The CR Whitepaper, written by Interim Council Member Yipeng Su, has just been released.
For those who do not understand the significance of such a paper, it is akin to a nation’s Constitution or Bill of Rights. It is something that will evolve and grow into the principles that we as a decentralized nation abide by—it is the fabrication of our digital existence.
Governance is the topic, and Consensus is the mission.
Here is a summary of the basic elements of the whitepaper, though we highly recommend reading it in completion for your own awareness. (CRC Whitepaper 1.0)
Achieving fair consensus based on an electoral process built on blockchain is no easy feat. It can be considered the third Consensus Mechanism of Cyber Republic–PoW and DPoS being the first two.
Disputes that lead to community division in blockchain is almost par for the course, but they have demonstrated these three common issues:
- One group or entity takes too much control.
- There is difficulty achieving consensus and it results in forks.
- Development can be slow.
In Bitcoin and Ethereum Improvement Proposal mechanisms, core developers carry the most power in decision making, which is not a complete representation of the blockchain community. However, when too much dispersion of responsibility occurs, it is well studied that there is a lack of action or inefficient action even when importance is high: “Too many cooks in the kitchen,” is the common phrase.
CRC, the human part of Consensus, will utilize decentralized technology to its fullest while embracing a system that improves the efficiency of decision making. This is through delegates.
Delegates will be voted in by the community, and these delegates will recommend Proposals and vote on them. This will be the CR Council Members which will number 12 and must verifiably hold and deposit 5,000 ELA. Everything in this process must be recorded publicly on the blockchain and controlled by code.
As for the community, their roles are to vote in elections, run for election if they so choose, submit Proposals to the Council, monitor and impeach unfit Council Members, monitor and object to Proposals passed by the CR Council.
With distributed IDs, voters and Council Members can be authenticated, and yet remain unknown to one another.
This is similar to how DPoS Elections are run.
The CR Council Secretariat is a supportive body to assist with Council decision making, implementation, tracking, and management. The Secretariat will coordinate with Proposal Owners and their messages about Proposal implementation will be tracked on the public blockchain. It will be led by a CR Council Secretary General.
Lastly, to remain sustainable and to continue funding growth, CR must also generate revenue and asset returns over time. The source of CR Community assets come from three primary sources: Donations by community, annual 1.2% increase of ELA, and return on investments from ecosystem projects and foundations.
Assets gained over time will be accessible to each new CR Council which can withdraw 10% of the present Asset Wallet Balance to the Council Expense Address.
Here are other important details about CRC from the WP:
- CR Council Members can be impeached at any time if the community is unsatisfied with them. To impeach a Council Member, 20% of the circulating supply of ELA must vote impeachment.
- Each CR Council Member will operate one of the 12 DPoS Supernodes which do not require voters to be active and to receive rewards. Should their node go inactive, their roles and responsibilities will be suspended until it returns to active status. An illegal status results in the automatic removal of the Council Member and forfeiture of their deposited 5,000 ELA.
- Should less than 2/3rds of available Council Seats be filled, Council Member Elections will be automatically initiated.
- CR Council term will be one year (262,800 blocks), and a month prior to the conclusion of the term, a new CR Council Member Election will automatically initiate.
- Voting power is directly correlated to the ELA held in 1:1 ratio. A single wallet may split their votes however they please.
- ELA used to vote for impeaching a Council Member cannot be reused to impeach another Council Member until the first Council Member has been impeached, though the voting power for impeachment is separate from the voting power for electing. (For example: 11.2 ELA=11.2 electing voting power=11.2 impeachment voting power).
- If transactions cause the wallet’s ELA to fall beneath their used voting power, all votes are automatically cancelled.
- Council Member DPoS rewards will be based on their activity. Failure to vote or impeachment will result in deduction of rewards in proportion to their involvement.
- Proposals will be recorded on the blockchain, and must include specific details as well as fall within certain categories before going through CR Consensus voting. Any community member or Council Member can submit a Proposal, and a Council Member must raise the Proposal to the full Council with a limit of 128 Proposals raised per Council Member during their term.
- A Proposal must be voted on within approximately seven days (5040 blocks) and will be passed with 2/3rds Council Consensus. The seven days following successful passing will be the window in which the community can vote against a Proposal already passed by the Council. 10% of all circulating ELA is needed to veto a Council-passed Proposal.
- Should a Proposal Owner need changing, the Proposal Owner can pass on ownership with the help of the Secretariat to a new candidate owner in a three-party multiple signature transaction.
- Funding may be conducted in several installments and will be managed between the Proposal Owner and Secretariat if small, and if large, through separate Proposals between the Council, Secretariat, and Proposal Owner.
- The completion of a Proposal must be signed by the Secretariat and Proposal owner, but should a Proposal need modification, it may be terminated and re-approved through a normal CRC Proposal process.
We hope this summary was useful to the community. Remember, however, that reading the full WP and discussing it is incredibly important as we are at the ground floor of a new Cyber Republic.