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Catawba Digital Special Economic Zone (CDEZ)

innovation in governance, described by Tom W. Bell

The essential story is this (second paragraph of Bell's paper):

The Catawba once thrived as warriors, hunters, farmers, craftspeople (specializing in pottery and baskets), and traders. Then, the Europeans came. The territory and population of the Catawba shrank as those of the United States grew. The Catawba suffered devastating epidemics, dispersion to other tribes and distant regions, abject poverty, and knavery and neglect by colonial, state, and federal governments. They never gave up, though. The Catawba rewon their standing as a sovereign nation and now aim to expand into an entirely new kind of territory-a place where digital assets, e-banks, crypto-currencies, non-fungible tokens, and other fintech innovations roam free. In that virtual wilderness, where the power of terrestrial sovereigns falters, the Catawba Indian Nation have established a trading post they call the Catawba Digital Economic Zone (CDEZ).

The complete paper: Journal of Special Jurisdictions
The Catawba Digital Economic Zone: A Native American SEZ
Prof. Tom W. Bell
Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
ORCID 0000-0001-6693-7216
The Zone Authority: The entity in charge of creating and enforcing regulations within the Catawba Digital Economic Zone (CDEZ)

Once there was no financial power in Texas. Then Spindletop changed everything. Is it conceivable that something like newly won sovereignty for special zones hosted by American Indian Tribes might be a socio-economic Spindletop? Out of nowhere, from ashes long thought to be cold and forgotten, comes a Phoenix? -ls

Your Next Government: From the Nation State to the Stateless Nation
Tom W. Bell, Cambridge University Press, 2017
About the book
May 15, 2023

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