The United States of America, or America, is a large nation situated in eastern North America, consisting of 30 constituent states, running east along the Mississippi and expanding north toward the Hudson Bay and Labrador Sea. It has a GDP of $9.879 trillion US dollars, and grows at a rate of 6.8% a year, one of the highest in the world. It enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world and has previously topped the quality of life survey.
The United States was founded in 1781 when it declared its independence from Great Britain and fought for its freedom. Later, it expanded north into British Canada, nearly doubling its territory. It has some of the largest and richest cities in the world, and is generally at the forefront of scientific and cultural advancement along with their western neighbors, Canada and Louisiana. It has generally been a peaceful nation, in that it has only initiated two conflicts in its history -- the Midwestern War and the British-American War.