Yes! Okay, I won't be that person. Really, though, the BU is...complex, to put it mildly. Mostly due to the inclusion of territories in India and Africa, which created the Demographics Bomb wherein they would either have to be kept in an unequal state, be forced to leave and lose the massive resource and economic base (India in particular is doing better here), or allow the states to politically dominate the others through numbers. So a sort of compromise was reached that broke the BU down to a sort of EU-like organization overall, with a BU Parliament overseeing the world-spanning organization but an upper house and council and like that is not based on population to keep it in check, but then to keep any one region from dominating the other a federal structure is put in place that limits powers when it comes down to certain regions. The BU Parliament can make certain decisions on the grander scale, but on the smaller level that starts to come down to regional governments for, say, North America or then down to New England, or then down to the Provincial government for, say, Plymouth or Rhode Island. They added extra levels and duties for each to keep things separate without technically taking powers away in an effort to keep everyone in, basically. It's not perfect, or maybe even great, but it does at least work, if at least for no other reason than inertia at this point and being useful for all the issues of trade, foreign policy, military, and so on. That was, anyway, what I came up with while working on this project. At the very least, that's the idea that the textbook, written to give people a positive view of the BU, is trying to get across, whether it's entirely unbiased to say so or not.