Sat. Jan 1st, 2022
    Mr. Freeman, Freeland, Free TON

    Mr. Freeman is the most mysterious character in Runet. He is called a messiah, a prophet, a provocateur, a buffoon, a madman… His creators have released their cryptocurrency and developed a virtual state project. And now they’re taking it to the next level. We tell about the mysteries and transformations of Mr. Freeman, about the free state and its future.

    Let us recall that since April 2021, the virtual state of Freeland is moving to the Free TON Labs platform, and MFCoin coins are exchanged for Free TON crystals. Mr. Freeman’s ideas in social philosophy and the entire ideological springboard of the virtual nation also become part of the Free TON ecosystem.

    Who is Mr. Freeman?

    This monochrome animated character “lives” on YouTube since September 2009.

    Here is the very first video under the number 00 — “Are you sure that you exist?” The main manifesto of the character sounded in it: “I created myself! I’ve put it all under my control!”

    There are thousands or even tens of thousands of comments under each of his video messages. People argue, wonder, analyze, try to find hidden messages… Some hate him, some idolize him — in any case, no one remains indifferent.

    The most popular episode, “Are You a Player?”, gained over 10 million views. “There is one way alone for us to agree amongst ourselves… to finally write some rules ourselves… And that’s when it will start… Our Game!”

    Each episode could be analyzed for hours in search of hidden meanings, metaphors, signs, and Easter eggs. For example, the number 7 (the number seven car, seven steps on the stairs, Freeman’s seven teeth, etc.) often appears in the video. And back in 2014, the channel was releasing a series of short videos with philosophical questions — with an interval of exactly 7 days. This number in itself is considered sacred in many cultures, but the creators of the series may have a special symbolism in it because even the word Freeman itself has seven letters.

    Interestingly, the episodes are numbered, but according to the authors’ idea, they are released not in chronological order. For example, the Mr. Freeman series, part 01 was the sixteenth in a row. According to one of the fan versions, this is no coincidence: if you display 64 episodes as an 8×8 square and put the 25th frame in the cells with the numbers of the released series, which appears for a split second in each of them (except for zero), a puzzle with strange symbols begins to form.

    In his provocative monologues, Mr. Freeman is unceremonious. He speaks in riddles and at the same time directly calls things by their proper names, reveals human vices and acute social problems, literally makes people think with their heads and listen to themselves. But most importantly, calls to become free — from prejudice, ideology, propaganda, stereotypes…

    In some episodes, the character reacts to comments and discussions in the runet of previous episodes, which makes the project essentially an interactive series.

    “You think the cartoon will take to the streets to change your life?”

    Who Is Behind Him?

    Initially, the YouTube series was completely anonymous — making it seem like it appeared on its own. The most attentive viewers noticed that Mr. Freeman speaks in the voice of Frankie from The Frankie Show. But the author of the project, actor Vadim Demchog, assured that he voiced only the first three episodes. And only on December 12, 2012, the creators of Mr. Freeman came out of the shadows.

    Pavel Muntyan, the author of the idea for the character, admits that Mr. Freeman was “born” at a hard time because of the desire to express everything that has accumulated.

    “If someone in the audience has opened their eyes and heart after Mr. Freeman’s monologues (and I know there are some), it means the character has accomplished his task. To begin treatment, you need to understand that you are sick. Globally, society is sick. Everything that happens around only confirms what has been said. But the trend of glossing over problems is a bad sign”, says Pavel.

    According to Pavel Muntyan, the four of them work on the release of the videos, but the character himself lives almost his own life. There is so much subtext in Mr. Freeman’s messages that even his creators themselves read them years later. For example, episode 24 “What Is Your God?” with the key idea that everyone can print their own money, was released in 2011. And the MFCoin cryptocurrency was launched only 6 years later.

    Why Does He Need A Free State?

    In 2017, Freeman announces the creation of the virtual state of Freeland and the MFCoin cryptocurrency. Freeland is a social and financial platform, a self-organizing model in the information field that serves the social and economic relationships between people. This is a kind of experiment, an attempt to create an ideal democracy in the information space, open and transparent. The blockchain became the basis of this design.

    The fundamental principles of Freeland

    This is how the creators of Freeland see some key areas of social relations in the future:

    TodayIn the future
    State“Service company”, which has established a monopoly on services (real estate registration, IE or marriage, road repairs, city greening, etc.). But there is no competition in a monopoly, so the quality of these services does not improve and corruption is rampant.Decentralized community of large service companies, brands that compete for user loyalty and provide quality services.
    Judicial systemIt is based on the human factor. The judge who makes decisions cannot initially be objective.The judicial system can be changed thanks to a neural network. If you “feed” it certain rules and laws and examples of court cases over several hundred years, it will give a completely unbiased verdict with a minimal rate of error.
    SuffrageThe elections are not transparent, falsification is not excluded.A person can entrust his right to vote to a neural network, which will impartially select the most suitable candidate.
    MoneyFinancial transactions at the state level are based on corruption schemes.Internal currency services everything, and smart contracts regulate the transactions themselves, which excludes theft.

    The authors of the project are sure that the existing concept of the state is outdated. Some people feel cramped within existing borders (for example, a Russian citizen lives in Cyprus and works on projects from the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands). And Freeland is an attempt to create a comfortable and safe environment for such people to interact, work and grow.


    So, from an anonymous character breaking stereotypes, in twelve years Mr. Freeman has turned into the mouthpiece of the free state ideology. And to extend Freeland’s virtual borders, its creators turned to Free TON Labs for a partnership.

    Within three months, the full transfer of MFCoin and the ideological base of Freeland to the Free TON platform is planned. This symbolic (Freeman – Freeland – Free TON) merger will simplify the procedure for obtaining virtual citizenship, and in the future, Freeland may become the first officially recognized by the UN state on the territory of the information space.