Decentralized Governance on Aleph Zero
Decentralization and democracy go hand-in-hand, resulting in power being handed over to the average user. Learn more about our work on ensuring Aleph Zero's decentralization.
Aleph Zero is a blockchain network aiming to achieve complete decentralization. Below you will find the roadmap that will describe the process of decentralizing Aleph Zero from a network validation perspective.
This guide will go over the elements we've already implemented as well as those that are still on the horizon.

Step 1

The first step towards decentralization involved introducing the Aleph Zero Foundation nodes that are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the transactions conducted on the network.
At this stage, community members could not become validators, nor were they able to nominate.
Also, there was no inflation at this point, and the foundation's nodes did not receive any rewards for guaranteeing consensus.

Step 2

It is at this moment that Aleph Zero introduced the nomination mechanism, allowing users to delegate their tokens to the foundation nodes.
Once nominating was finally possible, Aleph Zero introduced inflation, incentivizing users to experiment with the system. The inflation mechanism looks as follows: 2.5M tokens are added per month, with 10% going to the ecosystem growth fund and 90% distributed to the nominators.
Each nominator will receive an amount proportionate to their stake.
To ensure that the foundation doesn’t have an economic advantage over the community at this stage, the foundation nodes charge 0% commission.

Step 3

The next step involves introducing external committee validators.
For the time being, the Aleph Zero Foundation will keep a supermajority on the committee yet will give some power to a rotating group of validators.
At this stage, the election mechanism will be initiated, influencing the distribution of tokens.
Each validator will get a reward proportional to their stake increased by the commission they charge the nominators.
Nominators get a reward proportionate to their stake, decreased by the validator's commission.

Step 4

The Aleph Zero Foundation will continue opening the committee to third-party validators until, at last, the community is in charge of the committee.
The Foundation will continue to have a permanent place on the committee, but its power and influence will be vastly reduced.
Additionally, nodes belonging to the Aleph Zero Foundation will begin charging slightly higher commission fees in order to incentivize nominators to nominate nodes belonging to the community.

Step 5

Finally, Aleph Zero will be decentralized from the network validation perspective.
The foundation nodes won’t possess any privileges and will be subject to the same election process as everyone else.
The AZERO coin will become the tool through which important ecosystem decisions are made with network users now in control of the future of the blockchain.
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