Under the Articles of Confederation there was only 1 vote in congress for each state. As far as the union of states went, this agreement provided only a loose alliance between the states. There was no congressional power to levy taxes, and no federal courts. In 1789-1790, when the Constitution of the United States was put in place, each state received 2 votes in the House of Representatives. The laws were also executed by a powerful president. There was ample power to enforce laws by coercion of individuals and to some extent of states. Before the American Revolution, America had no formal superstructure to govern itself. It was simply many colonies co-existing apart from each other.
The Declaration of Independence was probably the most radical alteration in political ideas and institutions. It sought to establish