What if the United States never was, and each state was an individual nation?
If we had never united the states and been under one government. What do you think would have happened? Would we be better or worse off?
Originally we were meant to be the united States of America. A federation of sovereign States united for strength against foreign agressors and for economic protection. We would be better off if we were still under the Constitutional framework that cited the "several States" and understood the 10th amendment as it is clearly written, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people". We have allowed the federal government to usurp the rights of "We the People" and the soverienty of the States to the detriment of the citizendry. We would be better off if we were still governed by those words...and a more free people.
I think we would have had a long series of wars between the individual states, much like Europe has had a long series of wars between its individual states. Eventually, this would probably have resulted in some of the states merging together to form larger countries. Forming the United States likely made this land more peaceful.
Our federal system is one of the reasons why we are the oldest democracy (granted a republican democracy) in the world. Had we not united we would be a European like conglomerations of petty duchies constantly at war.
The States existed as individual nations before they bonded together and formed a 'confederation' under the Articles of Confederation. The first confederation did not work in a way that pleased everyone, so they followed up that arrangement by forming the Union under the Constitution. Before it became effective, it had to be approved by the individual States. The present Union began in 1787, whereas the States existed prior to that. When England made peace, it was with each State/Nation on an individual basis.
I suspect that if the union does not work out, that the States would continue some cooperative relationship with each other. The nature of the relationship would likely be some type of alliance, since there is so much overlapping history and culture. They would also develop some trade agreements where preferential treatment is given to former members of the Union.
As to whether we would be better off or worse, I don't know. What I do know is that there would be less involvement in wars that do not directly affect the States. That in itself tells me that there would be fewer tragic deaths. There would be less debt, and the United States would not be the world's policeman. So if fewer debts, fewer wars and more trade are important, we would be better off.
I always thought that the USA was a federation of individual countries, some holding customs tariffs against each other.
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