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Unformatted text preview: 5/12/2009 Political Science Notes Sovereignty o A governmental unit that has supreme authority and is accountable to no higher institution o United States sovereign Articles of Confederation o Follows the Declaration of Independence o Four Weaknesses Inadequate Powers of Government No power to tax No power to regulate interstate commerce Inadequate Machinery of Government Congress o Unicameral legislature o Each state got 1 vote o Delegates chosen by state No Executive Branch No Judicial Branch No way to execute laws Too rigid rigidity Unanimous vote need from al 13 states to amend the articles Required super majority for most decisions Very detailed Principle of State Sovereignty Treated each state as an independent country More like an alliance State sovereignty is the fundamental reason why the articles did not work o Did not actually create a country o Not a real constitution The Convention o...
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