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Weaknesses of The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was drafted in 1777 and signed in 1781 by thirteen states. It was an initial declaration of an independent United States. It laid down specific guidelines about various rules and procedures that were to be followed after Independence. The Articles were heavily tilted in favor of the States governments, giving the National government very little power to run the country.
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State Power
State governments had more control over making laws than the national government.
Central Government Taxing
Paying taxes to the central government was optional for the States (led to National Government's bankruptcy)
Congress could not levy taxes
National government was unable to raise revenue to support regulation of business and commerce
Making laws in Congress
laws required at least 9 states' approval (hard to go to war or form an alliance with other countries)
State Votes
Each state only had one vote in Congress, regardless of size
Unicameral structure
Only one house of Congress