BREAKING NEWS: Woodland Patchwork, or “The Patch”, a Micronation in Japan Declares Bitcoin their Official Currency

Jesús Cripto
6 years ago
Woodland Patchwork is an enclave and exclave micronation spread out over 10,117 km squared of non-contiguous land in the Japanese Archipelago

Woodland Patchwork “The Patch” is a small micronation declared autonomous from Japan on October 23, 2013 by Hideyuki Yoshida.  Over the last twenty years, Hideyuki Yoshida has laid legal claim to 2.5 million acres of abandoned woodlands.  “The Patch” describes itself as a “sovereign, independent, nature-based, territorial micronation” participating in the “new nation project.”

Currently, only 11 “Woodlanders”, “Woodlander” being the demonym for a resident of Woodland Patchwork, reside within “The Patch.”  They often gather at the first established hamlet in “The Patch,” Yakozue, which is located on the east side of the Hida Mountains in Shinshu.  80% of the land is dense forest while 20% of the land is arable, which is enough to support this fledgling micronation’s food needs.  While no actual nation has given official recognition to the micronation, Woodland Patchwork has made international headlines with their choice of official currency.

Many Bitcoiners, including myself,  thought that the Principality of Sealandia would be the first state entity to recognize Bitcoin as their official currency; unfortunately, they have not yet started using Bitcoin as their official currency.  There are several other potential jurisdictional areas that could be utilizing Bitcoin as their official currency in the coming years.  Edan Yago of Honduras writes about startup cities that may soon become a reality.  Blueseed, a Cruise Ship Startup Community, received a large some of Bitcoin funding directly from the Bitcoin Foundation.  While Woodland Patchwork may not be a micronation targeted at startups specifically, the fact that they have decided to choose Bitcoin as their official currency speaks volume to the penetration of Bitcoin into the minds of forward-thinking individuals.

Maybe Satoshi Nakamoto is one of the 11 “Woodlanders” currently residing in “The Patch.”

Have a cryptic day, mis amigos.

Last modified (UTC): April 20, 2014 18:25

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