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Say, let each state send representatives to bid for import quota of specific categories of merchandises, therefore making intra-US cooperation among states into inter-state competition; just like how countries have trade deals with EU members while maintaining a relationship with EU.

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    Actually EU rules don't allow for trade deals with individual EU members. This is one of the main issues in the "brexit". – James K Dec 22 '18 at 8:13
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Under Article I, section 10 of the US Constitution, no state can enter into an agreement with a foreign power without the approval of Congress. No state can enter into a treaty with a foreign power period, even with Congressional approval. This is specifically to prevent what you're talking about: the US is a single country and is supposed to act as a single country on the international stage.

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