Adventures in counterfactuals: A United States of America without the states
I’m curious – what do you think would be different about the United States if there were no states (other than the name of the country, obviously)?
Let’s say that somehow, back in the heady days of the Founding Fathers, the colonies all decided to do away with their borders and autonomy and join up to form one nation without any states at all. Today, there are still House districts based on population, but no states whatsoever and thus no Senate or at least not exactly a Senate. Perhaps there would be some other Upper House, perhaps not. Perhaps there would be some other way to govern different regions of the country – several provinces, perhaps, similar to Canada or Australia.
How would this effect legislation? The role of the federal government? Entitlements? How would this have played out in the past with things like slavery? What different sorts of freedoms would exist (or not exist) if the entire question of states’ rights was not even in our vocabulary?