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Planning a Framework for a Unified Korea: Understanding “Proof of Location”


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There are numerous factors that I have began covering over the past month, where you can check out here on my blog. Important milestones include the thesis proposal itself, the introduction of UnityCoin, and the article about Architecturally Thinking about the Reunification Process. This article will explore the concept of Proof of Location and tying it into proposing a decentralized system of urban planning and management post-Korean reunification.


Real Estate in North Korea


Currently, North Korea is lagging behind in terms of their housing development in comparison to other thriving countries today, but it’s been rapidly developing over the past decade, the housing prices have increased up to 12 times over. North Korea has recently introduced the idea of private ownership, which is unusual for it to be tolerated in the country, as it is authoritarian. It exists, but it’s not common, as everything else is of state property.


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The whole situation is really funny, as the North Koreans that manage to legalize the buying and selling of state property, are doing so by finding loopholes in the existing regulations. Even though they are not allowed to directly sell their houses, they are allowed to trade houses between themselves as long as both houses are located within the same jurisdiction. Using this loophole, an interested individual would seek out someone that would be willing to sell their house. On a document, it would say the previous homeowners would be trading their house for a different property, while in reality they are receiving a lump sum of money. The officials would also be paid off to ensure that the transaction went smoothly with no problems.


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The pricing for North Korean housing is vastly increasing in the last 15 years, as a typical apartment in Pyongyang that sold for $5,000 before would cost $160,000 now. Even in North Korea, the location of the housing is extremely significant, so a countryside house would cost several times less. One interesting fact is that most housing transactions are paid in US dollars instead of North Korean Won. This observation can lead to implications of utilizing a borderless currency to enact all kinds of transactions in the near future. Because there are no real statistics to North Korean housing, close observers and analyzers claim that around 80% of the housing is actually built by private companies instead of the government.

Opportunities for North Korean Development Post-Reunification


With this system of essentially loophole-ing around the governmental regulations of real estate, more and more North Koreans are understanding the fact that their real estate is worth a lot of money, in addition to the anticipated further rise that is predicted in the near future. With reunification considerations, this real estate situation can become the liaison to addressing the wealth gap between South and North Korea.


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North Korean cities are going to be scouted out by rich real estate investors from all over the world, primarily South Korea and China. Not all intentions might be good, as they may take advantage of the North Koreans, who may be perceived as gullible in the housing trade. With the tensions being lifted more and more between North and South Korea, with it came a bundle of hope that investments will pay off surrounding the North Korean borders on both sides.

Opportunities for Untouched Territory


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When there is further development that can occur near the borders for North Korean territory, there are a myriad of opportunities that these developments are capable of, and I’m going to focus on the capability of building a decentralized system that can be constructed with these new developments. When these areas are being built from the ground up, the blockchain system can be utilized, with Proof of Location being utilized, and UnityCoin becoming the main currency, where it can extend the bridge between North Korean and South Korean finance.

FOAM: A Decentralized Method of Verifying Location


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With all of this new development, decentralized verification can be used using a platform like FOAM, which can be used for a concept called Proof of Location. Proof of Location utilizes Zone Anchors, which are distributed beacons with radio transceivers. The initial steps for joining this network involves connecting on of these Zone Anchors. This system relies on synchronized clocks, where these anchors send messages until a consensus is reached. Once they are synchronized, these groups of anchors can establish a Zone, which pledges to give location services that are enforced by smart contract safety deposits. Finally, Zones include time stamped messages from customers in a competitive market for a transaction fee, while these Zones are resynchronizing clocks and publishing their time logs to a data store. Validators provide fraud-proofs, and constant triangulation is calculated to verify the final presence claims.

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