The Freeland virtual state is now actively integrating with the Free TON blockchain platform. On August 2, the exchange of MFCoin for TON Crystal was completed. The day before, during the swap, we talked to the animation producer Pavel Muntyan, co-founder of Freeland and author of the idea of the famous character named Mr. Freeman, and found out about the details of the merger process, plans, and impressions about Free TON.
Freeland And Free TON
- Tell us, how is the merger with Free TON going now?
We expected about 50% of existing coins to take part in the swap — hardly more. We were sure that there are a lot of “sleeping accounts”. But we were pleasantly surprised – there are almost no “sleepers”!
Freeland development teams are constantly sending me plans to integrate their services with Free TON. Some have already completely dived into the new blockchain and perfectly integrated, while others are just planning. But the most interesting thing is that the active audience has already begun to come up with various practical solutions on the Free TON platform.
We are also planning to create Freeland Sub-Governance inside the Free TON.
Of course, it is a little frustrating that some active developers do not want to continue working on the new platform and generally leave this area. But there aren’t many of them. More of those who have rebuilt and are successfully integrating.
- What role does ton.mfcoin.net play in the merger process?
This site is a swap point where people burn their MFCoin and exchange them for TON Crystal. As far as I know, over 71% of MFCoin has already been burned (by the end of August 2, the exchange amounted to over 80% of tokens — editor’s note). Only the exchanges that started to exchange tokens on July 15 remained.
Interestingly, even people who are not very well versed in cryptocurrency began to switch to Free TON. For example, some members once supported us in crowdfunding (we collected donations for Freeman’s Ode series in exchange for our coin). Many of them haven’t used tokens for 600-900 days! And suddenly they exchange MFCoin for crystals. So, they figured out how it works, created themselves a Free TON wallet, found the time and opportunity to do it. I think it’s pretty cool!
- Freeland is a topic of great interest — it is actively discussed in the community, in Free TON chats. Can you tell us where we can get operational information on the project?
We have a chat (65 participants from Free TON and Freeland) where we discuss how to migrate all Freeland services to the Free TON blockchain. Unfortunately, at the moment, the information on our website is not always updated on time. After the restructuring, things will look a little different.
I like the way the Free TON is covered: the community selects, writes, and produces materials every day. I hope that people from our community will join the Free TON journalistic media community so that there will always be fresh information about Freeland.
- Cooperation with Free TON has been going on for two months now. Share your impressions about the network and the community in general.
Free TON has a very powerful core and fantastic technical capabilities. On the other hand, the part of the community that is developing all this infrastructure is in many ways amateurs. Guys are going by feel, because there is no proper documentation, and what there is — outdated.
or example, I have a question why there are several Chrome extensions for web3 login to Free TON sites that don’t correlate with each other. For each site, you have to install its special extension. On Ether, for example, there is quite a universal product — Metamask. Here I have to have, say, three wallets just to log in to three sites…
The answer of the project’s globals is very peculiar: “Because that’s how competition works: what survives, survives”. Undoubtedly, the community itself in a natural evolutionary way will determine what will live and what will not. On the one hand, this is a good thing. But on the other hand, this somewhat slows down development — without partial cultivation and media support, evolutionary processes are slower.
Maybe I’m wrong. Ten years ago Satoshi Nakamoto did not create any media background around Bitcoin at all. But through the natural evolution of software solutions, the introduction of various services, etc., a very powerful infrastructure has been formed, which today pushes itself forward, regulations and generally accepted mechanics have appeared. Of course, if the same thing happens in Free TON, it will be great. But I wish it didn’t take 10 years.
- Are there any difficulties in the development of Free TON that you notice?
People in the Free TON community really appreciate what they “dug up”: when there is no proper technical documentation, you have to “dig”, go by feel, and experiment. And when you succeed, when you find a solution, you clearly understand that you are now worth a lot more in the marketplace.
For example, for our other product, we need to develop dApps. I’ve never seen such prices for writing code! One freelancer asks for 2-3 weeks of work as much as in another area it was possible to order a large, serious software project! You’re surprised, then you go somewhere on Habr and you see everyone has that price tag. Because they figured it out, found effective solutions, and know what an incredible demand is out there today. If you don’t like it, please figure it out yourself. Now in Free TON the same thing: the one who figured it out is the coolest. But after a while there will be more developers, there will be documentation, there will be a lot of code, etc. It will become much easier.
- You said that the community has already contacted you with proposals on specific cases. Can you tell us anything about any of them already, are there any working ones?
For example, registration of inventions, trademarks, signs, logos, and others on the blockchain. Patent structures, such as the Russian Authors’ Society (RAO) or Rospatent, are, first of all, very expensive, and secondly, it takes infinitely longer! And crypto-solutions make everything very simple. And we have people who want to make a similar service. There are also those who need such a tool. For example, Mark Izotov, the engineer with whom we are working on the creation of the first light-based processor, simply needs such a solution. And he’s not the only one.
- And the patent itself, even on the Free TON blockchain, to what extent will it be recognized?
If blockchain is recognized as decentralized and this is officially confirmed (and such a service is completely tied to decentralized nodes), then, for example, in the New York court such a case will already be considered. It’s a huge money and time saver. By the way, this is one of the crypto-solutions that, with a high degree of probability, humanity will accept and recognize.
Show Me Your Passport, Please
- How many people from the Free TON community have already received Freeland passports?
So far, none from the Free TON community. Globally, 15 physical passports were issued. There are also Freeland citizens who applied and passed KYC, received permanent residency status, but did not receive a passport. First of all, because of the high price of the document.
- And can you give us a price?
Initially, a passport cost $17,000. Then the cost began to go down, because the number of applicants increased, and we started to print documents not by piece, but in blocks of four. Then by six each. Now, the price for a Freeland passport is “floating” around $4,000.
Already today, within the Free TON and Freeland communities there is a question: if there are, for example, a thousand people, will they be able to get passports for 350-400 USD? Oddly enough, the answer is yes, it is possible! That’s why it was necessary to unite and make such a case. And we, together with Grandbazar, are preparing this story to launch. For now, the release is scheduled for September.
- Do you have a passport?
Yes, I have.
- So the Free TON community is interested, and Freeland will actively grow?
I like to think so. But some people, of course, have doubts: do they need it? The reason is simple: we immediately announce to everyone that it is not anonymous. You have to go through a full KYC, show your real documents, be an actual person, etc. After all, this is not some kind of game model, but a big sociocultural experiment. We are responsible for those to whom we issue passports. They are citizens, we are representatives of an extraterritorial state. Moreover, when the number of Freeland citizens reaches over 10,000, we plan to apply for official recognition at the UN. And it is possible that this case will be successful.
To take part in any social experiment, you need to take on civil and legal responsibility, which not everyone wants to take on. And if a person does not want to conduct such an experiment, then it turns out that he bought an expensive thing — but for what purpose? To show their friends? We want people not just to show their passports to their friends, but to break artificially created fences and restrictions, many of which are outdated and archaic, and poorly applicable in the modern world. We want Freeland experimenters to check into hotels, rent vehicles, cross state borders, and receive visas with these documents.
- It is amazing. That is, you can cross the state border with this passport?
Yes, Sergey Solonin, for example, traveled around the world. He determined in advance with his lawyers which countries to enter with our passport, and which should not. As a Freeland citizen, he ended up crossing nine countries and getting two visas in his passport. On Sergey’s Instagram page there is a video where he is in Kenya, he just left the airport, shows a stamp, and says: “Here, it went well”.
I understand that Kenya, Tanzania, and some South American countries are not the first states, but at least they are precedents. Plus, he was visiting countries where there are no visa restrictions for any passports.
- It will be really interesting. That way the community members will understand that this is a working thing.
The more people involved in this story, the more social weight it will carry, because the number of precedents will grow.
By the way, I rented a car in Poland with this passport. They contacted their security service — trying to figure out what it is. Then they scanned the document, noted that I have citizenship of “XXX”, but they gave me the car. In Warsaw, Romania, I settled in hotels without problems — they also noted the citizenship of “XXX” and did not ask any questions.