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federal governmentpowers are divided between a central government and several local governmentsconfederationloose alliance of independent states in which the central government holds very little powerworth of the individual, equality of all people, majority rule/minority rights, necessity of compromise, individual freedom5 foundations of a democracyterritory, government, population, sovereignty4 characteristics of a nationdictatorshipthe people in power hold absolute powergovernmentinstitution through which society makes and enforces its public policiespublic policyeverything a government decides to do, including taxation, defense, education, health care, worker's rights, etc.constitutionthe powers of government are outlined in a constitution, which is a body of laws setting out the structure of and the procedures of a government.preambleWe the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.