State of Alaska
Alaska
— Subdivision of United States of America
Timeline: An Independent in 2000
Flag of State of Alaska
Flag of State of Alaska
Juneau
Largest city Anchorage
Governor
Lt. Governor
Area area km²
Population 791,235 
Admission January 3, 1959

Alaska is a U.S. state in the north-west extremity of the United States West Coast, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. The Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon border the state to the east and south-east. Its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug) to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest U.S. state by area and the seventh largest sub-national division in the world. In addition, it is the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of the 50 United States; nevertheless, it is by far the most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel in North America: its population estimated at 738,432 by the United States Census Bureau in 2015 is more than quadruple the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area.

Politics

Alaska is one of the most conservative states in the union, this is largely attributed to the relative remoteness from the rest of the country, and its low, largely Caucasian population. Alaska has voted for a Republican candidate for the presidency in every single election since its admission in 1959, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Economy

Alaska's economy is largely based around the fishing, logging, and petroleum industries. Recently, thanks to the Space Boom, the state has become a prime target for private and public spaceport construction thanks to its dry climate and position to the north pole. Its low temperatures have also made it a perfect candidate for the construction of the Mass Driver on Earth. Alaska is also home to the construction of the Bering Strait bridge, the longest bridge ever built, and has proven a huge boost to its growing economy.

Expansion

Of the northern territories of the United States and Canada, Alaska's population was always the largest, even though it has had one of the lowest populations in the country for most of its history. For this reason, it seemed simpler just to create one Northern superstate along a single line of latitude to give its populace a larger voice in government. Alaska always was, but even more so now, the largest state in the union.

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