THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Template:InfoboxThe United States of America is a federal union of 50 semi-atonomus regions known as 'states' located in North America. The Union holds many territories out side of the North American mainland including Puerto Rico.
The Union was formally created by the signing of the Articles of Confederation in 1777 after an uprising against the British Crown by the people of 13 colonies loctated in North America. Most often stated as being in response to the taxation imposed on the colonist that the British hoped to use to pay off war debts from the French and Indian War. The colonist had no voice of their own in Parliament, and refusing thier demands for one, the British government instigated an uprising that grew into a revolution based on Republicanism. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress, convening in Philadelphia, established a Continental Army under the command of George Washington. Proclaiming that "all men are created equal" and endowed with "certain unalienable Rights", the Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson, on July 4, 1776. The crown latter recognized the thirteen colonies as soviergn states in the treaty that ended the conflict. In 1777, the Articles of Confederation established a weak central government that operated until 1789. The member states would latter replace the Articles with the Federal Constitution in 1787 after the Federalist (those seeking a strong central government) and Anti-Federalist (those wanting to maintian confederation or a weak central government) agreed to the ratification of the Bill of Rights, of which the Anti-Federalist proposed. In doing so the states loss much of their power though not all of their power; "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people." - Tenth Amendment, Bill of Rights of the US Constitution, 1787. As time passed the powers granted to the federal government would grow until it became the main focus of politics in American life. The territory of the United States would, after a period of Civil War, grow to extend without breaks from the East Coast to the West Coast of North America. The nation would experience a period of imperialism that saw the acquirerment of Hawaii, and Porto Rico via political manuevers and naval might. The United States of America would aid the Allies in both the first, and second World Wars.
The flag of the United States consists of 50 stars and 13 red and white stripes.
- The most recent state to join the US is Hawaii, joining on August 21st 1959.
- The United States is the third most populated country in the world at 315 million people.
- The most populated state is California at 38 million people.
- The least populated state is Wyoming at 584,138 people.
- It is argued wherever China or the United States is larger. Including only the 50 states, China is the largest. Including both the 50 states and the territories, the United States is the largest.
List of states (in order)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- The 50 stars stand for the 50 states America has and the 13 stripes stand for the 13 colonies.