The United States was the kind of place in 1789 that always before and everywhere else had required a Crown and Council for governance. The people had to submit to their place as subjects. The imperium had to be bound together by the blood of royals. The government had to be justified by a state sanctioned church and sustained by the sword. The rest of the world thought it was only a matter of time before that would be America’s fate. The rest of the world could not conceive that Americans did not need a king, could not know that Americans had something better. He was a Virginia farmer with an unlikely set of companions.