In what ways was the Iroquois Confederacy like the United States' government?

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The main way in which the Iroquois Confederacy was like the US government was that both were made up of representatives from groups that originally considered themselves to be separate nations.  The Iroquois Confederacy was made up of the Five Nations while the US government was made up of (originally) the 13 states.  In both cases, groups that considered themselves independent came together because of a need to protect themselves from outside enemies. This is the major similarity between these two entities; they were both made up of formerly independent nations that joined together as a way to become more powerful and more secure against external enemies.