Continental liberalism differs from English liberals in on crucial way. The role of privileges.
Continental liberalism opposes privilege in favor of equality, and also considers fraternity has a pillar of thought, while the English liberals were never very keen of ending privileges and classes.
When people talk about 'founding' a state, they mean two things:
Defining a certain territorial region that the 'state' will have sovereign authority to administer and control.
Creating a body of institutions — offices, laws, systems — by which that region will be administered and controlled.
That can amount to anything, honestly. A few decades back there ...