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 for United States
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  United States
      n 1: North American republic containing 50 states - 48
           conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in
           northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the
           Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776 [syn: United
           States, United States of America, America, the
           States, US, U.S., USA, U.S.A.]
      2: the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the
         federal government of the United States [syn: United States
         government, United States, U.S. government, US
         Government, U.S.]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "United States":
     America, Columbia, Dixie, Dixieland, Down East, East, East Coast,
     Land of Liberty, Middle Atlantic, Middle West, New England, North,
     North Central region, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific Northwest,
     South, Southeast, Southwest, Sunbelt, US, USA, Uncle Sugar, West,
     West Coast, Yankeeland, eastland, northland, stateside, the Coast,
     the States, the melting pot, westland, wild West
  
  

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  United States
  
     Introduction United States
     --------------------------
                              Background: Britain's American colonies broke
                                          with the mother country in 1776 and
                                          were recognized as the new nation of
                                          the United States of America
                                          following the Treaty of Paris in
                                          1783. During the 19th and 20th
                                          centuries, 37 new states were added
                                          to the original 13 as the nation
                                          expanded across the North American
                                          continent and acquired a number of
                                          overseas possessions. The two most
                                          traumatic experiences in the
                                          nation's history were the Civil War
                                          (1861-65) and the Great Depression
                                          of the 1930s. Buoyed by victories in
                                          World Wars I and II and the end of
                                          the Cold War in 1991, the US remains
                                          the world's most powerful nation-
                                          state. The economy is marked by
                                          steady growth, low unemployment and
                                          inflation, and rapid advances in
                                          technology.
    
     Geography United States
     -----------------------
                                Location: North America, bordering both the
                                          North Atlantic Ocean and the North
                                          Pacific Ocean, between Canada and
                                          Mexico
                  Geographic coordinates: 38 00 N, 97 00 W
                          Map references: North America
                                    Area: total: 9,629,091 sq km
                                          land: 9,158,960 sq km
                                          water: 470,131 sq km
                                          note: includes only the 50 states
                                          and District of Columbia
                      Area - comparative: about half the size of Russia; about
                                          three-tenths the size of Africa;
                                          about half the size of South America
                                          (or slightly larger than Brazil);
                                          slightly larger than China; about
                                          two and a half times the size of
                                          Western Europe
                         Land boundaries: total: 12,034 km
                                          border countries: Canada 8,893 km
                                          (including 2,477 km with Alaska),
                                          Mexico 3,141 km
                                          note: US Naval Base at Guantanamo
                                          Bay, Cuba is leased by the US and
                                          thus remains part of Cuba; the base
                                          boundary is 29 km
                               Coastline: 19,924 km
                         Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
                                          continental shelf: not specified
                                          exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: mostly temperate, but tropical in
                                          Hawaii and Florida, arctic in
                                          Alaska, semiarid in the great plains
                                          west of the Mississippi River, and
                                          arid in the Great Basin of the
                                          southwest; low winter temperatures
                                          in the northwest are ameliorated
                                          occasionally in January and February
                                          by warm chinook winds from the
                                          eastern slopes of the Rocky
                                          Mountains
                                 Terrain: vast central plain, mountains in
                                          west, hills and low mountains in
                                          east; rugged mountains and broad
                                          river valleys in Alaska; rugged,
                                          volcanic topography in Hawaii
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Death Valley -86 m
                                          highest point: Mount McKinley 6,194
                                          m
                       Natural resources: coal, copper, lead, molybdenum,
                                          phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold,
                                          iron, mercury, nickel, potash,
                                          silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum,
                                          natural gas, timber
                                Land use: arable land: 19.32%
                                          other: 80.46% (1998 est.)
                                          permanent crops: 0.22% NEGL%
                          Irrigated land: 214,000 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquake
                                          activity around Pacific Basin;
                                          hurricanes along the Atlantic and
                                          Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in
                                          the midwest and southeast; mud
                                          slides in California; forest fires
                                          in the west; flooding; permafrost in
                                          northern Alaska, a major impediment
                                          to development
            Environment - current issues: air pollution resulting in acid rain
                                          in both the US and Canada; the US is
                                          the largest single emitter of carbon
                                          dioxide from the burning of fossil
                                          fuels; water pollution from runoff
                                          of pesticides and fertilizers; very
                                          limited natural fresh water
                                          resources in much of the western
                                          part of the country require careful
                                          management; desertification
              Environment - international party to: Air Pollution, Air
                              agreements: Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides,
                                          Antarctic-Environmental Protocol,
                                          Antarctic-Marine Living Resources,
                                          Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty,
                                          Climate Change, Desertification,
                                          Endangered Species, Environmental
                                          Modification, Marine Dumping, Marine
                                          Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban,
                                          Ozone Layer Protection, Ship
                                          Pollution, Tropical Timber 83,
                                          Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands,
                                          Whaling
                                          signed, but not ratified: Air
                                          Pollution-Persistent Organic
                                          Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile
                                          Organic Compounds, Biodiversity,
                                          Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol,
                                          Hazardous Wastes
                        Geography - note: world's third-largest country by
                                          size (after Russia and Canada) and
                                          by population (after China and
                                          India); Mt. McKinley is highest
                                          point in North America and Death
                                          Valley the lowest point on the
                                          continent
    
     People United States
     --------------------
                              Population: 280,562,489 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 21% (male 30,116,782;
                                          female 28,765,183)
                                          15-64 years: 66.4% (male 92,391,120;
                                          female 93,986,468)
                                          65 years and over: 12.6% (male
                                          14,748,522; female 20,554,414) (2002
                                          est.)
                  Population growth rate: 0.89% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 14.1 births/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                              Death rate: 8.7 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                      Net migration rate: 3.5 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/
                                          female
                                          total population: 0.96 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 6.69 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                                          est.)
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.4 years
                                          male: 74.5 years
                                          female: 80.2 years (2002 est.)
                    Total fertility rate: 2.07 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.61% (1999 est.)
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ 850,000 (1999 est.)
                                    AIDS:
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: 20,000 (1999 est.)
                             Nationality: noun: American(s)
                                          adjective: American
                           Ethnic groups: white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian
                                          4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native
                                          1.5%, native Hawaiian and other
                                          Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4%
                                          (2000)
                                          note: a separate listing for
                                          Hispanic is not included because the
                                          US Census Bureau considers Hispanic
                                          to mean a person of Latin American
                                          descent (especially of Cuban,
                                          Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin)
                                          living in the US who may be of any
                                          race or ethnic group (white, black,
                                          Asian, etc.)
                               Religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%,
                                          Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
                               Languages: English, Spanish (spoken by a
                                          sizable minority)
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          male: 97%
                                          female: 97% (1979 est.)
                                          total population: 97%
                           People - note: note: data for the US are based on
                                          projections that do not take into
                                          consideration the results of the
                                          2000 census
    
     Government United States
     ------------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: United
                                          States of America
                                          conventional short form: United
                                          States
                                          abbreviation: US or USA
                         Government type: federal republic; strong democratic
                                          tradition
                                 Capital: Washington, DC
                Administrative divisions: 50 states and 1 district*; Alabama,
                                          Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
                                          California, Colorado, Connecticut,
                                          Delaware, District of Columbia*,
                                          Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,
                                          Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
                                          Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
                                          Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
                                          Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
                                          Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New
                                          Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,
                                          New York, North Carolina, North
                                          Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
                                          Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
                                          Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,
                                          Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
                                          Washington, West Virginia,
                                          Wisconsin, Wyoming
                         Dependent areas: American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam,
                                          Howland Island, Jarvis Island,
                                          Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway
                                          Islands, Navassa Island, Northern
                                          Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll,
                                          Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Wake
                                          Island
                                          note: from 18 July 1947 until 1
                                          October 1994, the US administered
                                          the Trust Territory of the Pacific
                                          Islands, but recently entered into a
                                          new political relationship with all
                                          four political units: the Northern
                                          Mariana Islands is a commonwealth in
                                          political union with the US
                                          (effective 3 November 1986); Palau
                                          concluded a Compact of Free
                                          Association with the US (effective 1
                                          October 1994); the Federated States
                                          of Micronesia signed a Compact of
                                          Free Association with the US
                                          (effective 3 November 1986); the
                                          Republic of the Marshall Islands
                                          signed a Compact of Free Association
                                          with the US (effective 21 October
                                          1986)
                            Independence: 4 July 1776 (from Great Britain)
                        National holiday: Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
                            Constitution: 17 September 1787, effective 4 March
                                          1789
                            Legal system: based on English common law;
                                          judicial review of legislative acts;
                                          accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction,
                                          with reservations
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President George W.
                                          BUSH (since 20 January 2001) and
                                          Vice President Richard B. CHENEY
                                          (since 20 January 2001); note - the
                                          president is both the chief of state
                                          and head of government
                                          head of government: President George
                                          W. BUSH (since 20 January 2001) and
                                          Vice President Richard B. CHENEY
                                          (since 20 January 2001); note - the
                                          president is both the chief of state
                                          and head of government
                                          cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the
                                          president with Senate approval
                                          elections: president and vice
                                          president elected on the same ticket
                                          by a college of representatives who
                                          are elected directly from each
                                          state; president and vice president
                                          serve four-year terms; election last
                                          held 7 November 2000 (next to be
                                          held 2 November 2004)
                                          election results: George W. BUSH
                                          elected president; percent of
                                          popular vote - George W. BUSH
                                          (Republican Party) 48%, Albert A.
                                          GORE, Jr. (Democratic Party) 48%,
                                          Ralph NADER (Green Party) 3%, other
                                          1%
                      Legislative branch: bicameral Congress consists of the
                                          Senate (100 seats, one-third are
                                          renewed every two years; two members
                                          are elected from each state by
                                          popular vote to serve six-year
                                          terms) and the House of
                                          Representatives (435 seats; members
                                          are directly elected by popular vote
                                          to serve two-year terms)
                                          election results: Senate - percent
                                          of vote by party - NA%; seats by
                                          party - Democratic Party 50,
                                          Republican Party 49, independent 1;
                                          House of Representatives - percent
                                          of vote by party - NA%; seats by
                                          party - Republican Party 221,
                                          Democratic Party 211, independent 2,
                                          vacant 1
                                          elections: Senate - last held 7
                                          November 2000 (next to be held 4
                                          November 2002); House of
                                          Representatives - last held 7
                                          November 2000 (next to be held 4
                                          November 2002)
                         Judicial branch: Supreme Court (its nine justices are
                                          appointed for life by the president
                                          with confirmation by the Senate);
                                          United States Courts of Appeal;
                                          United States District Courts; State
                                          and County Courts
           Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party [Terence McAULIFFE,
                                          national committee chairman]; Green
                                          Party [leader NA]; Republican Party
                                          [Governor Marc RACICOT, national
                                          committee chairman]
            Political pressure groups and NA
                                 leaders:
               International organization AfDB, ANZUS, APEC, ARF (dialogue
                           participation: partner), AsDB, ASEAN (dialogue
                                          partner), Australia Group, BIS, CCC,
                                          CE (observer), CERN (observer), CP,
                                          EAPC, EBRD, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, FAO,
                                          G- 8, G-5, G-7, G-10, IADB, IAEA,
                                          IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA,
                                          IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO,
                                          IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO,
                                          ITU, MINURSO, MIPONUH, NAM (guest),
                                          NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS, OECD, OPCW,
                                          OSCE, PCA, SPC, UN, UN Security
                                          Council, UNCTAD, UNHCR, UNIKOM,
                                          UNITAR, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK,
                                          UNMOVIC, UNOMIG, UNRWA, UNTAET,
                                          UNTSO, UNU, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO,
                                          WMO, WTrO, ZC
                        Flag description: thirteen 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; the 50 stars
                                          represent the 50 states, the 13
                                          stripes represent the 13 original
                                          colonies; known as Old Glory; the
                                          design and colors have been the
                                          basis for a number of other flags,
                                          including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia,
                                          and Puerto Rico
    
     Economy United States
     ---------------------
                      Economy - overview: The US has the largest and most
                                          technologically powerful economy in
                                          the world, with a per capita GDP of
                                          $36,300. In this market-oriented
                                          economy, private individuals and
                                          business firms make most of the
                                          decisions, and the federal and state
                                          governments buy needed goods and
                                          services predominantly in the
                                          private marketplace. US business
                                          firms enjoy considerably greater
                                          flexibility than their counterparts
                                          in Western Europe and Japan in
                                          decisions to expand capital plant,
                                          lay off surplus workers, and develop
                                          new products. At the same time, they
                                          face higher barriers to entry in
                                          their rivals' home markets than the
                                          barriers to entry of foreign firms
                                          in US markets. US firms are at or
                                          near the forefront in technological
                                          advances, especially in computers
                                          and in medical, aerospace, and
                                          military equipment, although their
                                          advantage has narrowed since the end
                                          of World War II. The onrush of
                                          technology largely explains the
                                          gradual development of a "two-tier
                                          labor market" in which those at the
                                          bottom lack the education and the
                                          professional/technical skills of
                                          those at the top and, more and more,
                                          fail to get comparable pay raises,
                                          health insurance coverage, and other
                                          benefits. Since 1975, practically
                                          all the gains in household income
                                          have gone to the top 20% of
                                          households. The years 1994-2000
                                          witnessed solid increases in real
                                          output, low inflation rates, and a
                                          drop in unemployment to below 5%.
                                          The year 2001 witnessed the end of
                                          the boom psychology and performance,
                                          with output increasing only 0.3% and
                                          unemployment and business failures
                                          rising substantially. The response
                                          to the terrorist attacks of
                                          September 11 showed the remarkable
                                          resilience of the economy. Moderate
                                          recovery is expected in 2002, with
                                          the GDP growth rate rising to 2.5%
                                          or more. A major short-term problem
                                          in first half 2002 was a sharp
                                          decline in the stock market, fueled
                                          in part by the exposure of dubious
                                          accounting practices in some major
                                          corporations. Long-term problems
                                          include inadequate investment in
                                          economic infrastructure, rapidly
                                          rising medical and pension costs of
                                          an aging population, sizable trade
                                          deficits, and stagnation of family
                                          income in the lower economic groups.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $10.082
                                          trillion (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 0.3% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $36,300
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 2%
                                          industry: 18%
                                          services: 80% (2001 est.)
           Population below poverty line: 12.7% (2001 est.)
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: 1.8%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: 30.5% (1997)
     Distribution of family income - Gini 40.8 (1997)
                                   index:
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.8% (2001)
                             Labor force: 141.8 million (includes unemployed)
                                          (2001)
             Labor force - by occupation: managerial and professional 31%,
                                          technical, sales and administrative
                                          support 28.9%, services 13.6%,
                                          manufacturing, mining,
                                          transportation, and crafts 24.1%,
                                          farming, forestry, and fishing 2.4%
                                          (2001)
                                          note: figures exclude the unemployed
                       Unemployment rate: 5% (2001)
                                  Budget: revenues: $1.828 trillion
                                          expenditures: $1.703 trillion,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (1999)
                              Industries: leading industrial power in the
                                          world, highly diversified and
                                          technologically advanced; petroleum,
                                          steel, motor vehicles, aerospace,
                                          telecommunications, chemicals,
                                          electronics, food processing,
                                          consumer goods, lumber, mining
       Industrial production growth rate: -3.7% (2001 est.)
                Electricity - production: 3,799.944 billion kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 70.76%
                                          hydro: 7.19%
                                          other: 2.21% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 19.84%
               Electricity - consumption: 3.613 trillion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 14.829 billion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 48.879 billion kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: wheat, other grains, corn, fruits,
                                          vegetables, cotton; beef, pork,
                                          poultry, dairy products; forest
                                          products; fish
                                 Exports: $723 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Exports - commodities: capital goods, automobiles,
                                          industrial supplies and raw
                                          materials, consumer goods,
                                          agricultural products
                      Exports - partners: Canada 22.4%, Mexico 13.9%, Japan
                                          7.9%, UK 5.6%, Germany 4.1%, France,
                                          Netherlands (2001)
                                 Imports: $1.148 trillion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Imports - commodities: crude oil and refined petroleum
                                          products, machinery, automobiles,
                                          consumer goods, industrial raw
                                          materials, food and beverages
                      Imports - partners: Canada 19%, Mexico 11.5%, Japan
                                          11.1%, China 8.9%, Germany 5.2%, UK,
                                          Taiwan (2001)
                         Debt - external: $862 billion (1995 est.)
                    Economic aid - donor: ODA, $6.9 billion (1997)
                                Currency: US dollar (USD)
                           Currency code: USD
                          Exchange rates: British pounds per US dollar -
                                          0.6981 (January 2002), 0.6944
                                          (2001), 0.6596 (2000), 0.6180
                                          (1999), 0.6037 (1998), 0.6106
                                          (1997); Canadian dollars per US
                                          dollar - 1.6003 (January 2002),
                                          1.5488 (2001), 1.4851 (2000), 1.4857
                                          (1999), 1.4835 (1998), 1.3846
                                          (1997); French francs per US dollar
                                          - 5.65 (January 1999), 5.8995
                                          (1998), 5.8367 (1997); Italian lire
                                          per US dollar - 1,668.7 (January
                                          1999), 1,763.2 (1998), 1,703.1
                                          (1997); Japanese yen per US dollar -
                                          132.66 (January 2002), 121.53
                                          (2001), 107.77 (2000), 113.91
                                          (1999), 130.91 (1998), 120.99
                                          (1997); German deutsche marks per US
                                          dollar - 1.69 (January 1999), 1.9692
                                          (1998), 1.7341 (1997); euros per US
                                          dollar - 1.1324 (January 2002),
                                          1.1175 (2001), 1.08540 (2000),
                                          0.93863 (1999)
                                          note: financial institutions in
                                          France, Italy, and Germany and eight
                                          other European countries started
                                          using the euro on 1 January 1999
                                          with the euro replacing the local
                                          currency in consenting countries for
                                          all transactions in 2002
                             Fiscal year: 1 October - 30 September
    
     Communications United States
     ----------------------------
          Telephones - main lines in use: 194 million (1997)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 69.209 million (1998)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: a very large,
                                          technologically advanced,
                                          multipurpose communications system
                                          domestic: a large system of fiber-
                                          optic cable, microwave radio relay,
                                          coaxial cable, and domestic
                                          satellites carries every form of
                                          telephone traffic; a rapidly growing
                                          cellular system carries mobile
                                          telephone traffic throughout the
                                          country
                                          international: 24 ocean cable
                                          systems in use; satellite earth
                                          stations - 61 Intelsat (45 Atlantic
                                          Ocean and 16 Pacific Ocean), 5
                                          Intersputnik (Atlantic Ocean
                                          region), and 4 Inmarsat (Pacific and
                                          Atlantic Ocean regions) (2000)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 4,762, FM 5,542, shortwave 18
                                          (1998)
                                  Radios: 575 million (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: more than 1,500 (including nearly
                                          1,000 stations affiliated with the
                                          five major networks - NBC, ABC, CBS,
                                          FOX, and PBS; in addition, there are
                                          about 9,000 cable TV systems) (1997)
                             Televisions: 219 million (1997)
                   Internet country code: .us
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 7,800 (2000 est.)
                          Internet users: 166 million (2001)
    
     Transportation United States
     ----------------------------
                                Railways: total: 212,433 km mainline routes
                                          standard gauge: 212,433 km 1.435-
                                          m gauge
                                          note: represents the aggregate
                                          length of roadway of all line-haul
                                          railroads including an estimate for
                                          Class II and III railroads (1998)
                                Highways: total: 6,370,031 km
                                          paved: 5,733,028 km (including
                                          74,091 km of expressways)
                                          unpaved: 637,003 km (1997)
                               Waterways: 41,009 km
                                          note: navigable inland channels,
                                          exclusive of the Great Lakes
                               Pipelines: petroleum products 276,000 km;
                                          natural gas 331,000 km (1991)
                       Ports and harbors: Anchorage, Baltimore, Boston,
                                          Charleston, Chicago, Duluth, Hampton
                                          Roads, Honolulu, Houston,
                                          Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New
                                          Orleans, New York, Philadelphia,
                                          Port Canaveral, Portland (Oregon),
                                          Prudhoe Bay, San Francisco,
                                          Savannah, Seattle, Tampa, Toledo
                         Merchant marine: total: 264 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 6,911,641 GRT/9,985,660 DWT
    
                                          ships by type: barge carrier 1, bulk
                                          11, cargo 14, chemical tanker 16,
                                          collier 1, combination bulk 4,
                                          combination tanker 11, container 86,
                                          multi-functional large-load carrier
                                          4, passenger/cargo 2, petroleum
                                          tanker 81, roll on/roll off 28,
                                          specialized tanker 3, vehicle
                                          carrier 2
                                          note: includes some foreign-owned
                                          ships registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Australia 1, Canada 4,
                                          Denmark 15, France 1, Germany 1,
                                          Netherlands 3, Norway 7, Puerto Rico
                                          4, Singapore 11, Sweden 1, United
                                          Kingdom 3 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 14,695 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 5,127
                                          over 3,047 m: 183
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 222
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 2,413
                                          under 914 m: 967 (2001)
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 1,342
         Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 9,568
                                          under 914 m: 7,716 (2001)
                                          over 3,047 m: 1
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 7
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 1,679
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 165
                               Heliports: 132 (2001)
    
     Military United States
     ----------------------
                       Military branches: Department of the Army, Department
                                          of the Navy (includes Marine Corps),
                                          Department of the Air Force
                                          note: the Coast Guard is normally
                                          subordinate to the Department of
                                          Transportation, but in wartime
                                          reports to the Department of the
                                          Navy
        Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age (2002 est.)
        Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 70,819,436 (2001
                                          est.)
     Military manpower - fit for military NA (2002 est.)
                                 service:
             Military manpower - reaching males: 2,053,179 (2002 est.)
                   military age annually:
           Military expenditures - dollar $276.7 billion (FY99 est.)
                                  figure:
       Military expenditures - percent of 3.2% (FY99 est.)
                                     GDP:
                         Military - note: note: 2002 estimates for military
                                          manpower are based on projections
                                          that do not take into consideration
                                          the results of the 2000 census
    
     Transnational Issues United States
     ----------------------------------
                Disputes - international: maritime boundary disputes with
                                          Canada (Dixon Entrance, Beaufort
                                          Sea, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Machias
                                          Seal Island); US Naval Base at
                                          Guantanamo Bay is leased from Cuba
                                          and only mutual agreement or US
                                          abandonment of the area can
                                          terminate the lease; Haiti claims
                                          Navassa Island; US has made no
                                          territorial claim in Antarctica (but
                                          has reserved the right to do so) and
                                          does not recognize the claims of any
                                          other state; Marshall Islands claims
                                          Wake Island
                           Illicit drugs: consumer of cocaine shipped from
                                          Colombia through Mexico and the
                                          Caribbean; consumer of heroin,
                                          marijuana, and increasingly
                                          methamphetamine from Mexico;
                                          consumer of high-quality Southeast
                                          Asian heroin; illicit producer of
                                          cannabis, marijuana, depressants,
                                          stimulants, hallucinogens, and
                                          methamphetamine; money-laundering
                                          center
    
                                         
  
  

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