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Central government for 321,605,012 people...
... is a patently ridiculous proposition. Period. It didn't work in the Middle Ages, once a nation grew beyond a single city-state, and it didn't work for the Soviet Union, because the means of production only dribbled out enough poor quality items to provide a meager subsistence for most of the masses, while the apparatchik put on a show of prosperity, with second-rate luxuries in evidence in the largest cities. It has the appearance of working in China, because they don't allow journalists into the most depressed areas, and because they are experimenting with little doses of capitalism
How do you fit 321 million (one US population estimate) people into a one-size-fits-all template?
There is only one way - an authoritarian power that has an army of people out there punishing anyone who steps one foot over the line - no discussion, no mitigating evidence, no hired gun lawyers for the guilty, and no public defenders that can argue for mercy. Even this doesn't guarantee success, because....corruption. The 'enforcers' will take bribes, the disenfranchised will meet secretly and plot against authority. Since everybody but the government apparatchik are 'the disenfranchised,' the pot will always be about to boil over.
So what is the answer? Smaller sovereign states with geographically and demographically sensible laws and economies, plus a coalition with the other nearby sovereign states on matters of national defense, and a sensible approach to cross-border trade and immigration - the actual original intent for the United States of America.