The Declaration of Independence, as a document, was never intended to resolve issues surrounding the formation of a new government. Rather it was intended to serve as a formal announcement that the former colonies of Great Britain were free and independent from British rule. This declaration did clear the way for the establishment of state constitutions, and in this sense created the possibility of a new government, but it said nothing about establishing this government. Because it stated the purpose of government as protecting the rights of the people, it did suggest that any national government formed after independence would representative in nature, but it made no formal strides toward this end. The Continental Congress that met in Philadelphia, and ultimately issued the Declaration was not really a national government, and in any case the Declaration said nothing about it. So, in short, the Declaration of Independence made a new national government possible, but did nothing to actually create one. This was simply not the purpose of the document.