Learn Blockchain - Decentralisation Explained From a Lay Perspective
Created on: November 05, 2018
Updated on: January 06, 2019
Imagine that you are the ruler of an empire in a faraway land on this planet in a kingdom called Caucasia and you are the absolute ruler of this land.
A long time ago you sat down with a group of your close associates and you all drafted a book of guidelines or laws as we now know them as.
This large empire was started in Vladivostok by the north Asian people and we now rule over the biggest continent on this earth which is Eurasia.
Caucasia has thousands of local government authorities spread out across the continent and the United Kingdom & Ireland are the last vassal states in Western Europe.
The way it works is that we collect a tiny proportion of local taxes, through the council tax most of the funding is provided via a block grant. We need to remember though that councils could never be self-funding because we have set up this illusion.
We control each and every aspect of our councils, if a council tries to break away and go against us we will cut their funding. And if we decide to inflict austerity we will cut their funding and they will become insolvent.
We set up these local government authorities to create an illusion that the states we are locally accountable when in fact the reverse is true.
The entire operation is managed in Vladivostok in a locality called Black Hall. There is a large database here and it contains a wide array of databases and servers that are managed by a sophisticated security team to keep us safe.
Shoshone is based in the Americas and we don’t have a capital at all, we used to have one and we decided that there was too much corruption going on and we collectively abolished it. We don’t like to call ourselves an empire, even though we are one.
Right now, we are a loosely grouped bunch of states that have autonomy and this means that we set our own laws. We have a large collection of states and each state has a governor and a cabinet and we collectively appoint our president.
We collect our taxes locally and spend them locally and our local authorities are responsible for administering and maintaining our databases. Our philosophy here is to make sure that our data is copied and spread across 4 localities within our state.
One of the major benefits of this is that if we have an attack from the outside world then we would only lose the data in that location. If our system is attacked we can be sure that we can restore a backup from elsewhere across the state.
Caucasia and Shoshone want to go to war so that one of them can control the vast oil reserves in eastern Caucasia. However, there is a vulnerability in one of the empires that could have a devastating impact.
Caucasia is very centralised and this means that in the event of an attack it doesn’t have the capability to regenerate itself in the event of an attack.
If these empires do go to war I am sure that Shoshone has the capability of defeating Caucasia and this is because they do not have the capacity of restoring the data that will be lost in the event of an outage.
If we were to compare the 2 empires we can safely say that the blockchain is based on the infrastructure that was built by Shoshone and this #decentralised business model is one of the most enduring aspects of the new #technology.
These two empires have built their web development services architectures in their own unique way and this took decades to build.
We need to think very carefully about the way in which we architect the #infrastructure within our organisations and we need to build #resilience and #security from the outset, if we don’t then we can’t blame others for our own mishaps.
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