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1.country- Connect Web2 Domains & Web3 Profiles
1.country is the world’s first platform that allows users to connect a Web3 name with a browsable Web2 domain, unifying their digital identity.
Hidden State, a Harmony ecosystem partner, is launching the world’s first integrated platform 1.country for Web2 domain names and Web3 profiles, giving users a unified digital identity and brand solution.
1.country allows users to claim a Web3 name .1 that also directs to a browsable Web2 domain .country. Users can now simultaneously own their Web3 identity and a browsable website in one transaction. 1.country delivers an ICANN approved top-level domain with the superpowers of smart contracts. 1.country offers 1-3 character premium Web3 names on Harmony’s 2-second finality blockchain that also provisions to a proper Web2 domains within 5 minutes versus hours or days with a traditional registrar.
While the first use case is creating a profile page, your homestead on the Internet, 1.country is an open platform for builders to develop the infrastructure and tools for a more fair digital economy. To create your unique digital identity, register a 1.country domain today.
1.country unifies internet domains and crypto names. Short, on-chain names like s.1 store your wallet addresses, digital collectibles, social reputation – on Harmony and eventually across multiple blockchains. Proper, browsable domains like s.country displays your career metrics, vanity links, embedded content – where, later on, fans can tip and access gated content. Yet, through 1.country, s.1 and s.country are the same – your creator economy, ONE country!
March 20, 2023 (Monday): 6+ character domains will be available. We will be releasing the other domains per character gradually over a period of time.
Phase 1: Launch with Web2 and Web3 Integration
Web2 Top Level Domains with On-Chain Web3 Names ✅
Identity Profiles for Creators ✅
1-3 Character Premium Domains ✅
Phase 2: Build with Radical Markets and Open Development
NFT Metadata with Visuals and Identity ✅
Wallet-To-Wallet Payment and Domain Transfers
Subdomains + Domain Renewal Radical Markets Pricing
Software Development Kit (SDK)
Phase 3: Expand with New Creator Tools and Products
SMS Wallet and Multi-Chain Integration
Email Services and Customer Relations Management
Video and Live Streaming Content
⏳ “The future of Web3 adoption will center around social connections and digital identities. We are excited to see the launch of 1.country which unites Web3 names with current Web2 domains. This will help onboard many more users in Web3 and we look forward to collaborating and integrating these identities into our social wallet.” —Zi Wang, Founder of Timeless Wallet
First, you will need to have or install Metamask, add Harmony Mainnet, and obtain ONE tokens.
Every .country page is linked to a .1 Web3 name. In order to use .1 directly in the browser you will need to install an extension. Once you have installed the .1 Redirect extensions on your browser, you’ll be able to navigate to any .country page by entering your .1 name into the browser’s search bar.
To look up your new .1 Web3 name, go to the Harmony explorer and type in your .1 name in the search bar and it will show the owner’s address. Since .1 and .country are linked, searching the equivalent .country name in the Harmony explorer will yield the same address.
🤩"1.country is an innovative step for creators to build their digital profiles and opens up the potential to receive payments from fans immediately. I’m excited to see how creators can build new commerce experiences with it.” —Shamir Allibhai, Video + AI founder
Connecting Web2 and Web3 domains has been on our mind for a while. Working with Web2 domain systems in a Web3 space has countless technical challenges that we had to address.
All .country domains live in both Web2 and Web3 spaces. On the Web3 side, they are managed by immutable, permissionless smart contracts on-chain with complete NFT capabilities in both HRC1155 and HRC721 forms, offering some advanced domain management features not yet available in ENS system on Ethereum mainnet, such as DNS supports, restriction to transfer, subdomains, and others. Users are able to convert their domain between HRC1155 and HRC721 NFT, for maximum compatibilities with wallets and NFT marketplaces. In the coming weeks, users can also subscribe to a variety of products and services for their domain, such as setting up email aliases, connecting to existing websites, creating personal profiles, and others.
On the Web2 side, the domains are registered through ICANN approved registrars and registries, then connected to our open source DNS servers integrated into the global DNS system. Anyone using any web browser can access the domains purchased through .country and the content hosted on Web3, without having to install any special plugin or doing any special configuration to their browser or operating system.
As we evolve the systems, we will expand the Web3 components and security into registry and registrars, which are fundamental building blocks of Web2 domains. To learn more about our technical architecture and plans, read this article.
The 1.country codebase is fully open. We invite the developer community to visit the Github repos and explore. Report issues, fork, or suggest pull requests that will help make this new Web2 to Web3 connection even more robust and powerful. We will soon be launching an open development kit for anyone to build tools, features, and products on top of this ecosystem.
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The project is planned to be deployed with a multi-sig on Harmony. You can follow along with developer activity by tracking this multi-sig:
Funds from the domain sales, net of the registry costs, will be held in the multi-sig wallet and will be allocated to the community development of 1.country. We openly invite developers to join the effort to build a more open and fair Internet. You can follow along with activity by tracking this address in a Harmony explorer:
We have also reserved h.country for the Harmony community. The domain will be held in a community multi-sig:
We aim to establish a fair and sustainable market for domain names. The current registration period for 1.country is 3 months. Our 3-month registration is the first rollout of our fair pricing model with demand based renewal. We will continue to evolve pricing with the goal of cultivating a radically fair market. The price for .country domain registration are as follows.
Common (10+ characters): ~$1 for 3 months
Rare (7-9 characters): ~$10 for 3 months
Super Rare (6 characters): ~$100 for 3 months
To Be Released:
Super Rare (4-5 characters): ~$100 for 3 months
Legendary (1-3 characters): ~$1,000 for 3 months
Other pricing models like “pay once, own forever” appear to benefit the user at first, but eventually lead to illiquid markets benefiting only early holders or squatters. This payment model makes it difficult for the average consumer later on to collect a specific domain. Other services follow a 1-year lease registration where users may renew and extend their domains. Again, those run into similar problems of squatting where an individual will claim a domain without any development.
🌎One of the most exciting things happening today is the creation of new cities and countries built on Internet and decentralized infrastructure. With 1.country and .country domains, The Harmony team makes it possible to seamlessly connect Web3 identities to browsable Web2 domains, and simultaneously pioneers new economic models such as Land Value Taxes to price and allocate finite resources more efficiently. —Johnny Chang, Founding Team and Publisher of The Network State
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is a .country domain?
A .country domain is a top-level domain (TLD) that allows individuals and organizations to register a unique web address. If the domain is purchased through 1.country, then the specific web address will be paired with a Web3 .1 name.
How does .country compare to other domain providers?
A 1.country name and domain establishes the first Web2 to Web3 link. This allows for the domain to be searchable and indexable, bringing search engine optimization to Web3.
What are the main differences between a Web2 and Web3 name service?
On a basic level, both services take long identifying addresses and make them human-readable. Web2 domain names are associated with Internet Protocol addresses (IP) that are used to locate and access websites on the internet.
188.8.131.52 → google.com
Web3 name services are associated with a 42-character hexadecimal wallet address that can be used for purchasing, interacting with applications, receiving funds, and creating a digital identity.
0x63e7E9BB58aA72739a7CEc06f6EA9Fe73eb7A599 → alexanderthompson.1
How long does it take to register a .country domain?
The registration process for a .country domain typically takes 3-5 minutes, assuming the domain name you want is available. Once you have completed the registration process and your payment has been processed, your .country domain will be ready to use. No additional verification steps are required.
How many domains are limited per wallet?
What am I receiving when I register a domain?
During a successful registration from 1.country, you will receive both a Web2 top-level domain (.country) and a Web3 name (.1) tied to it.
What happens if I register a .country domain from a different domain service?
If you have already registered a .country domain from a different service, any functionality will be tied to the current service provider. In order to enable Web3 utility you will need to deregister the domain and then visit 1.country to register the domain again. One way to deregister a domain is to let the domain expire without renewing it. However, if you want to get rid of the domain immediately, you can usually do this through the domain registrar for a small fee.
What happens if I register but the domain was not claimed?
Not to worry, the platform makes sure that a prompt for purchase only happens after a top-level domain is confirmed to be available.
Can I link a Twitter Profile directly?
This feature is not currently supported. Instead, you can link a Twitter post directly. If you attempt to upload a Twitter profile, below is the current visual.
How do I create, manage, and edit content on my .country page?
In order to interact with the content on your .country, you will need to be signed into the same wallet that registered the given .country. To sign in, click the Metamask fox at the bottom of the page, or the Wallet Connect icon, and log into the desired wallet.
What are the 1.country NFT designs?
Thank you for helping push the next generation of digital identities forward, please don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com if you have any further questions or concerns.
About Hidden State
Hidden State LLC provides state-of-the-art solutions in blockchain infrastructure, wallet, security, forensics, and machine learning. Inventions include the world’s first keyless, non-custodial cryptocurrency wallet that works with offline Google Authenticator. Learn more at hiddenstate.xyz.
Harmony is an open and fast blockchain. Its mainnet runs Ethereum applications with 2-second transaction finality and 100 times lower fees. Harmony is an open platform for assets, collectibles, identity, and governance. Learn more at harmony.one.
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