There are many reasons for citizens of the world to be dissatisfied with the current government of their nations. For those with a keen interest or expertise in cryptography, the Decentralized Anonymous State (DAS) has been founded. Yes, you read that right: a decentralized state.
What does that look like in real terms? Well, it’s an online community, essentially. This eliminates the need for borders and banks and such. The DAS, as its citizens call it, functions as a way to incorporate businesses and congregate with other free-minded, like-minded individuals worldwide. So far there has been no discussion of the re-establishment of Esperanto, but this project is very reminiscent of that constructed language’s brief spell as a real thing.
CCN reached out to the founders of DAS to get a few questions answered and concepts clarified.
DAS will function free of taxation and will be established to reduce the types of corruption and coercion normally found in terrestrial states. Should a tax ever be imposed it will be in acceptable crypto currencies not to exceed the equivalent of .0001 Bitcoin per annum for human citizens and .001 Bitcoin for corporate/entity citizens.
One of the things the country’s press kit stated was, “DAS will not serve to shelter unlawful activities and will develop ways to expel criminal trafficking in obvious crime and those caught pursuing such.”
When asked to clarify what they meant by “criminal,” they said:
Obvious criminal activities would be things that are universally considered a crime such as hiring to murder, theft, fraud, etc.
Notice that the trafficking in herbs and spices considered by various regular jurisdictions to be either immoral or outright criminal is missing. Is this a reflection of the mindset of the new digital generation, one where “victimless crime” is treated as the oxymoron it may actually be?
But to clarify, DAS, in its present state, does not have the means to break terrestrial citizens free of the judiciary bonds that hold them:
Basically you are bound by the laws of the country you live in or operate in even when operating in cyberspace.
The goal in these early stages is not to take on the existing states toe to toe. That would surely warrant eradication. “Citizenship in DAS is like a secondary or dual citizenship.” But citizenship is not strictly for the “cryptologists of the world,” as you might have suspected. “There is a place for non-crypto experts such as business people and consumers,” said a representative calling himself Tim. He added,
“DAS is not subject to the laws of any nation as it is established as a state, however, it must act as a benevolent state among the community of states.”
Before laughing off this idea wholesale, consider that one of the most valuable currencies in the world, Bitcoin, was also the creation of a little-known cryptographer. Technology has enabled the people of the world to create anything – anything from robots that sweep and mop the floor to applications that level the political playing field. So while it might seem irrational to found a new society purely online at this point in time, the future is always uncertain, and who knows what kind of world we’ll be living in ten years down the road?
What if regular states and governments by that point are so weakened by terrorism, both financial and physical, that unity – of minds and of purpose – can only be achieved by DAS or something like it?
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