The U.S. is a country with almost 300 million people. The U.S. has a government that rules over everyone living in and visiting the country. This is called the federal government.

The federal government is made up of three parts: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Members of the federal government include elected Congresspeople and Senators from all fifty states, a president, and a Supreme Court. The federal government is based in Washington, DC. It makes laws affecting the people living in all 50 states.

The Three Levels of Government