Describe the characteristics of the articles of confederation?

  • No chief executive-no dictator
  • No national courts-no single court to declare result of a trial
  • Congress has the power to declare war-only congress can declare war on another country, the president cannot without the approval of congress
  • Congress has the power to make treaties-congress can choose allies
  • Laws need approval of states-the states can vote whether to ratify a law or not

The power of the Government is extremely limited!