Catalunya 2.0: Virtual Voluntary Nations instead of Bloody Ballot Boxes

By Erik Vollstädt


The recent referendum in the region of Catalunya (Spain) has received international attention, but did not lead to more freedoms for the participating Catalans who tried to claim their independence from the Spanish government. On the contrary, the indepentistas have endured a violent bloodshed caused by the Spanish national police in order to defend their ballot boxes. There might be another option for them to achieve self-sovereignty: Enter Pangea.



The video above pictures the feelings of the people of Catalunya on the day of the referendum, October 1st, 2017. The have managed to save about 2.2 million votes of which 90% have voted for “Si” (Yes for the independence). About one million votes have been either confiscated or destroyed by the national police sent by the Spanish government. The total population apt for participation was about 5 million based on the last census. As the government in Madrid told “No” voters not to participate, the uncounted or destroyed votes are most likely to be 90% pro-independence. Do the math. If you are to live by democratic rules, Catalunya would have had a majority to succeed with the secession from the Spanish nation-state.


We have seen that traditional democratic measures lead to no satisfactory end for all participants. Not just the Catalans, all of Spain is suffering from the corrupt system. Moreover, democracy with a monopoly on power is doomed to lead to a competition of crooks rallying for the throne. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. Expecting every 4 years for a new government to change things for the better is no exception from that rule. Bitnation is here to break that perpetual cycle of self-enslavement by offering a non-geographic alternative for opting-out from this system.


In our Live Broadcast “Exit through the Ether with Pangea” we tried to depict possible alternatives for Catalans to claim their independence from Madrid without waiting for anyone’s permission. Catalans could much rather design their ideal version of a DBVN (decentralized, borderless, voluntary nation) built on top of the Pangea infrastructure. The concept is to offer governance services voluntarily based on a mesh network and blockchain technology. Catalans may choose between different virtual “Catalunyas” to offer them services instead of paying the Spanish government. Instead of waiting for another corrupt government to give them a feeling of independence, they could practice true self-sovereignty by choosing their governance service providers on a free market of DBVNs.



In our first two shows of “Exit through the Ether with Pangea” we discussed with two locals on how they could design their ideal Catalunya 2.0 – with different backgrounds, political convictions as well as social and economic perceptions. Ideally more people will pick up on this notion and use the manual to start thinking about how a post-independence Catalunya could look like. Once Pangea is ready to go, these DBVNs will be put to work through smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain and execute whatever the founders have devised. Even if no one will eventually use these new DBVNs, thinking about what kind of governance services need to be provided is of utmost importance for the indepentistas as many of them don’t seem to have a clear vision of what the future should look like. This uncertainty may give rise to mob rule or the rise of the crooks.


Feel free to propose your own claim for self-sovereignty. Send an email to [email protected] and we will transmit your ambitions to the world. Stay tuned for more episodes of “Exit through the Ether with Pangea.


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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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    Pablo B.N.


    A situation in Catalonia is complicated. I am totally in favor of a 2.0 catalonia in Pangea! I hope that it helps to end, not only to the scenes seen on October 1, 2017, but also to the “silent violence” of the independentists towards what they are not.


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