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A country in North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico

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Government type: Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition

Capital: Washington D.C.

National holiday: Independence Day, 4 July (1776)

Constitution: 17 September 1787, effective 4 March 1789

Legal system: federal court system based on English common law; each state has its own unique legal system, of which all but one (Louisiana's) is based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

Flag description: 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars.

National Emblem: Eagle

Symbol: Eagle

Major Cities: Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angles

Ethnic groups: (2003 est.)

  • White 81.7%
  • Black 12.9%
  • Asian 4.2%
  • Amerindian
  • Alaska native 1%
  • Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2%

Population: 295,734,134 (July 2005 est.)

Religions: (2002 est.)

  • Protestant 52%
  • Roman Catholic 24%
  • Mormon 2%
  • Jewish 1%
  • Muslim 1%
  • other 10%,
  • none 10%

Lowest point: Death Valley -86 m

Highest point: Mount McKinley 6,194 m

Resources:

  • Coal
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Molybdenum
  • Phosphates
  • Uranium
  • Bauxite
  • Gold
  • Iron
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Potash
  • Silver
  • Tungsten
  • Zinc
  • Petroleum
  • Natural gas
  • Timber
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