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United States of America
United States of America
US flag 28 stars.svg
Languages  
  Official English
  Other none
State Religion: Vulpine paganism, Protestantism
Other Religion(s): none
Capital: Washington
President Al Gore
Chief of state: Al Gore
Area: 7,483,437 km²
Population 112,000,000 inhabitants
Currency: Dollar
The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising twenty-eight states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its twenty-seven contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the southwest. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The U.S. economy is one of the world's largest economies.

Indigenous peoples of Asian origin have inhabited what is now the mainland United States for many thousands of years. This Native American population was greatly reduced by disease and warfare after European contact. The United States was founded by thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their right to self-determination and their establishment of a cooperative union. The rebellious states defeated the British Empire in the American Revolution, the first successful colonial war of independence. The current United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic with a strong central government. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments guaranteeing many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.

In the 19th century, the United States acquired land from France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii. Disputes between the agrarian South and industrial North over states' rights and the expansion of the institution of slavery provoked the American Civil War of the 1860s. The North's victory prevented a permanent split of the country and led to the end of legal slavery in the United States. By the 1870s, the national economy was the world's largest. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a military power,though various territories (specially the ones acquired from Mexico during the First Mexican-American War) were lost in the Second-Mexican-American War.

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