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    Some regulators are going as far as to make their own cryptocurrencies, is this a viable option?

Can State-Backed Cryptocurrencies Work, Are They the Answer?
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When Russia firstly banned access to cryptocurrency exchanges and then announced that they would be launching a state-backed cryptocurrency called the Crypto Rubel, most were very suspicious and dubious.

But the trend is growing. Venezuela is ahead in the race of these state-backed coins, having launched a pre-sale of the Petro, an oil-pegged cryptocurrency launched by the government.

Now, even the Turkish government is mulling over perhaps building their own state-backed cryptocurrency as a way to maintain regulation and control over the burgeoning Blockchain and crypto space.

However, is this not an oxymoronic term, a state-backed’ and therefore centralized, cryptocurrency. One of the biggest appeals of cryptocurrencies is that they are decentralized and absent from control, but perhaps to fit in, this needs to change?

The issue with decentralization and centralization

Decentralization, when Bitcoin was still being discussed on cryptography forums with hushed anarchistic and liberal tones, was the shining light of possibility for the cryptocurrency. Financial freedom and the power to cut loose from the monopoly that had been built by central banks and governments.

It is also one of the major factors as to why those same banks and governments have feared Bitcoin, knowing that it has the potential to be a true competitor. However, it must be stated, that there is still a long way to go for Bitcoin or any other coin, to make banks and fiat currency obsolete.

However, cryptocurrencies have emerged from the shadows somewhat in recent times, gaining a huge amount of momentum and mainstream appeal. This has lead to regulators being forced to act and to do their job.

Some regulators are going with a hard-line approach, such as China with its blanket bans, others are curious but want it to fit into current legislation, which is problematic as a decentralized platform is hard to control. But overall, most regulators and nations want to encourage cryptocurrencies and especially Blockchain.

State-backed

In light of this keenness to see Blockchain thrive it is understandable why governments believe that a state-backed coin can be the answer. They are happy to see Blockchain thrive, and as such, cryptocurrencies, and also believe that they can regulate to their standards if they are the ones in charge of the new cryptocurrency.

However, it is good in theory but possibly won’t work. Already, the Petro is getting a lot of pushback and criticism, and now, the Russian Crypto Rubel is being touted as a potential non-starter.

The creation of a centralized coin, like the CryptoRuble, seems impossible, as cryptocurrencies are based on decentralized ledgers, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told President Putin, according to Russian media.  

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Regardless of the need for a balance between the crypto community, which is after decentralization, and the regulators, who need control, the idea of a state-backed coin, a centralized one, is a little too weighted to the regulators.

What is more needed is a positive regulatory body that maintains decentralization, but also holds cryptocurrencies under the legislative blanket of the country

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Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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Ripple has once once again asked a federal court to dismiss the pending class-action lawsuit over selling illegal securities, a new court filing shows.

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The company reiterates the same "statue of repose" argument, which means that the plaintiffs failed to meet a legal deadline for filing the suit. Ripple started selling XRP to retail investors back in 2013, which means that it was way too late to bring legal actions against it back in summer 2018 after a bar to a lawsuit was imposed in 2016.    

The blockchain behemoth also continues to insist that XRP is not a security, but it called this issue "irrelevant" to their latest motion, which is why it didn't address this point in-depth. It's not the first time that Ripple tries to dodge the big question that is the cornerstone of the long-lasting legal battle. 

"XRP is not a security, but that is irrelevant for purposes of this motion. Even if XRP were a security, Plaintiff's claims still fail as a matter of law,” the filing said.   

Ripple's previous attempt to throw the suit out of the court didn't bode well. As reported by U.Today, Bradley Sostack, the leading plaintiff in the ongoing case, believes that the defendants are still liable for selling illegal securities. The parties are expected to duke it out in court in January 2020.  

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