WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The former Siam changed its name to Thailand. Persia changed its name to Iran. Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka. And now, the United States is looking to upgrade its image in the world by changing its name, too.
"Changing the name of a country is a big step," explains Dwight Putnam, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State. "After all, the name of a country is integral to its national pride and patriotism. But this happens more often than you might think. And we feel the time is perfect for a sparkling new name for America."