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The United States of America, simply known as the U.S. is an American civilization featured in Act III: Steel in Age of Empires III. Its major heroes are Amelia Black and Major Cooper.

In the New World, the newly established United States of America expanded its territories westward during the 19th century, eventually becoming a world superpower by the 20th century.

The United States can have a powerful economy because they can create Settlers faster than other civilizations since like the British they spawn settlers whenever a Manor is built.

The United States military is very powerful especially later on in the game because their Musketeers and Hussars, two mainline units, can be upgraded to Royal Guard level. However unlike the British they train Skirmishers instead of Longbowmen and can also train rockets from their Artillery Foundry and Heavy Cannon from their Factory. They are unable to upgrade the Heavy Cannon with the Imperial upgrade, which instead is only available to their Rockets.

Home City Cards[]

Main article: United States Home City Cards (campaign)

In-game dialogue[]

This civilization uses the same dialogue files as the British, except that the Heavy Cannon uses the Longbowman's dialogue and the Dragoon uses unused by the British themselves "BritishHeavyCavalry" dialogue files.

  • Select 1 Yes? [pronounced more like "yis"]
  • Select 2 Ready
  • Select 3 Commandement? [commandiment] - What is it? / Your command?
  • Move 1 Yes [pronounced more like "yis"]
  • Move 2 I(c) woll [ï/ee/ish woll] - I will
  • Move 3 I(c) meane so [ee/ish mehne soh] - I mean so
  • Attack 1 Advance! [av/ance]
  • Attack 2 Lay on!
  • Attack 3 I waste! [ee west/ee wist] - I kill!


  • The US Flag show in the original game for campaign clearly has 24 stars, placing the events of Act III between 1822 and 1836, which is far earlier than both Major Cooper's involvement in the Mexican-American War (1845) and even the start of the construction of the intercontinental railroad in the mid-1840s to the late-1860s.
    • If playing as the United States in The WarChiefs, the flag changes to the Betsy Ross flag.
    • In the Definitive Edition, the flag was changed to the 15-star, 15-stripe Star Spangled Banner Flag.
      • This version of the flag was adopted by the United States in 1795 to symbolize the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union, and during the War of 1812 its presence over Fort McHenry inspired the poem that would later become the United States' national anthem.
      • This flag is also used by the United States playable civilization and by the United States in the Battle of New Orleans.
      • Originally, this flag incorrectly had 13 stripes. With the release of the United States civilization in update 23511, this has been fixed.
  • The United States' politician is George Washington, who is also a playable character in Act I: Fire.
  • Although both the United States and the Black Family Estate represent the same nation, in Age of Empires III, they're entirely separate civilizations.
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Civilizations in Age of Empires III
African^Ethiopians · Hausa
American***Mexicans^^ · United States
Asian**Chinese · Indians · Japanese
EuropeanBritish · Dutch · French · Germans · Italians^^^ · Maltese^^^ · Ottomans · Portuguese · Russians · Spanish · Swedes***
Native American*Aztecs · Haudenosaunee (formerly Iroquois) · Incas*** · Lakota (formerly Sioux)
Minor civilizations
African Kingdom^Akan · Berbers · Somalis · Sudanese · Yoruba
Asian Holy Site**Bhakti Temple · Jesuit Mission · Shaolin Temple · Sufi Mosque · Tengri Shrine*** · Udasi Temple · Zen Temple
European Royal House^^^House of Bourbon · House of Habsburg · House of Hanover · House of Jagiellon · House of Oldenburg · House of Phanar · House of Vasa · House of Wettin · House of Wittelsbach
Native American SettlementApache* · Carib · Cherokee · Cheyenne* · Comanche · Cree · Huron* · Klamath* · Lenape^^ · Mapuche* · Maya · Navajo* · Nootka · Quechua (formerly Incas) · Seminole · Tupi · Zapotec* (Former: Aztecs · Haudenosaunee · Lakota)
Campaign civilizations
Black Family Estate · Circle of Ossus · John Black's Mercenaries · Knights of St. John · United States
Civilizations in Historical Battles***
Barbary Pirates · Canadians^^ · Ethiopians · Moroccans^ · Somalians · Tatars · United States
* introduced in The Warchiefs   ** in The Asian Dynasties   *** in the Definitive Edition   ^ in The African Royals   ^^ in The Mexico DLC   ^^^ in Knights of the Mediterranean