But who can limit the extent to which the federative principle may operate effectively?
Her scheme was federative, like our own, in which the provinces of France should have the status of states.
As a people we must, if possible, preserve what remains of the Constitution and of the federative system.
Still, Mexico appears to be a federative republic, at least nominally, although the only recognised power is the sabre.
The federative system was equally familiar; Germany, the Netherlands, and even Spain, were in a measure federations.
It has been remarked, that the federative principle of the old system has been to some extent retained in the constitution.
The federative states enjoyed their own constitutions, but were bound to supply the Romans with tribute and auxiliary forces.
This body was consequently elected, and met at Frankfort, by the side of the old federative Diet.
But the federative diet weakened and enervated its designs by those secret influences all federations naturally possess.
And it may be asserted without fear of refutation, that no federative government could exist without a similar provision.