The flag of the United States of America, often referred to as the American flag, is the national flag of the United States. It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the "union") bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the US. Nicknames for the flag include The Stars and Stripes,Old Glory,and The Star-Spangled Banner.
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Since the establishment of a permanent international base on the Moon in 2078 AD, two centuries of colonisation have seen an increasing human presence off the earth. Separate communities now thrive not only on Earth’s nearest neighbour, but across the Solar System. The deserts of Mars, the icy wastes of Jupiter’s great moon Ganymede and the rich hydrocarbon lakes of the Saturnian satellite Titan all bear the mark of human occupancy. Exploitation of each world’s unique resources has led to substantial economic and social independence from Earth, and a second and third generation has now grown up without ever setting foot on Terrestrial soil. And what the isolation of interplanetary space has begun, gravity has finished. For the bodies of those born and raised away from the home-world have been sculpted by forces quite different from those on Earth, and this new breed can no longer stay long under its crushing gravity. Nor do they wish to. With their unique heritage and identity, they are proud to be and call themselves ex-terrestrial citizens.
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