The US is the oldest continuous democracy in the world. It was established in 1789, although not all features of the system were as democratic as they are now.
- The US is a Federal system. This means that power is divided between a central/national government and the States. The national government is referred to as the Federal Government.
- There are 50 States. A complete list is here. The list of original 13 States is here.
- The Federal Government has three branches/arms:
- Legislative Branch: House of Representatives and Senate
- Executive Branch: President, Cabinet, Federal Departments and Agencies
- Judicial Branch: Supreme Court, Other Federal Courts
How is Power Divided in the US Political System?