keppla wrote:Which may be another example of the "not relevant to daily life"-variety. I dont know how it is in spain, but as far as i know the level of independence of the federal states from the union is in general far lower in european nations than in the USA, leading to less significance.
For example: in all german federal states there is the same VAT, the same age of consent, and the same social security. In most US states, these differ (afaik).
The most common relevance for knowing about federal states in germany is to discriminate against the bavarians or east germans
I would argue that the "not relevant to daily life" argument still applies, at least in my experience. I certainly wasn't aware of differences between states of the sort you describe until relatively recently - it has never really mattered to me that another state might have another age of consent or driving age or what have you, and it won't unless I move to another state, which won't happen any time soon if ever. And I certainly didn't realize the existence or importance of social/ideological differences until I took a legitimate US History class, and that wasn't until I was a junior in high school. (Which is far too late, IMO, but that's beside the point.) But I definitely knew how many states there were long before that.
Again, though, this is just my own experience. I'm perfectly aware that this is not universal. I'm just throwing this out there.