Liquid Reign

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If you have found this page anywhere else than in my book, this all will make more sense if you read it first. You can buy it on Amazon or Openbaazar

Free sample chapters are here:

In Friends We Trust gives a basic intro to the voting system in Liquid Reign, by Szimo the Master of Frogs.

A Thought Experiment on Totalitarian Property Rights justifies the most radical economic premise of Liquid Reign — an upper limit to private wealth, somewhere in the tens of millions of USD per capita.

Welcome to the Galaxy — In this chapter, Daniel is trying to get access to a decentral spy organisation by playing Galaxycraft, the worlds top e-sports game.

Willi shows Daniel the movie Pacific Dreams on the history of the end of intellectual property rights

Over The Clouds Daniel and Harry at the airport. My personal favorite gonzo chapter, with a little call to action embedded.

Daneil explains Ana the Role Playing Fallacy — The mistake by designers of digital systems who copy features from a paper-based structure.

Clickable Links to the Sources of Inspiration below. Search this page for the chapter number to quick-find your sources. You will find those on the regular homepage, too.

Act I — Building a World

1 — Out of the Void

The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Don’t Panic
A Clinical Guide to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

2 — The New Normal

Kurzweil Therapy
And of course, century old democratic traditions

3 — True Names

True Names
Sybil Attacks
Smart Contracts
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract
Democracy Earth Draft of a Social Smart Contract
The few people on earth that is full steam trying to build a new nation using decentral technologies. Help them out!
Tell me who you are
Decentralized Identity Foundation
UN Efforts for digital ID
There are a few more listed here

4 — Foundations of a Hive Mind

Liquid Democracy
Democracy Earth Foundation
Hive Commons
Liquid Feeback
Horizon State
Parti Vote


5 — First Blood

Margaret Mcallister, the sage of monstrous nurses
The Virtuix Omni
Coma Recovery Research
Fascia. Someone told me they are important.
Serious Games and their medical applications

6 — Interesting Times

Games about killing Nazis in America

7 — Historic Bias

Involuntary Racism

8 — Entertaining Conspiracies

Gay Frogs
Appropriate language for non-human souls
Hardware improving EIs
Code Writing EI
The Dangers of Addiction to Games

9 — A Song of Ice

The Alaskan wood frogs
The Esotainment Industrial Complex
Charge-altering releasable transporters (CARTs) for the delivery and release of mRNA in living animals.
Tons of crap included in auto-updates of closed-sourced operating systems

10 — Truth on a Beach

Malka Olders concept of the narrative disorder
The self-deprivation phenomenon: Competition between appetitive rewards and electrical stimulation of the brain

11 — A General Theory of PricesPirate Parties

Pirate Parties
Literature on Universal Basic Income, too much literature to list here
My friends at eaternity
Swiss pricing of heating oil
Living Willow Furniture

12 — A Night Out

Effects of Social Activity on Addiction Risk

13 — Daniel’s Little Helper

Choose Life and Part 2
Little personalized helpers
Robots and Nursing
My computer never does what I want — only what I tell it to do.

14 — A Thought Experiment on Totalitarian Property Rights

Les Miserables
Nicola and Bart, and the hymn to them by Joan Baez and Ennio Morricone
A fun story from one of the early readers of this book: When an acquaintance of hers married a Walton, the bride’s entire family was requested to sign a promise to never ask a Walton for money.
That other John
That other McPhail
The Oxfam reports on wealth inequality
John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government
The concentration of economic power

15 — The Right to Be Where You Are

Anti-Brain Drain Policies and their impact on students

16 — In Friends we Trust

Stupid people licking Incilius Alvarius

17 — Of Property and Theft

The Right to Digital Privacy
Decentral Wealth Registries for real estate
An old sage
A fantastic biology professor teaching the mathematics of dynamic systems at university of Zurich, whose name I forgot.
The old rule is called “herd-poisoning”, from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Revisited

18 — Travel Preparations

A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future
The Future of Clothing and the sources mentioned therein
Fungal Clothing
‘The jump’ in ‘Time of my life’, Dirty Dancing final dance scene, 1987.
Disney’s ‘Magic Bench’

19 — Mission Briefing

Jude Milhon

20 — Goodbyes

INTERLUDIUM — How, Who, What and Why

Swiss Voting
SAM, the vote aggregation bot from New Zealand

ACT II — Explorations

21 — Holy Unions

River Dolphins
Polar Babies
Red Pandas
Honey Badgers

22— Facing the Demon

The Privacy Badger and all his friends out there
Interpolated Rotoscope Effects
This War of Mine
Purdue Pharma, the profiteers behind Fentanyl
My purple sunrise soundtrack while writing this book
Dreaming EIs
Elemiah the Robot counting grains of sand in a desert and stars in the sky

23- The Interface

The more than 100 years it took the tobacco industry to admit its addictiveness and its sponsorship of fake science
The Sovereign App
Overview Articles (there are many more)

24- Of Secrecy and Power

I got bored reading about the technically extremely difficult problem of secure, verifiable and anonymous online voting. Hope you didn’t.

25 — Octopus Finance 101

Otto the Monster
Corruption in Public Procurement
Results Based Payments
Taiwan’s WOW bus route funding
More Unicorns

26 — Of Brains and their Desires

Great-Grandmaster Philipp K. Dick’s work on virtual reality and hallucinations and his modern day followers

27 — Of Compromise

2nd millennium politicians doing stupid things to find compromise
Today’s and yesterdays legendary esports heros

28 — Proper Wealth

The incredible people in the world of circular economy.
Open Collective

29 — Production Systems

The devils marriage between the makers of Roundup, Agent Orange and Zyclon B.
Robots in Agriculture

30 — When The Rain Comes

The misery of fascist game masters

31 — Non-Human Autonomy

Ian Banks Culture Series
Ownerless vehicles
Telepresence Bots

32 — Welcome to the Galaxy

The difference between interesting and happy lives
Tool assisted human play in strategy games
The story of GG
Proxy Hellbat drops
Banelings, dropping and burrowing

33 — The Role Playing Fallacy

My favorite E-sport teacher
Masterful Baneling Control
Pool of Radiance and all its successors
The character development system of Skyrim
Attempts to digitalize lectures in higher education
Swiss electronic voting attempts

34 — Class Consciousness

Antitrust Rulings of the Past
A filthy rich families home I once visited as a teenager
People who need a secure phone booth at their own office
Events catching up with what is supposed to be Science Fiction faster than I can write
Decentral Social Media

35 — Getting Real

Early Brain Stimulation
Newtonian Physics in Games
Non-Newtonian Physics in Games
All the good stuff on here

36- Powerplay

Death by Gaming
Slow Thinking
The concept of Identity Entrepreneurs inciting collective violence
Corporate Behaviour

37 — Service Industries

Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics
Margo St. James

38 — Private and Public Nudging

Female Operating Systems
The smart staircase blocker at the United Nations City in Copenhagen, which hurts several people every day, and Federico Canu, who helped me interpret its behavior.
Social Citizen Score Systems

39 — Traces

Imaginary Bunny Friends

Act III — Gaming, Gods, and Virtual Reality

40— Over the Clouds

Security Theater
Hunter, Rest in Peace
Mr. Steadman, may you life forever
Self-destructing electronics
Customer Service in Airlines

41 — Welcome to Singularity Ville

Captain Future Soundtrack
Terms and Conditions May Apply
Never Ending Parties

42 — Holy Chicken

African Innovation
Game’s pioneering world changing technology
Nigerian Storytellers
Smoke free Cookstoves
Our 99.9% similarity on genetic level

43 — Enter the Void

40 Hertz
God’s work
The things people do…

44 — Emergency Protocol

Creepy people simulating other people
Creepy people simulating dead people
Creepy gods
Dying potted plants

45 — Quantum Dreams

Hannu Rajaniemi’s work on Quantum Dreaming
The utilization of hot water by great authors

46 — Healing body and mind

Stephen la Berges work on Lucid Dreaming
Waking Life
The Science of Sleep
The most common human disease
The technologies developed for life-saving treatments

47— Reconnecting

The Soul of Answering Machines
Using Plants as Oracles


The Bunny and its carrot in Vernor Vinges Rainbows End
Nullius in Verba
Malka Olders Works
The latest memetic reproduction technology: Copy Pasta!
Discussions on in-game political-economic theory by Extra Creditz
Theoretical academic work on voting like this one
Karl-Heinz Häsliprinz, who is a strange attractor himself
The memesphere

ACT IV — Coming Home

48— What A Day in a Life

Millions of SciFi narratives featuring humans manually racing vehicles when they are under time pressure in a world with advanced AI.
Cosplayers at esports events
Birthday parties at arts schools.

49 — A Taxonomy of Souls

The mind-spinning literature on transcendence and soul copies
Costly Signaling
Social Justice and Language

50— Circensis

Fan Made E-Sport Music
Some stats on esports
Locker room talk in my esports community
The LGBTQ & A-Community

51 — Berlin, Berlin

My evolutionary biology teacher, Peter Hammerstein and his friends at Gigerenzers group
Self-Reproducing Flower Shaped Plantoids
Nell’s Robo Dog
Marvin and his Fans
Breakfast at Café Morgenrot

52 — Reunion

Decentral Internet of Things
Hildegard Knef’s Guten Tag mein Zuhause
Pink Nanuq
Timo, our former trout-smoking policeman housemate.

53 — Legal Guardians

Zainab, the adoptee
Adoption Literature
Oma Morkie
Oma Morkies creator and his dignity
The cyborg Neil Harbisson, who first introduced me to the concept of humans with tails
Comic Contracts
VR for the elderly
Snails in 13th century English nobility literature
Politically abused frogs
Milou, the red cat and most aggressive cuddler ever.

54 — Special Trait Zones

Anna Malinowska work on kissing robots
Harvey Milk
The famous interracial TV kiss, when that was still SciFi
The Best Aunties
Weird stuff that my friends enjoy

55 — Skin in the Game

Skin in the Street

56 — Privacy and the Videosphere

Obama on finding a compromise between security and privacy in encryption
Predicting judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights: a Natural Language Processing perspective
Alice and Bob

57 — Curation of Information

Flat Earth Theories
My favorite Flat Earth
Doughnut Earth theories
Sentences with ill-defined truth value
Fact checkers
Pants on fire
Investigative Journalists
Mechanical Turks
Young Turks
The David Packman Show
Kyle and his fact-based talk
Old-school user financed media
Media finance infra-structure

58 — Intellectual Theft

Memetic agents getting paid without theft
The German Public Broadcast Fees
Fallen Heroes for the Cause
Decentral Cloud Stuff useful for pirates

59 — Pacific Dreams

The history of IP abominations
An oath for open science
The Pluto Network
The peer review functions implemented by
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The Flying Spaghetti Monster
The guest list at the coronation
The place where Willi found his editor and sound production team
Big Beautiful Women
Assassin’s creeds camera movements
Follow Camera Technology for BBC
A Swiss newspaper article about raves, glued onto a 20-year old handmade box.

60 — Molecular Freedom

The sound at the end of St. Peppers Album
The psychedelics Beatles
The war on drugs
The scientific rationality behind the war on drugs
Raoul, Ash and Satya, with whom a fried egg and a monster smoothie was consumed once upon a time at midnight on new year’s eve
Things that happen when you allow people to profit from someone else’s desire to fuck with their own neurochemistry
Material sources used for the creation of this chapter
Annalee Newitz Autonomous and the reflections on IP in there
Prizes for doing great stuff
Unicorn Poop (not entirely sure why this is here, but it is. Deal with it.)

61 — Propaganda of the Deed

Climate Change
Assassins Markets
Anonymous Money
Propaganda of the Deed
Guardian Research Project on assassinated environmentalists
Oil Companies Actions around the world

62 — The Complex

The Military Industrial Complex
That other complex
Conspiracy Theories turned real
Wizo — Rote Armee Fraktion

63 — Another Night Out

Alien Jon and his Fiber Flies
Knight Rider Fanclubs
Peruvian Retro Beatles Culture

64 — Law Enforcement

Sexual Violence Online in 1993
Community Policing
False-Flag Neonazi Attacks
Rape in GTA 5
Sexual Harassment in VR
Swedish Neo Nazis

65 — The Next Plateau

Walk Like Thunder
Plateaus of all kinds
The kind of scenarios that climate scientists can’t publish because they are too “alarmist”, but will talk about over a drink.
A Magical Waterfall near Palmas, Tocantins
More Magic just South of Tocantins
UFO Parks

66 — People they come together


67 — People they fall apart

People coming together and falling apart
Greenpeace Boycotts
The arms race between fake and fake detection AIs
The clock from ‘Hugo’ Movie
Les géants
Jean Tinguely Sculptures
Boxes and Projections
People who sell socks with unicorn patterns

68 — Desert Plants

Self-Replicating Production Systems
Solar Utilization of the Sahara with old tech
OK Go’s Music Videos

69 — The Fall

The Poodle’s Core
Space Dancers
Invisible Boats