Federal government of the United States
The federal government of the United States (U.S. federal government or U.S. government)[lower-alpha 1] is the national government of the United States, a federal republic located primarily in North America, composed of 50 states, a city within a federal district (the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, where most of the federal government is based), five major self-governing territories and several island possessions. The federal government, sometimes simply referred to as Washington, is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.
|Founding document||United States Constitution|
|Jurisdiction||United States of America|
|Headquarters||The White House|
|Seat||Supreme Court Building|
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