned by foreign countries (heavy owned by Japan) and that one third of that is owned by China.

The Parts of the United States of America

American Culture and People

American Government and Politics

American History

American Media and Communications

See Media Classifications for American (and other) video game and movie rating systems.
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The blue field represents freedom and independence, the white stripes represent peace, and the red stripes represent the blood shed to earn and keep both. The flag's thirteen alternating red and white stripes symbolize the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from Britain on July 4, 1776 — Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia (including most of Alabama and Mississippi), Maryland, Massachusetts Bay (including Maine), New Hampshire (including Vermont, which was part of both the Province of New Hampshire and the Province of New York), New Jersey, New York (including Vermont), North Carolina (including Tennessee), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, South Carolina and 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), there is a 51-star flag on standby.

Alternative Title(s): United States

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