Amid the turbulent waves that shook the crypto world, Terra Classic emerged as a beacon. Originally developed by Terraform Labs, this independent blockchain remains distinct from its forked sibling, Terra 2.0. However, recent events have put Terra Classic and its token, terraUSD (USTC), under the spotlight.
Terra Classic: A Brief Overview
Born out of Terraform Labs’ ingenuity, Terra Classic stands as the foundational network. It chose its own path, asserting its independence from the successor, Terra 2.0, which arose after the infamous collapse of Terra.
At the crux of Terra’s disintegration lay terraUSD. This token, once the pride of Terra, plummeted by a staggering 99%, resulting in LUNA token values diving by 99.9%. The consequences were dire – a loss of $28 billion from Terra-based DeFi applications and the tragic downfall of multiple crypto funds.
As Monday afternoon reports indicated, USTC’s value hovered around a mere 1 cent. This set the stage for a crucial community vote on Terra Classic’s governance forum. With 59% in favor, the decision was clear: cease all USTC minting.
The Algorithm Behind USTC
USTC, an algorithmic stablecoin, was architected to be underpinned by various assets. That included the likes of LUNA and Bitcoin (BTC), eradicating the need for a centralized entity to oversee these assets. Yet, many such tokens, including USTC, found themselves entrapped in a “death spiral.” This phenomenon sees the hasty exit or sale of these supporting assets, leading to a sudden destabilization of tokens akin to USTC.
USTC’s ambition was to maintain a peg at $1. Community insiders believed that burning tokens – a process of irreversibly removing tokens from circulation – might make this dream attainable. However, the magnitude of tokens needed to be incinerated could run into trillions.
“A blatant disregard for community endeavors,” remarked the proposal when addressing minting or reminting. The primary objective? Enable institutions like Binance to embark on USTC burning, confident that the era of minting has ended.
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