Is it kinda like EU Europe? Like all linked up and we can move freely between each EU country, claim social housing and benefits, work, receive medical care and kids have education, but each separate EU European country have their own laws? If so, why do they live separately instead of as one United country under one law?
If that's not why, why is it?
I've also always wondered, how does the states work? From my understanding there's states, and within each state there are cities, then within each city there are boroughs? Is there anything inside boroughs? Or does it just go to neighborhoods?
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Because the US is not just one big blob of land ruled by the federal government. Every state in the United States is sovereign in its own right, pretty much like little countries which have certain rights when it comes to certain areas of law. There are certain "powers" that the federal government has, certain "powers" the federal government has, and then there are some that overlap where the federal usually can override the state, but often chooses not to.
Hope that made sense, if you want to know more search something like "states vs federal powers"
This is a good system because the US is a very a big country, what works for the people in new york might not be good for those in california, closer the governing body is to the people being governed, the better. Also it allows for little "experiments"
For instance, currently we have a few states trying out legalization of marijuana. a lot of people have reservations about the dangers of legalizing, so it would be better to prove the concept by legalizing small areas and just seeing how it goes. Then, if all goes well, other states, and eventually the federal government will follow.
The most important thing is that the US is a federation, which means that we are a union of partially self governing states. Almost every large country in the world is a federation, the only exception i can think of would be China, but even though China is not a federation, it still very much operates like one because it has smaller autonomous regions
Hope that helps!1