It was specifically formed not to be a state. In his Federalist No. 43, published January 23, 1788, James Madison argued that the new federal government would need authority over a national capital to provide for its own maintenance and safety. Five years earlier a band of unpaid soldiers had besieged Congress while its members were meeting in Philadelphia. Known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, the event emphasized the need for the national government not to rely on any state for its own security. Those that live in the district do so voluntarily and they know they don’t have the vote. If they want this privilege they may move to any nearby state. No one is forced to live in the district.