Can the state, as opposed to its individual members in their personal capacity, intelligibly and legitimately seek to avoid blame or sanctions by invoking duress, provocation, reasonable mistakes in justification, or other types of excuses? Although a number of theorists have, in the past, discarded in passing the possibility of state excuses, the issue has yet to receive sustained philosophical attention. In this paper, my aim is to map out the topic in a way that will, hopefully, spur a more systematic discussion of its various facets, including the wider question of when the state may legitimately be singled out, legally or morally, to bear adverse normative consequences for wrongdoing. The paper also has significant relevance to the wider question of whether group or corporate excuses may intelligibly and legitimately make excuses.