This proposal is to completely externalize the validator and voting power.
Validators on Harmony networks are the most supportive and important resources. They ensure network security and consensus while collecting commissions of the staking rewards. Currently, the Harmony network runs with 51% external voting power and 49% internal voting power. 900 external validator slots and 100 internal validator slots. To make the network fully decentralized, this proposal is to fully externalize the voting power and validator nodes. Any further network upgrade requires a strong consensus of all validators upgrading nodes on time.
To have a fully decentralized and externalized network is the most critical goal of a blockchain network. All the users and the team fully trust the validators can take the responsibilities to maintain the 100% uptime of the blockchain, and maintain/upgrade the nodes as soon as possible.
There will be a hard-fork created in a planned epoch to enable 100% external voting power and 100% external nodes. After the planned epoch, all voting powers belong to external nodes. There will no internal nodes joining the consensus. There will still be internal nodes for RPC endpoints, bootnodes, and block syncing nodes.
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