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Difference Between USA and UK

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USA and the UK are two different conglomerate of states in the world. USA, completely known as United States of America has a federal and constitutional republic form of government while the UK (United Kingdom) instills the constitutional monarchy-parliament governance. In this regard, the head of the state along with the representatives are elected into office by the people in the US. They do their roles as government officials under the code of an already set constitution. Conversely, the UK has its monarch who acts as the head of state and absolute power is not vested unto this monarch because there is usually a duly elected separate head of the government that exercises political powers. These leaders, like in the US, uphold a set of laws in the form of a constitution.

In terms of the number of states, the US is composed of fifty different states and a federal district (the seat of governance). The UK is a unitary or single state nation that is composed of four separate countries namely: Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

Geographically speaking, the US is like a large continent with most of its states residing in the Northern American continent. UK, on the other hand, is an aggregate of small and big islands. Thus, it is more similar to an archipelago. The US has an obvious advantage of land size because it is dubbed as the third or fourth largest country with a total of 9.83 million square kilometers of land. UK only has 244,820 square kilometers of land.

The US economy is obviously the number one and biggest sole national economy worldwide that reaches more than US $14 trillion of GDP while the UK is only placed at 6th place with over US $2 trillion. However, it must not be forgotten that UK was hailed as the first ever industrialized country in the world. It was even the most powerful country during the 19th century. But when the World Wars came to reality, its power slowly dwindled. Today, the US has become the most powerful nation in the world in terms of military strength and national defense.

Summary:
1. The USA practices the federal constitutional republic form of government while the UK uses constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system.
2. USA has 50 states and one federal district whereas the UK is a single state kingdom comprised of four different countries.
3. The USA is more of a continent (a clumped piece of land) whereas the UK is more of an archipelago.
4. The USA has a bigger land area than UK, as well as, a bigger GDP or gross domestic product.
5. UK was a more powerful nation in the 19th century while the USA is the present most powerful nation in the world.


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  1. very brief and convincing.

  2. The UK and the USA: Economic System

    A bookish definition of Economic system is “The ideas and institutions that people draw upon and the behaviors in which they engage in order to secure resources to satisfy their needs and desires” But Economic System is a smaller word but it is bigger and larger than life.Basically, an economic system is a mechanism which deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a particular society.
    Differences: 1.The Uk is the 6th largest economy in the world according to GDP but USA is the largest and most important economy in the world. 2. The USA is the third largest country in the world when UK is the 8th largest in the world. 3.The UK has the 20th largest labour force in the world when the USA has the world’s best labour force. 4. The UK has the second highest trade deficit in the world behind the USA5. The USA has the world’s largest current account deficit but is still approximately four times higher than that of the UK’s,which is the second highest in the world. 6.Today, the USA ist the world’s largest trading nation, The UK is the 7th leading importer and the 12th leading exporter in the world. 7. The UK’s GDP makeup is comprised of agriculture(0.7 per cent) but USA is the third largest agricultural producer in the world. 8. The UK is the sixth-largest manufacturer of goods in the world and the USA is the world’s largest manufacturer. 9. The UK also has the 32nd largest proven oil reserves and the 44th largest proven natural gas reserves in the world,when the USA is the world’s third –largest producer of oil and second-largest producer of natural gas. 10. The Uk is the 7th leading importer and the 12th leading exporter in the world,today the USA is the world’s largest trading nation.
    Similarities: 1.Like similarity the UK and the USA have the largest economy in the world
    2.Also they have highest trade deficit in the world
    3.UK and USA have the same industry sectors(agriculture,industries and services)
    4. The list of their industries include:machine tools,electronics,telecommunicatons,chemicals etc.
    5. The Stock exchange is placed in their capitals (UK-London and USA-Washington)
    6.Also they are the largest countries in the world
    Conclusion
    The economic system is composed of people , institutions and their relationships. Addresses the problems of economics, like the allocation and scarcity of resources. Also it must not be forgotten that UK was hailed as the first ever industrialized country in the world. It was even the most powerful country during the 19th century. But when the World Wars came to reality, its power slowly dwindled. Today, the US has become the most powerful nation in the world in terms of military strength and national defense.

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