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The Unitit States o Americae (Inglis: United States of America), commonly referred tae as the Unitit States (Inglis: United States, U.S.) or Americae (Inglis: America), is a constitutional federal republic componed o 50 states, a federal destrict, five major sel-govrening territories, an various possessions. Forty-aicht o the fifty states an the federal destrict are contiguous an locatit in North Americae atween Canadae an Mexico. The state o Alaska is in the northwast corner o North Americae, bordered bi Canadae tae the east an athort the Bering Strait frae Roushie tae the wast. The state o Hawaii is an airchipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered aboot the Paceefic Ocean an the Caribbean Sea. Nine time zones are covered. The geografie, climate an wildlife o the kintra are extremely diverse.

At 3.8 million squerr miles (9.8 million km2) an wi over 324 million fowk, the Unitit States is the warld's fowert-lairgest kintra bi tot aurie (an fowerth-lairgest bi laund aurie) an the third-maist populous. It is ane o the warld's maist ethnically diverse an multicultural naitions, an is hame tae the warld's lairgest immigrant population. Urbanisation climbed tae oweer 80% in 2010 an leads tae growin megaregions. The kintra's caipital is Washington, D.C. an its lairgest ceety is New York Ceety; the ither major metropolitan auries, aw wi aroond five million or mair inhabitants, are Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, an Atlanta.

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Nizwa Fort

Detail o Nizwa Fort, a lairge castle in Nizwa, Oman.

Photograph: Martin Falbisoner

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