Congress cobbled together the Articles of Confederation without providing many features that the individual states had included in their constitutions. Fear of British-style government also shaped the minds of Congress. Having just cast off a powerful central government with a king, the Articles abandoned the idea of a single unified executive to enforce the law. Nor did Congress have the power to tax, another power that the British had abused. The Articles created a weak government whose ability to raise revenue, engage in military actions, and conduct diplomacy depended entirely on the goodwill of the states. (Keene, Cornell & O’Donnell, 2013).