Ukraine launches NFT-powered Metahistory Museum of War
The unfolding geopolitical conflict in Ukraine has proved to be a powerful testing ground for a new set of strategic weapons, particularly aimed at waging the battle for wider public support. Between attacks in the cyber arena and even deploying financial sanctions as another powerful pressure tactic, much of the new strategic arsenal has nothing to do with firing a single bullet.
While the overwhelming power of sanctions has largely taken center stage, blockchain technology has already proven itself in multiple areas, namely fundraising for the war effort. Like war bonds of the past, this transparent new fundraising technique has garnered massive support from communities across the planet, raising more than $100 million for the Ukrainian government to date.
Presenting yet another use case of blockchain technology, Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation has joined forces with the country’s NFT community and the PROSPECT100 team to launch the first of its kind digital museum design to create a geopolitical conflict.
The NFT Museum, called “Metahistorical Museum of War”, will contain official collections related to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. It is designed to preserve the chronology of the conflict in order to disseminate real (and verified) information to the global community. Nearly twenty specialists from major Ukrainian groups and art projects, including CryptoArt Ukraine, Prjctr.com, AVANTGARDEN and others, are participating in the development of this project. In addition, renowned tech brands FAIR.XYZ and Hacken will audit the smart contracts of this initiative.
Each NFT shows facts and a personal reflection according to a clear and simple formula: a token contains a current news story published by an official source and an illustration drawn by a Ukrainian artist. To preserve the history of events, the NFTs will be minted chronologically. In addition, Ukrainian artists will use their art skills to show how the war is experienced by the people of Ukraine – from the beginning to the last moments of the conflict.
In addition to raising awareness and maintaining historical records, the Metahistory Museum will also partner with other ongoing initiatives to collect donations to support the Ukrainian military and civilians. All proceeds from the auction of the collection’s NFTs will be transferred directly to crypto wallets of the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation.
According to Oleksandr Boryakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, “Blockchain appears to be a powerful tool for preserving the memory … the suffering of the peaceful civilian population of Ukraine, the heroism of the Ukrainian armed forces, the resistance of the Ukrainian people and the whole Putin Blitzfail.”
The first batch of releases features 50 different NFTs from Ukrainian artists. The following set features works by international artists including Stephan Sagmeister, Daniel Ashram, David Carson and many more. The second collection from international artists will be unveiled between March 16, 2022 and March 26, 2022, while the first drop is expected to take place between March 20 and March 28, 2022.
NFTs from the Metahistory Museum are initially on sale for 0.15 ETH each. For the first token sale, 100% of the proceeds will be sent to the official ETH address of the Ministry of DT (network fees not included). Resale proceeds are split, with 90% of the amount going to the owner and 10% being forwarded as royalties. A certain amount of money needed for the development of the project will be collected first, and any remaining funds will then be transferred to the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation.
WeR CEO Vasyl Kopanov, a project leader, concludes: “It is impossible to remain untouched by the war. We are launching the NFT Museum of Metahistory so that the international community knows the truth about war.”
Sadie Williamson is the founder of Williamson Fintech Consulting.
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