Federal government of the United States

The federal of the  (U.S. federal ) is the national government of the , a federal republic in  America, composed of 50 states, a federal , five major self-governing territories and several  possessions.

The federal 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.