Support and Defend: Article 1 Section 10

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

Individual states cannot act as separate countries. Virginia cannot make an alliance with Russia, for instance. The power to coin money is reserved for the Federal government. California can’t make its own money. And, we’re a republic, friends. No-one gets titles of nobility. Notice this gets reiterated quite a lot in the Constitution.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

Interstate duties and taxes are forbidden. We’re a collection of states, but legally one country.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

If one state goes to war, the whole country does. Vermont can’t go to war with Canada, nor Texas with Mexico, ferinstance.

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