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The Articles of Confederation established a representative government. Which answer best explains how it worked? Every state had an equal vote in Congress. Small states had one vote in Congress; large states had two votes. The number of representatives was based on the state’s population. The number of representatives was based on the physical size of the state.

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The Articles of Confederation created a government that is known as a "confederation." Drafted during the years 1776 and 1777, while the colonists were still fighting for independence, the Articles of Confederation created a weak national government with most of the governmental powers retained by the states. The Articles provided no separation of branches. There was no president or any other independent executive, nor was there a federal judicial branch. Congress, the legislature, was the only branch of government. Laws required unanimous votes. Members elected to congress did not vote as individuals, but as states. While congress did have some powers, it could not enforce its laws on the states or the people. States were permitted to coin their own money. There was no regulation of commerce between the states and states could even enter into treaties with foreign nations and declare war, “with the consent of Congress.” Congress could not tax the states or the people, it could only request funds to run the government.

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