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United States Government

Country Name United States
Full Country Name United States of America
Abbreviation US or USA
Government Type constitutional federal republic
Capital Name Washington, DC
Capital - geographic coordinate 38 53 N, 77 02 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-5 (during Standard Time)

note: the 50 United States cover six time zones
Daylight Savings Time +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November
Independence 4 July 1776 (declared); 3 September 1783 (recognized by Great Britain)
National Holiday Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
Constitution previous 1781 (Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union); latest drafted July - September 1787, submitted to the Congress of the Confederation 20 September 1787, submitted for states' ratification 28 September 1787, ratification completed by nine states 21 June 1788, effective 4 March 1789; amended many times, last in 1992
Legal System common law system based on English common law at the federal level; state legal systems based on common law except Louisiana, which is based on Napoleonic civil code; judicial review of legislative acts
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

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