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Reluctant states wanted the control, the final document for Article of Confederation allowed state government to retain most of their power and restricted national government to provide common defense. There was no national executive (president) and no judiciary (supreme court). The new system became more of a representative order and allowed people to speak for their state. It was also meant to prevent tyranny (imbalance power of one) by central authority. See more on check and balance.

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At the time the states wanted a weak central government for obvious reasons.

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