Vanuatu offers citizenship for 44 BTC

A Pacific island nation, the Republic of Vanuatu, is now accepting Bitcoins for citizenship and passports
10 October

A Pacific island nation, the Republic of Vanuatu, officially offers the opportunity to become a citizen of the country (during its citizenship-by-investment program) in less than 44 Bitcoins ($200,000).

Vanuatu Information Centre
an image from Vanuatu Information Centre

According to the press release,the Vanuatu Information Center is authorized by the government to process applications.

Thus, through the citizenship-by-investment program, approved applicants paying the $280,000 fee receive citizenship as well as Vanuatu passports for themselves and up to three members of their immediate family.

Geoffrey Bond, Member of Parliament Hon. Andrew Solomon Napuat, confirmed that the Vanuatu government supports the move to receive payments in Bitcoin. The man detailed that “all Bitcoin transactions will be run through the partner’s Australian Exchange and meet with the normal compliance requirements imposed by the Australian Financial Regulator.”

Yet, Vanuatu is not the only country to offer a citizenship-by-investment service. Its competitors in this field include Turkey, Malta, Cyprus, Dominica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada.

Samourai Wallet: SegWit2x is an attack on the network

Another Bitcoin-related company expressed its position regrading upcoming SegWit2x
18 October

Samourai Wallet team said that the SegWit2x is a controversial and unnecessary change in the current rules of the network and it is the attempt of a small group of players to take control over the development of the open code of bitcoin. This is stated in the official blog of the company.

As noted in the statement, Samourai Wallet supports the development of open source code by the Bitcoin Core team, which, according to company representatives, timely introduces all the necessary updates. In this regard, the service will support the longest chain of blocks, compatible with Bitcoin Core 0.15 nodes.

The S2X hard fork is particularly troubling as the development team have NOT added an important safeguard known as ‘replay protection’ to their software. Without replay protection any transaction sent on either of the chains may also be sent on the other chain (‘replayed’), leading to the high potential of users losing funds. Because of the willful insistence by the developer(s) to not add replay protection, we are classifying this hard fork as an attack on the network.
 

Samourai Wallet team

In this regard, the service will offer additional measures to protect against repetitive playback in the case of hard-core.

It is also stressed that Samourai Wallet will not provide users with access to the equivalent number of S2X tokens, and will offer to convert them to BTC at the market price.