"In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit." Judges 17:6, 21:25. The shorter lament, "In those days Israel had no king," appears twice more. Judges 18:1, 19:1. These comments appear in a section of judges that accounts some pretty horrible conduct by the local leaders.
However, in the Chapter 8 of First Samuel, we read about all the horrible things that a king will do. It even kind of hurts God's feelings that the people are rejecting God as their king.
Local versus national control is not a foreign issue for Americans. What do you think? Does either system promote or inhibit justice? Does either system encourage or discourage creating a Kingdom of God?