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Unformatted text preview: did not have a judicial system (national courts) or an executive (such as a president). As a result, each state had a significant degree of sovereignty and autonomy. The national government under the Articles remained in effect until 1789. Under the Articles, Congress was empowered to do the following: Declare war and make peace Establish armed forces Make treaties Govern western lands owned by the United States Borrow money Congress lacked a number of key powers, though. It could not collect taxes, compel the states to fund the war, contribute troops, or enforce cooperation. Chaos ensued as the various states fought with one another. Nevertheless, Congress achieved two notable successes: Negotiating and signing the Treaty of Paris (1783) to end the Revolutionary War Passing the Northwest Ordinances (1787) to create a system for admitting new states to the Union...
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