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Canada

Canada

2000px-Canada in North America (-mini map -rivers)

General
 Full name Canada
 Alias(es) None
 Country
 code(s)
CA
 Continent North America
 Area 9,984,670 km2 (3,855,100 sq mi)
 Time zone (UTC−3.5 to −8)
 Date format yyyy-mm-dd (AD)
Political
 Government Federal parliamentary representative democracy under a constitutional monarchy
 Constitution Royal constitution
 Head of the
 government
Prime minister
 Monarch Elizabeth II
 Prime
 minister
Justin Trudeau
 Governor-
 general
Julie Payette
 Chief justice Beverley McLachlin
 Strength(s) Canadian Armed Forces, monarchy
 Executive
 branch
Cabinet
 Legislature Parliament
 Judicial
 branch
Court system
 Affiliation(s) United Nations, NATO
 Military Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force (all are the parts of the Canadian Armed Forces)
Societal
 Population 35,151,728
 Capital Ottawa
 Largest city Toronto
 Race(s) Humans
 Official
 language(s)
English, French
 Religion(s) Christianity, Irreligion, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, other religious faiths
 Ethnic
 group(s)
European Canadians, Asian Canadians, indigenous people, Black Canadians, Latin American Canadians, Multiracial Canadians
 Demonym(s) Canadian
 Currency Canadian dollar
 National Day July 1 (Canada Day)
 National
 anthem
O Canada
Historical
 Formed
 from
Confederation
 Established July 1, 1867
 Engagement(s) Fenian Raids, Wolseley Expedition, Mahdist War, North-West Rebellion, Second Boer War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, Russian Civil War, World War II, Korean War, Turkish Invasion of Cyprus, Gulf War, Operation Medak Pocket, Kosovo War, International Force for East Timor, War on Terror, Libyan Civil War
 Status Active
A Mari Usque Ad Mare (From Sea to Sea)
~ Canadian official motto in Latin

Canada (French: [kanadɑ]) is a North American country found in the northern part. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world's second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. The majority of the country has a cold or severely cold winter climate, but southerly areas are warm in summer. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land territory being dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. It is highly urbanized with 82 per cent of the 35.15 million people concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its five largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.

Various indigenous peoples have inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Beginning in the 16th century, the British and French established colonies, the first being the colony of Canada established by France in 1535. As a consequence of various armed conflicts, British North America gained and lost territory until, by the late 18th century, it controlled most of what comprises Canada today. On July 1, 1867, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia were federated to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominion named Canada. This began an accretion of provinces and territories to the Dominion to the present ten provinces and three territories forming contemporary Canada. Canada achieved independence gradually beginning with responsible government in the 1830s and culminating with the patriation of the Constitution in 1982. In 1931, Canada achieved near-total independence from the United Kingdom with the Statute of Westminster 1931, except for the power to amend its constitution.

Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being the head of state. The country is officially bilingual at the federal level. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada's long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture.

Canada is a developed country and has the fifteenth-highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the tenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. Canada is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie, and part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7 (formerly G8), the Group of Ten, the G20, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Etymology

Main article: Name of Canada in Wikipedia

History

Main article: History of Canada in Wikipedia

List of characters who hailed from Canada

Main series

Playable Canadians

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