Government is the group of people that has power to rule over a territory, which can be an entire country or a portion of one. There are many different types of governments, including democracies, totalitarian regimes and authoritarian regimes. There are also a number of hybrid systems that combine elements of multiple types of governments. Governments make laws, enforce them, collect taxes and print money. They have monopolies on the use of force and have police forces to help ensure that citizens follow the law. They have departments that handle things like education, the environment and national security. Governments also have diplomats who communicate with the governments of other countries.

The goals of governments vary by country and governmental system, but most strive for economic prosperity for their citizens, secure borders and the safety and well-being of citizens. They also provide benefits that society as a whole needs, such as schools, health care and transportation infrastructure.

Each government has its own rules regarding how it is structured and what powers it has. There are three main branches of government, which are the legislative branch, the executive branch and the judicial branch. The legislature is the body that writes and passes legislation. The executive branch is the President and his administration, who make decisions on the big issues of the day. The judicial branch, which is made up of the Supreme Court and federal courts overseen by the Constitution, hears and makes decisions on legal cases that are brought to them.

Another important function of government is regulating access to certain goods that are not provided by the market, such as public lands and wildlife. These resources are in limited supply and cannot be multiplied to meet increased demand. This is why government exists: to manage these limited resources and make sure everyone has an opportunity to benefit from them.

It is estimated that 9 million children visit emergency departments each year for unintentional injuries. These injuries can be caused by everything from poisoning, suffocation, drowning and falling. Some of these are preventable with simple steps such as babyproofing your home and securing your child in a car seat or booster.

The primary role of the judicial branch is to protect the Constitution and to ensure that the laws are not violating other constitutional rights. It is not an easy task. For example, if the Congress passes two bills that have conflicting language, a committee is convened to discuss and produce a conference report, which both chambers must then approve. This process may take months or even years to complete and sometimes it doesn’t work out at all. The Supreme Court is also a check on the executive and legislative branch, as it can overturn any laws that are ruled to be unconstitutional. This gives each branch of the government a check and balance to keep it from becoming an undemocratic dictatorship. In the United States, this is known as the separation of powers.