Joachim de Koning: ‘Decentralization can be a tool to work parallel to centralization’

Some of us — writers, TV recappers, viral content muckrakers— will admit that we pretty much live online.

Others, however, are actually building realms that (mostly,but not necessarily) exist online and can be bolted onto our present realities,complete with wholly novel governance structures and economies.

Joachim de Koning falls into the latter camp. His ongoingproject, The Lands ofSheraga, is an abstract conglomerate nation whose “governments forman aerocratic meta-structure.”

We reached out to de Koning to learn more about his work.

Cointelegraph: Youare spending a lot of your free time building The Lands of Sheraga. What is a“free and open-source nation,” and who is it for?

Joachim de Koning:A free and open-source nation is a large group of people that openly developsand shares cultural values with the goal to increase freedom for all.

Freedom may refer to a great number of things — liberty,rights, moral responsibility, self-determination or autonomy, just to name afew. In all aspects in which freedom can be understood, we try to find abalance to protect freedom for everyone in the Lands.

The Lands of Sheraga are for people who want to partake in adecentralized form of society. We believe that decentralization can be a toolto work parallel to centralization, to offer people freedom of choice. Increasingfreedom empowers people.

CT: What are yourlong-term plans for The Lands of Sheraga? How do cryptocurrencies such asBitcoin or Litecoin factor in?

JK: Long term, myplans are for the Lands to expand in a decentralized way. Right now we have twolands: Ghelderun located in the Netherlands, and Issara in Thailand. There istrade between these realms, and we make use of cryptocurrencies to run ourdecentralized economies.

CT: How can ourreaders join or otherwise take part in The Lands of Sheraga?

JK: By startingtheir own local realm. The Lands of Sheraga find a common ground in the ethicalvalues of the Sheragan charter. The self-sustainability of a realm is animportant aspect, as well as its connection with its social surroundings. Thisgives it potential to flourish. However, there is no set ruleset for thegovernance of a realm. I hope to see many creative forms of decentralizedmicrogovernance develop.

CT: You useBitmessage and have spoken about it. Besides money and information transfer,what other kinds peer-to-peer protocols or technologies modeled on Bitcoin doyou think we will see emerge in the near future?

JK: Envisioningthe future, I think drones and robotics will play a very important role inpeer-to-peer production. Also, virtual presence technologies coupled to theserobotics, which will enable people to work together even though they are onopposite sides of the globe. I think blockchain technology will be used to makeit possible for these devices to autonomously put themselves up for hire usingautomated contracts. Besides this, I hope to see humanitarian work make use ofblockchains to document the history of human rights, so these can be storedimmutable for later reference.

CT: What are someprojects involving decentralization or cryptocurrencies that you have seen orhave worked on recently that you are excited about?

JK: Recently, Ihave been working on setting up an alternative form of exchange. This projectis still in the pipeline. Besides that, Ethereum is a project I am excitedabout, especially when it comes to running contracts on its blockchain. Howwill this work out in practice? I think this is something many people arewondering about, and I know people are going to find a good use for thissystem. In the coming weeks, I will be working with a team on a wallet solutionfor cryptocurrencies. I'd like to see how we can make the use of cryptocurrencyas easy as possible for people who know nothing about it.