Comment: I understand the confusion.

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I understand the confusion.

So you have it in #2: "Citizen of one of the States.." So are you an Article 4 Citizen of one of the states, or a 14th Amendment citizen of the United States?

The term United States either referrers to a description of the states united, or to the federal corporate entity known as the United States. It can not be both, however, a description and a proper noun at the same time.

So is your citizenry the country of Illinois, or the federal corporation located in DC, which is not a state of the union btw?

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