The United States of America (simply referred to as the United States, U.S.A., or U.S.) is a federal presidential constitutional republic comprising of 54 states and a capital district.
The population of the United States, as of the 2050 Census, is 438,766,203.
Timeline of events (pre-2017)
The nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Great Britain located along the Atlantic coast who issued a Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. This led to the American Revolution, the first successful colonial war of independence. The Philadelphia Convention adopted the current U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and its ratification the following year made the states part of constitutional federal republic. The Bill of Rights, a set of ten amendments that guarantee fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.
The United States acquired land from France (the Louisiana Purchase), Spain (the present-day state of Florida), the United Kingdom, Mexico (the present-day states of New Mexico and Arizona), and Russia (the present-day state of Alaska) in the 19th century. Annexation of the Republic of Texas and Republic of Hawaii also took place. Disputes between the southern states and the northern states over slavery and states' rights ultimately provoked the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). The Civil War ended in a northern victory, preserving the nation and ending legal slavery in the United States.
The economy was prosperous in the 1870s with the expansion of the railroad and steel industries. The Spanish-American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a military superpower. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 were conducted by the US during World War II, making the US the first to have nuclear weapons.
In the years after WWII, the US was a founding member of NATO, a member of the United Nations Security Council, and a rival with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991 marked the end of the Cold War, and the US was left as the sole superpower nation.
Amendments since the 27th
|Amendment||Action||Year of Ratification|
|28||Sets term limits on members of Congress||2021|
|29||Abolishes the Electoral College in favor of a popular voting system||2025|
|30||Admits Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as U.S. states||2025|
Timeline of events (post-2017)
In 2017, Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.
In 2019, the James Webb Space Telescope - the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope - is launched into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center.
In 2021, Project Oceanus is commenced by President Edward Newton, which is a series of deep sea missions with the intent to explore and document the deepest parts of the ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is put in charge of this project.
Later in 2021, President Newton signs an executive order that ceased circulation of the US penny. In December 2021, the United States began paving the way for the nationwide switch from Imperial Units such as pounds and feet to Metric Units such as grams and meters.
In mid-2025, the 29th Amendment to the Constitution abolishes the Electoral College in favor of a popular voting system.
List of Presidents
45 - Donald Trump (2017 - 2021)
Donald J. Trump (1946 - 2038) was the first president without prior military or government service, the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, and the fifth to have won the election despite losing the popular vote.
Trump's primary focuses for his only term were illegal immigration and counter-terrorism.
In May 2018, President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met at Panmunjom on the border of North and South Korea. The discussion led to the denuclearization of North Korea and formally ended the Korean War after decades in a stalemate.
Trump was somewhat successful in his efforts to prevent terrorism from spreading worldwide; however, he ultimately lost the re-election bid to his Democratic opponent Edward Newton.
46 - Edward Newton (2021 - 2025)
Edward Newton (1952 - 2040), the last president to win under the Electoral College system, was responsible for the following legislation:
- Project Oceanus – a collaboration between the United States government and the NOAA to explore the deepest depths of the oceans to document sea life and topography
- The switch from Imperial to Metric Units nationwide
- The 28th and 29th Amendments to the Constitution
- Ceased circulation of the US penny
- Reversed the FCC's 2017 decision to kill net neutrality
47 - James Thompson (2025 - 2029)
James Thompson (1953 - 2050), the first president to win under the popular vote system,