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What came before the federal system?



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The Articles of Confederation, our system of government prior to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, created a confederation of states. A confederation is a political system with a loose association of states in which the regional governmnents (the states) retain the ultimate power except for the powers that the states give to the national government. The United States operated as a confederation from 1776 to 1787. The Articles also created a uni-cameral legislature with no executive branch and no national judicial system of courts. MrV