A country retains an identity when its name is changed. There are institutions in a country that exist independently of the name of the country. What processes would these institutions accept as proper to change the name of the United States of America?

  • What institutions are you talking about? I’m guessing your question is looking to consider what would happen to or what could places do if they are named “Bank of America” or “American Airlines” and the United States of America was renamed to United States of Acirema or something? Please note: your question’s title (re: legislative process) doesn’t match your actual question. The question in your title would be more suited for the Politics Stack. Also, you may be looking for another term, because institutions aren’t afforded due process.
    – A.fm.
    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:44
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on politics.stackexchange.com Nov 27, 2019 at 1:48
  • @BlueDogRanch I agree if the question is the one in the title. The one in the body, though, doesn’t require closure.
    – A.fm.
    Nov 27, 2019 at 2:07
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    @A.fm.legislative processes are legal as well as political.
    – Dale M
    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:56
  • @DaleM actually, no. Not according to Law.StackExchange.
    – A.fm.
    Nov 27, 2019 at 5:53

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Since the name "United States of America" is found (without formal establishment or definition) in the Declaration of Independence, and it pervades the Constitution, a statute establishing a different name for the country would probably be insufficient. A constitutional amendment should suffice, however.

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    It was formally established in the Articles of Confederation in the first article: " I. The Stile of this Confederacy shall be "The United States of America"."
    – user662852
    Nov 27, 2019 at 15:56
  • @user662852 I knew I'd read that phrase somewhere. Thanks for mentioning it. Is there any chance that this provision still has force? A question on Law about whether the Articles of Confederation were formally repealed did not yield any definitive answers, though the best answer there does point out that the constitution supersedes the articles, so a constitutional amendment would still suffice.
    – phoog
    Nov 27, 2019 at 17:24

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