Early Government Vocab Word Government Description/Definition Any group of people living together in a country, state, city, or local community who live by certain rules Example: The United States government is made up of three branches. Confederation An organization that is made up of different groups coming together in an alliance or agreement Example: The Articles of Confederation was an agreement between 13 states. The branch of government that enforces laws. Executive Example: George Washington was the first head of the executive branch. The branch of government that decided if laws follow the Constitution; the court system. Judicial Example: The Supreme Court is the highest court in the Judicial system. A group of representatives who make decisions and laws for a nation. Legislature Example: The legislature in the British parliament is called Parliament. A system of government in which power is shared by the states and the national government. Federal system Example: The Constitution established a federal system of government. A person sent to represent others Delegate Example: Each state sent a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. To charge a person in public office with a crime. Impeach Example: President Andrew Johnson was impeached for engaging in illegal activities.