If you won the lottery, and were looking to buy a country to live in, the first one the real estate agent would show you would be the United States of America
— Tim Marshall writes in his book Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
America is one of the only countries in the world that can supply everything it needs. We’ve got beautiful, arable farmland to feed hungry mouths. We have plenty of fresh water. We have huge amounts of shale oil.
Our separation from most countries by two large oceans means we fear no invasion. And we have wide, deep waterways to transport these resources.
And we’ve got acres of timber. One third of the U.S. is forested, accounting for 751 million acres. That comes in second only to Russia, which has 766 million acres.”— Doc Eifrig