Community reunion: your vision for Aragon

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Hello everyone,

When I joined Aragon as a full time contributor a few months ago, I had the opportunity to chat with many community members on calls. Asking them about their vision for Aragon, it was clear that most had deep personal wishes about the role Aragon would play in this world. From the founders to the newest community members.

I feel that now could be a good time to share and revisit our personal desires for the future of Aragon. As we progress in developing Aragon altogether, it is important to remain on the same page and to unite around a common narrative :eagle:


The Aragon Manifesto is about the present. It shows the heart and soul of Aragon. It shows what the daily intentions of its community are:

  • Defending self-sovereignty
  • Enforcing non-violence
  • Decentralizating governance for a fairer distribution of power and resources
  • Focusing on the long-term
  • Providing access to freedom by leveraging technology

(Above is an subjective summary)

The Manifesto is a high level statement that affirms our mission, values and commitments. It is directed at each of us, but mainly at the rest of the world.


Vision is related to the values outlined in the Manifesto but it isn’t exactly the same thing. It is directed at -us- close contributors first. It is future oriented and starts from the actual state of the project. It is the common narrative that we share and cherish for Aragon.

So, here we go!

What is your 20 year vision for Aragon? Bonus: how will we get there in a few steps (in 2,5,10 years)?

It would be awesome to have you answer these two questions in the thread below in order to sync as a community on where we are heading! Please be concise and make room for each other (limit yourself to one post).

Past and current whitepapers might be a good source of inspiration, but best is to be personal and creative :smiley:

Note 1 - Some of the materials posted here migh be used in the subsequent strategy discussions happening in the Strategy Working Group.
Note 2 - All the above is personal, subjective opinions. If you want to make valuable modifications to the original post in order to better frame the discussion, please ping me.

Happy to kick start this and share mine :slight_smile:

The long term vision:

“Become the best jurisdiction for a global population who choose to adopt Aragon to empower their lives.”

How we get there:

Next 2 years

Phase 1: Focus resources on a single product that delivers most valuation uplift to ANT. This flagship product would likely be Aragon Court. A global legal framework that can be updated quickly and democratically is commercially appealing to a wide user base across every industry (B2C and B2) and also holds true to the original promised deliverable of the Aragon whitepaper.

Creating valuation uplift in ANT is critically important for the ability to raise further capital and execute the following phases.

Phase 2: Create a premium service of the Aragon platform, for example through priority support, that will enable Aragon to generate revenue which can be perpetually re-invested in the growth of the Aragon ecosystem - for example by funding 3rd party applications. More importantly, the ability to generate profits would attract many more teams to build native applications on the Aragon platform without being dependent upon Aragon grants.

2.1 million apps have been developed for the Apple app store, not because they got funded by Apple but because of the development teams’ pursuit of profits.

Next 20 years

Phase 3: Embed services into Aragon such as pension contributions, maternity protection and unemployment benefits that will give people that work for Aragon DAOs a safety net that is not just comparable, but better than what their current jurisdictions offer.

Access to such services can be opt-in in return for paying an Aragon tax.

Phase 4: Convince governments at regional and national levels to use Aragon for their departmental and public voting software.

Phase 5: Convince a single country (a very small one to start off with) to adopt the Aragon legal framework as a replacement for their own legislation and juridical system.

If the legislation and judicial system is fairer and more efficient than theirs, there is a compelling case for the majority of their citizens to want to adopt it and vote it in.

The fight for freedom doesn’t stop in the digital world! Having a physical jurisdiction, or ideally multiple physical jurisdictions, adopt Aragon’s legal framework is important for the long-term wellbeing of Aragonians. We all need shelter, food and human contact - none of which can be replicated in the digital world. We must therefore strive to bring the Aragon legal framework to as many countries as possible, ideally close to Aragonian’s own families and human networks. Moreover, Aragonians that need to escape totalitarian regimes, or nation states that adopt increasingly negative and protectionist stances towards transacting in on-chain assets, need safe zones that they can relocate to should they need to.

Another benefit from having a country adopt Aragon as it’s legal framework is the ability to more effectively leverage double tax treaties with other jurisdictions around the world, helping Aragonians avoid double taxation.

Phase 6: This last one is not really a phase, but more of a desired end goal. I view wealth inequality as the single largest problem in the world today. But wealth inequality and the associated misallocation of resources that comes with it is not the root cause of the problem - this would be ineffective governance. Whilst better resource allocation can fix the bulk of the world’s problems, the only way to solve resource allocation on a global scale is global tax coordination and global governance. Without this, we will never solve mass wealth inequality or tax avoidance and the gross misallocation of resources will persist. Solving governance on a global scale is therefore the key to solving virtually every major problem that exists in the world today.


for me Aragon is a community owned DAO tool kit. Aragon will build tools which empower communities to work efficient together in a transparent inclusive way. It will enable the collaboration of DAOs to create super/mega DAOs which will create digital nations. Aragon will push the world to a more transparent, fair and efficient way of living and working together.


@LouisGrx First, thank you for starting this discussion! It’s really important that everyone is on the same page and driving towards a shared vision together :slight_smile:


A global decentralized permission-less substrate for human coordination and cooperation.

We need to build something people want. We can do this by solving people’s problems. Everything the Aragon does should be focused around building a platform that people want to use to solve their governance problems. Nothing else matters.

2 Year Plan

How can anyone, anywhere, communicate and collaborate freely towards shared goals? Aragon. How can Aragon become an unstoppable force in the world? We need to become self sufficient. How do we become self sufficient? We need to create intelligent incentive models for all parties involved so that our current and future resources are directed at the most high leverage opportunities.

Here’s what might us get there, in order of operations and importance:

  • Find product market fit
  • Drive value to ANT
  • Empower 3rd party entrepreneurs to build on Aragon
  • Optimize Aragon governance

Product Market Fit

Product/market fit is the foundation of any successful venture. This is easier said than done. If we don’t have product/market fit, nothing else matters. If we do have product market fit, we can scale and do cool things.

As I see it, Aragon exists to solve people’s governance problems. Aragon allows anyone anywhere to freely organize, collaborate, make decisions, create value, manage funds, and reward contributors. Soon Aragon will allow us to do a lot more.

This is great, but it’s not enough. We have to find people who have those problems, and we need to see if they actually want the solutions that Aragon provides. Lucky for us, there’s lots of humans who have difficulty making decisions in groups! (yay monkeys)

First we need to understand the problem we’re trying to solve. We need to really understand it. It should be burning in our minds night and day. This will act as a north start to guide all decision making.

Second, we need to find people who have that problem. Rememver, lots of humans have problems making decisions in groups. Our challenge is to find the subset of these people who have that problem, every day, ideally multiple times a day, and who have the problem so badly that they’re willing to use clunky blockchain tech to solve it. This does not mean we need to punt and find people who are already comfortable with blockchain technology! We need to find people who have such bad governance problems that they’re willing to put up clunky tools to solve their problems. Then, we need to find the subset of those people who are actually willing to buy ANT to solve that problem.

Third, we need to make it as easy, engaging, and painless as possible for those people to use Aragon, and thus buy ANT. Then we’ll actually be free. Then we’ll actually be creating value in the world. We’ll actually have created something that is more valuable to people than money. In the process we will empower a substrate for human coordination at scale. That’s a big deal.

ANT Value

In addition to protecting the core feature of ANT (governance), Aragon needs to make ANT more broadly useful. This can be accomplished via the Aragon Court, Arachain, and many more soon to be discovered things. All of these Aragon services need drive value to ANT. If you want access to the Aragon Universe as a user or service provider, just buy ANT… This simplifies the UX for all parties involved.

To make this possible, we need to build out and support the Aragon services already in the pipeline (Court and Arachain). We should also be regularly supporting small experiments (CFDAO and Nest) to find new services that can drive value to Aragon.

3rd Party Entrepreneurs

When young ambitious entrepreneurs ask where to focus their energy there should only be one answer: Aragon. DAOs enable a new types of companies, projects, and business models. There is vast amounts of untapped potential in this space. We need to make it obvious that ambitious and intelligent founders should build their next billion dollar idea on the Aragon platform.

There’s a few problems here. The first is platform risk. If you build a business on Twitter or Facebook as a service provider, the platform can change the terms of service any time. You have no voice. Aragon is different. Aragon, as described in AGP-0, empowers all stakeholders to engage in governance of the shared commons. By building on a decentralized organization entrepreneurs can not only benefit from a global network on day 1, but they can contribute to shaping that network. This is huge.

The next problem is bootstrapping. Ambitious new ideas are hard. They take lots of time and energy. It’s very difficult to do this work if you’re only working nights and weekends. Aragon can help by providing activation energy to help projects get started. This should be clearly earmarked for what it is: activation energy. Projects need to build something people want and have a clear path to reach those users. It’s essential that Aragon teams receive value back for value they provide (positive cash flows). We need to create frameworks and templates to help teams understand the current sustainability models in open source as well as new models enabled by DAOs.

If teams manage to build things people will pay for, then Aragon could start to participate in the upside of these projects. This is essentially the model of most startup incubators. If this model is successful, then it can be replicated. VCs could fund projects on Aragon and participate in the positive token appreciation or positive cash flows of those DAOs. An ecosystem of 3rd party investors and 3rd party incubators would take a huge burden off of the AA and Nest program.

The first step towards this vision is redesigning the Nest and Flock programs. Currently teams are encouraged to seek money from Aragon and have no path towards self sufficiency. We need to change the focus and incentives of these programs. Flock and Nest should exist to support Aragon vs Aragon supporting them. This might look like creating more guidelines and focus around what the Flock program is and/or moving projects bundled into Flock proposals into the Nest pipeline to provide more accountability and focus.

The next step is to create DAO business model strategies for Aragon DAOs and teams. This will provide a path towards self sufficiency so that teams can start to build things people want and generate positive cash flows.

After that we need to engage in business development and sales initiatives to get talented teams to build on the Aragon platform. There’s no way that Aragon can become unstoppable or self sufficient if the core Aragon teams are doing everything. We need a 3rd party ecosystem of entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors. We built Aragon, but they did not come. We have to go get them. We need to build strategic relationships with 3rd parties to better understand how to improve the Aragon platform so that entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors will actually want to be part of Aragon.

Aragon Governance

Governance is non-trivial. Successful governance models, whether traditional or crypto-economic, are few and far between. Historically, the ones that have succeeded have been simple. Aragon is complex. We need to design robust incentive mechanisms that align interests for all stakeholders on the Aragon network: users, service providers, and investors. Everyone needs to be driving towards a shared goal: a better Aragon and a better world. Successful execution on this shared vision will enhance utility for users, revenues for service providers, and returns for investors. How do these stake holders come to consensus on how to make this happen? They vote! Every Aragon network participant needs to be able to contribute to in Aragon Network Votes (ANV).

To make this possible, the process of engaging in ANVs needs to be easy. Aragon governance needs to be easy to understand (docs and knowledge graphs), easy to participate in (optimizing AGP UX), and easy to execute (Voting app UI/UX).

2 Year Plan Summary

With this vision, Aragon might evolve to look something like this:

Core layer separation of powers:

  • AA supports the Aragon platform and community (AGP-0 driven design, Nest, biz dev)
  • ANT holders approve Aragon laws
  • The Court interprets and enforces those laws

Aragon platform stakeholders:

  • Product teams building Aragon apps and services (open enterprise, fundraising, dandelion, court, arachain, flora, etc…)
  • Service teams providing Aragon related services (arachain validation, juror services, premium support services for dao templates, DAO SaaS products, etc…)
  • Community members discussing stuff and signalling preferences (aragon forum)

There’s overlap between all these stakeholders and they should all be able to engage in Aragon Network Votes. If we can create a solid substrate for human cooperation at scale via the Aragon platform, then independent products and services can be built on top. We can support and bootstrap a few of these products and services via the Nest program. The goal, however, should be to create an environment where teams can create viable businesses on Aragon. Then we can engage in business development and sales efforts to recruit more entrepreneurs to the platform. These products and services will make it easier and better for more people to build on Aragon. This create network effects, making Aragon an unstoppable force in the world.

Longer Term Plan

If Aragon succeeds, there’s a higher likelihood that humanity will succeed. The concrete strategies and tactics we implement to get there, however, will certainly evolve over time. Our core values will not. As long as decision making is guided by the vision outlined in AGP-0 we will stay on track. This is why governance that empowers and represents all Aragon stakeholders is so essential.


Edit: After a bit more reflection I wanted to refine my original post and share a bit more about where I would like to see Aragon go and what the path might be to get there.

I see Aragon as a network and as a community, not as a single entity or firm.

My vision is for Aragon to evolve into a much larger community, a thriving bazaar of ideas and innovation that massively changes how humans collaborate both on micro and macro scales.

I want people to be free to join the Aragon community and leave whenever they wish, but I hope they find it a welcoming place and they choose to stay and contribute and ultimately develop a sense of belonging here.

In the short term the Aragon Community must navigate many unknowns and surmount significant obstacles. How do we continue to fund open source tools which are fundamentally public goods? How do we allocate our scare resources and attention efficiently? How do attract missionaries rather than mercenaries? How do we find product market fit? What even is our product?

Because Aragon is not a firm, it doesn’t have One Product, or if there is a core product then that product is the Community and if it is necessary to further quantify and make tangible we can use ANT as a measure of one’s stake in the community.

If we see Aragon as a tool to change how humans collaborate, let’s start first with our own community. Let’s show the value of Aragon by leveraging the Aragon platform effectively to allocate our own scarce resources efficiently. Let’s use the tools we are building to attract and coordinate missionaries to grow the size and value of the Aragon Community.

Let’s think of the Aragon DAO as the first priority, and the outputs and products that emerge from that as secondary. Let’s measure our success by seeing the ROI of these outputs and products to improve over time.

These are some milestones that I think we should align on and strive to achieve in the next 2 years:

  • Secure a long term future for the community by implementing a budget to restrict spending so there are consistent and predictable capital outflows
  • Within that budget, prioritize and support the most promising initiatives that establish a positive connection between increased adoption and utility of the Aragon platform (aragonSDK and Client) and the increasing value of ANT.
  • Create programs and policies which reward bottom-up contributions to the adoption and utility of the Aragon platform based on objective KPIs.
  • Eliminate GitHub and Discourse as necessary components in the Aragon governance process.
  • Realize the vision of being community governed and remove the Aragon Association from the Aragon governance process

In the longer term:

  • Minimize the role of Aragon Network governance in the growth and success of the Aragon Community
  • Transition the Aragon Treasury to 100% ANT

Thank you @joeycharlesworth @burrrata @Mouyou and @lkngtn for these first contributions and visions.

Although these are already good materials for debate:

:warning: Please keep it to one post per person for the sake of this exercise :warning:

I expect we will have more people contributing and It would be great to keep this post open and clean before we start a less structured conversation. :wink:


Hi all,

my 2 cents on this topic. If I think about the vision, first thing that comes to my mind is freedom. To me it’s all about it. Then we can try to be more specific and I would say that the goal is to allow people to organize freely leveraging technology. Somehow try to give back the old promise of the Internet, before it became a bunch of walled gardens mining data from users to concentrate power and money.

About the bonus question, I don’t feel qualified to answer it, to be honest, so I’m going to try to skip it elegantly with the Danish proverb: it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. :wink:

[PS: I agree with @lkngtn opinion about being pragmatic, but I don’t think moving to Gitlab is a good example of the opposite. I don’t want to extend on it as it belongs to another topic]


Why I think we’re having this conversation?

Having a shared vision provides context to our daily interactions and decisions. It is a guide and a glue for the community. It is a tangible basis to evaluate different concrete strategies. Eventually it makes the network more focused and intelligent.

My long term vision

I would like any individual on the planet to be a few clicks away from freedom and self-sovereignty. Aragon would do that by considerably lowering barriers to launching and structuring a community initiative.

I want Aragon to be a toolkit for freedom. Both for people who want to grow carrots or hack their way through the world. I want to let people actualize millions of different lifestyles just as the internet did for markets.

I think that Digital Organizations and the next level efficiency they enable will be important to this civilisation’s survival in decades to come.

My perspective for the next year

It looks like we are close to having a full working implementation of the Aragon platform.

  • The Aragon Client
  • A basic/core set of apps: Fundraising, OE, Token Manager, Voting…
  • The Aragon Court/dispute resolution mechanism
  • The SDK
  • (Aragon Chain?)

Once everything is out I would keep enhancing those components, especially the SDK so Aragon can become an appealing platform to build on.

I think that in the meantime, it would make a lot of sense to reach out to users and aggressively customize Aragon products for them. So we manage to understand where the value sits in our products.

My perspective for the next two years

If we manage to make the above work, most of our efforts should then focus into growing the different stakeholder groups which populate the Aragon Platform: contributors, ANT holders, users.

Along the way we will have to study these different stakeholder groups and how they overlap, as well as iterate on governance, contributor experience, token economics, and user/developer experience. This goes along with solving major problems like ecosystem sustainability.

Eventually I join @lkngtn in the vision of creating a giant and free platform/bazaar people can use to build things.

I think that all this starts with an in depth community assessment of the current state of the project on these different points…

That’s what I’ve come to think through my conversations with various community members, reading past and current whitepapers etc… This is subject to change! :slight_smile:


Hey Louis,
Thanks for facilitating this.

Here is my perspective:
General vision: Ecosystem building the mechanism design backend for self-governance.

I believe there are two layers to the vision and how to get there, namely: product and community perspective(which are clearly intertwined).

Product: Modular, multi-functional and dynamic mechanism design app store.

The role of the product is to inspire and empower designers with new capabilities as well as design patterns.

Community: Multi-faceted, anti-disciplinary, emergent community with a strong culture for experimentation and non-conformity which facilitates its communication.

The role of the community is to generate a plethora of components and primitives which are useful at the product level. Here there are divergent KPIs which must be optimized for: communication(>network performance) and diversity(>variation/modularity).

For communication: cultural patterns and interfaces between different roles i think goes a long way.

For diversity: enabling a safe space for the cultivation and interaction of different cultures(which attract different types of talent & intellect and find solutions to non-trivial problems). Attracting communities which are disenfranchised by legacy systems and creating structures for them within which they can thrive. Giving equitable representation for various communities in the governance and cultural emergence of the Aragon Network.

Short & long term perspective:


Aragon Network, as @lkngtn mentioned, needs to overcome significant obstacles in the short term. Namely, scarce resources, robust incentive systems, a hostile macro situation and shifting the paradigm in apathetic governance sentiment through progressive UX and infrastructural innovation. These are all huge challenges which Aragon is taking on, simultaneously. I believe what is necessary in the ST is a product perspective and the refinement of value capture mechanisms of the tokenomic model. In order to achieve this end initiatives which align the builders and the network based on app performance should be implemented and iterated based on a diligent design process.


In the long-term, Aragon must move towards a truly decentralized community, move away from monolithic consensus and towards an ecosystem of synergic production. I find Edouard Glissant’s conceptual metaphor: the Archipelago, useful in context.

“The continental thinking denies the fusion while the archipelagic thinking makes it possible to say that
the identity of any person, or group of people, isn’t predetermined once and for all. The archipelagic thinking makes it possible to have close exchanges with others without losing the sensation of individuality”
Édouard Glissant, Le Discours antillais , (1989-92)

The challenges are quite substantial. Aragon must navigate the turbulent path created by the divergence between diversity and communication, the short-term pragmatism and long-term idealism, product-perspective and community perspective. But as long as Aragon is where individuals and sub-cultures feel belonging and are able to reach reciprocal altruism, the collective energy and talent should provide the momentum through the journey.



The inner-workings of Aragon go unnoticed by the vast majority of its users, as it happens with other key technologies or protocols of the internet today, such as TCP/IP or HTTP.

Many states compete in a healthy way by offering digital jurisdiction template solutions based in Aragon with tax and legal options attractive to citizens, although many of these citizens add to the booming trend preferred by digital nomads: belonging to the Aragon jurisdiction, which, while maintaining an independent tax regime, has been accepted as compatible with most nationalities due to the relevant international agreements reached through the platform, from the first in the form of private agreements between large technology companies, to the use of UN to migrate its obsolete governance model, through the development achieved in aerospace matters thanks to the collaboration between different nations together with private companies that would not have been possible without the collaboration tools between organizations based on Aragon.

The first milestones in previous years were to get Aragon to be accepted as a legal mechanism in different countries thanks to its joint integration with OpenLaw, starting with the administration in several US states and then expanding to other European regions, although the real explosion occurred in Africa, where private companies created a true DAO marketplace surviving censorship attempts until reaching agreements of compliance with the rigid standards of several countries, which allowed to create a new type of global companies driven by indexes never seen before like transparency, values and open participation.

Aragon thus became a reference platform for both private and public use, and with a set of add-ons and apps and a self-sustainable development community thanks to its own incentive mechanisms achieved by the largest and best known DAOs within the ecosystem.


First of all, thanks @LouisGrx for kicking this off!

20 years

Ofc this is not a prediction, it’s more about my vision for Aragon. I see Aragon as a verb, a way to coordinate people to help them build any kind of system, backed by a trust-less framework which will include a network, a community, tools, etc. Going back to the question, in 20 years, and I hope probably in less than that, I see Aragon reaching a high-level of maturity on this vision. But to do that we need to be pragmatic and continue building a robust framework to make that happen.

5 years

I’d love to see a massive usage of Aragon, not necessarily in a huge amount of projects, but in a huge project like a large company, a government, a massive community, or similar.

2 years

IMO we need to stay focused on what we are doing now: building tools, growing the community, and working hard to start delivering huge value to gain adoption to our users and ANT holders.


Late to the party and I share all of the above so here’s a short summary of my point of view for 3 timespans:

  1. Now-5 Years: Surviving:
    Achieving massive UX and scalability improvements, product market fit and financial sustainability, getting to mass adoption while fending off regulatory challenges and competition from governance frameworks embedded into L1 protocols. Radical change of culture towards collaboration rather than competition both within the network and with external partners.

  2. 5-20 years Responsible Prosperity:
    As @joeycharlesworth underlined the main focus here is becoming a viable alternative to the existing nation state and emerging corporate governance structures.
    For this the network must maintain its open source and decentralized nature at all costs lest it fall for same mistakes of today’s paradigm. Basic public goods must remain free and censorship resistant.
    Financial success must be widely shared beyond founders and core teams towards the ecosystem but also as a UBI for members (citizens) of the network.
    Creating a social contract with the citizens of the network and achieving a scalable governance structure that maintains freedoms.
    Leveraging this maturing infrastructure to help answer the most pressing needs and challenges of nature+humans.

  3. 20 years+ Learning how to die:
    A new generation of humans comes to the fore. The world has changed and the old must make way for the new, we can’t predict where things will stand from a linear perspective of social and technological “progress”. Not necessarily erasing the past but embracing a gradual process of transformation. Being honest about the dangers of institutionalisation and ossification benefitting the few over the many.


What turns me on is the court. I feel like the web needs it. I frequently read articles about people getting ripped off on the internet. Upwork contractors get screwed over after completing work. Someone from eBay ships a faulty product. It’s happened to me before, and it happens all the time.

When I enter into a contractual obligation with an international client, the legal agreement normally identifies the state or country whose laws and courts will be used in handling disagreements. If I enter into a digital agreement over the web with a client in China, why isn’t there a jurisdiction of law completely governed and ruled by the web? Why are we relying on the laws and jurisdiction of one of our countries? Just like cryptocurrencies do for international transactions, the court could do for international disagreements.

I think any web-based agreement where users spend $$$ (in the future) should show a badge of honoring “Aragon court jurisdiction”, meaning if someone is unhappy with a product or service, they can take the counter party to Aragon court, where the outcome will be disputed and reparations paid out to damaged parties. This protects consumers from scammy services, and provides a leg up to sellers that honor their commitments and consistently give great service.

So what’s the roll of the DAO and the software we’ve already built?

Running your business on a DAO allows you to integrate natively with the court, providing more transparency and proof to the court in case of any disagreements. I think about it similarly to how Uber / Lyft drivers put video cameras on their front windshield. If they get into an accident, they have video proof showing it wasn’t their fault! Coordinating your business through a DAO (recording expenses, transactions, decisions) can be used as a similar mechanism - in the case of a dispute, the court will have more insight into the inner workings of the business and can see where things went wrong. The outcome will be more just when all the information is readily available. It benefits honest actors and punishes scammers.

Disclaimer - I haven’t read much into Aragon court, so this could be way off or very far fetched. But I love the idea of an internet court, and I know its a primary objective of the Aragon community.


Hey everyone :slight_smile:

In addition to this forum thread, we also have a survey. There’s 5 questions and it takes less than 5 minutes to answer. We appreciate your feedback!

(anonymous) Aragon Vision Survey

note: this is an admin type notification for the StrategyWG, but please adhere to the 1 post per person

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