Articles of Confederation
March 1, 1781
The Articles of Confederation put the states in charge of watching over their people and reporting crimes and accidents but the states didn't always listen. Most of the power was within the states so the central government couldn't make the states obey. No executive branch, no court system and no regulation of trade
The Central government couldn't force the states to obey if they weren't complying with the laws because the states had most of the power. Since there was no court system people could do anything and get away with it.