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The new country of the United States was not as united as people had hoped. There was a lot of talk among people in the government about unity and cooperation, but in reality, there were intense divisions in the new nation.\n\nImmediately following the Revolutionary War, the government of the United States was too weak. The Continental Congress was the first national government of the United States. It was made up of representatives from each of the 13 states. In 1781, it ratified, or brought into law, the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States. The Articles gave the Continental Congress very little power.