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What would happen to Monero in case of a cataclismic event that would cause the American continents to be data-isolated (that is all data links severed) from Eurasia?

What would be the maximum time interval the network would survive for in case of such an event?

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The isolated North American nodes would continue communicating, transacting, and mining among themselves. The world set of nodes would do the same.

At this point you have two possible chains. If communication is ever re-established the fork would resolve itself with the longest chain winning.

Depending on the time-span this could be catastrophic economically because one chain is basically going to be refunded. So if the North American chain fails, everyone that made purchases on that chain would have received goods and services, but then would get all their Monero back once the chain resolves.

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    If this is for a while, it may split into two currencies. – PyRulez Sep 2 '16 at 13:53
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    Absolutely, especially if only one side is able to run newer versions of the code, they would hard fork per the Monero schedule while the old nodes stayed on the old software. – revler1082 Sep 2 '16 at 13:58

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