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Having people put in fake data to satisfy a validator isn't the worst problem in the world.

If you do have a country field, but still do validation according to US rules, then very few of your international customers will ever get through it. Most will just get frustrated after several tries and then leave. By not having a country field in the first place, you're telling these people that they needn't bother, you won't be wasting their time, and then everyone is happy and won't be writing angry blog posts about it.

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