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Borders of Metaverse

The space between real and virtual worlds is set to get murkier with national and municipal governance bodies gearing up to enter metaverse. But will the promising virtual world be a borderless state or replicate the hostilities and excessive regulation of the real world? 

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In late 2021, Barbados, a small island country in the Caribbean, became the first one in the world to announce that it was planning to set up its embassy on Decentraland, a popular metaverse platform. This embassy will enable citizens to get consular services virtually, while the country is also working on deals with other metaverse projects. Around the same time, South Korea’s capital Seoul announced its plan to establish a “Metaverse Seoul”, a full-service virtual world, by 2026, making it the first city government in the world to enter the space.