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This weak central government proved troubling for international relations, commerce and many other things. Another issue with the weak central government was that it would not or could not speak for all of the colonies as one United Nation and this made it impossible to enter into treaties with other nations.
Articles of ConfederationBrandon Tallman 9/12/2012 8:37:42 PMThe Articles of Confederation were developed to give some semblance of government to the 13 states that had established themselves free from Great Britain and to develop and support an army. Many matters of politics played a part in the writing of the Articles. Some groups wanted power left to the states and some wanted to establish a strong central government. A fine line had to be walked to assure that all of the colonies would sign the Articles. Due to these political differences, the Articles had several shortcomings that became apparent once it was ratified. The Articles established only a congress and ignored traditional government roles including the currently existing executive and judiciary branches. While the Articles called on the continental congress to form an army to fight the revolution currently in place and to protect the newly free states from European interests, it did not give them any ability to collect taxes, allocate troops, and pay debts. The only way to do this was to ask individual states and hope that they were willing to supply these needed items. This led to an army that was never fully supplied and very nearly disbanded as soldiers fought to avoid freezing and starving during the winters. The Articles also required the vote of each state for major decisions at the continental congress, but gave no way to ensure that delegates would come while at the same time making it impossible to pass legislation without them. With so much power still resting in the states, it became impossible for congress to negotiate a successful treaty or trade agreement as there was no guarantee that it would be upheld by the individual statesConfederationKimesha Hines 9/12/2012 9:02:49 PMThe main problems with the Article of Confederation were (1) the inability to raise funds , (2) the need for unanimity to make changes, and (3) the lack of authority over internal trade. As the colonies fought in the war they became deeply in debt, but because the Article declared that Congress could not l;levy taxes they had no way to each meant the colonies krn an income to pay off their debt, as Congress tried to figure a way out of debt by establishing a National Bank and a new tax they need all the coloinies to agree and due to the fact that Rhode Island oppose the tax law, Congress could not pass the new tax which meant the colonies remained in debt.