Barbados to Become the First Nation With a Virtual Embassy in the Metaverse

Barbados has announced that they are extending their diplomacy to the virtual world of the metaverse. As the first nation to establish a virtual embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has signed an agreement with Decentraland, a metaverse platform. The agreement with the Ethereum user-based digital platform, Decentraland, was approved in August and will be launched officially in January 2022. This transition from real-world diplomacy to a virtual embassy may come as a surprise to some. Still, Barbados is thrilled to extend its outreach to the “cultural diplomacy” of the metaverse.

Barbados to Become the First Nation With a Virtual Embassy in the Metaverse

Why Did They Choose Decentraland? 

Decentraland is known as the most popular and one of the largest metaverse platforms around. The Ethereum-based metaverse platform, Decentraland, is a leading metaverse ecosystem above any other virtual platforms. Decentraland allows users to buy virtual land to build upon and sell. 

However, Barbados isn’t stopping there; the Ministry plans to complete agreements with other blockchain platforms, like Superworld, Somnium Space, and other platforms. As the first nation to establish virtual sovereign land, Barbados plans to create a virtual embassy architecture that is transferable across the metaverse. 

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What is the Purpose of a Virtual Embassy?

The agreement between Decentraland and Barbados enables the design of virtual embassies and road mapping land acquisition. The plan is to expand the agreement to develop virtual infrastructure for “e-visas” to travel across metaworlds and a “teleporter” that affords players to travel across the different blockchain worlds. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, this opens up diplomacy into the technological and cultural realms of digital art and trade. 

Since the discussion of a virtual Barbados embassy, governmental bodies, including the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, have evaluated the agreement in detail. The embassy has also received legal counsel to ensure that the agreement complies with the Vienna Convention and international law. 

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  1. Seredu said on November 21, 2021 at 7:37 pm
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    Suppose it’s not around anymore, but interestingly Sweden had an embassy on Second Life back in the day. It was purely for informational purposes though, and whether Second Life qualifies as a metaverse I really don’t know.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-secondlife-idUSL3034889320070530

  2. Yuliya said on November 21, 2021 at 7:42 pm
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    What a bunch of.. utter nonsense! How about you write something newsworthy for a change, Shaun? Look, 7-zip 21.05 stable has been released. Now that I spoonfed you, go make an article about it!
    Don’t disappoint us – although my expectations are already very, very low. You do know what 7-zip is, right Shaun? You probably have stumbled over this term a few times ever since you have popped up here on gHacks, so at the very least you know where to find it. I hope..

    1. ShintoPlasm said on November 22, 2021 at 8:56 am
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      Does anyone know how to block articles by a certain writer in Brave’s own adblocker? The line ‘www.ghacks.net##.row:has-text(by Shaun on)’ doesn’t seem to work there, but is working in uBO and Adguard.

      1. Mikhoul said on November 22, 2021 at 5:14 pm
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        Here we go: ##.hentry:has-text(by Shaun)

      2. Ipnonymous said on November 22, 2021 at 6:22 pm
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        Say, would this also work to block malicious commentators?

      3. ShintoPlasm said on November 22, 2021 at 6:40 pm
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        @Mikhoul: thanks mate!

    2. Mikhoul said on November 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm
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      Next: Kayne West has been victim of a phishing scam by Shaun.

    3. ULBoom said on November 22, 2021 at 10:17 pm
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      Martin carried the ball on 7-Zip. I can’t imagine how badly ShaunBot would mangle something as simple as 7-Zip. No button gradients, no Material Design, although I’ve never understood what that dork term even means.

  3. Anonymous said on November 21, 2021 at 7:53 pm
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    Second Life all over again.

  4. John G. said on November 21, 2021 at 8:34 pm
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    Simply hilarious. Coming soon virtual food, virtual drink, virtual girlfriend/boyfriend, virtual houses and virtual cars and virtual jobs and virtual stupidity everywhere.And finally we all living in Matrix.

    1. just an Ed said on November 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm
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      1. Jonh G. said on November 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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        OMG :O

    2. musselman said on November 22, 2021 at 3:09 pm
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      @John…nah…anyone with an actual human body needs actual food, water, air for it, or it’s kaput, period. Virtual-shmirtual.

  5. just an Ed said on November 21, 2021 at 9:58 pm
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    It was posited some years back (2009,I think) that the US was headed towards “Japanification”. While it was intended in the economic sense, it would appear that the entire Western world is headed that way as people begin to feel more alienated and disenfranchised.
    I wonder how large a volume will be written by some scholar 1000 years hence on “The Decline and Fall of 21 Century Western —no, let me be more accurate; The Decline and Fall of the American Empire”.
    Sadly, I write that as one born, raised, and living in NYC.

    1. Bindere Dundat said on November 22, 2021 at 5:58 pm
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      The American (U.S.A.) Empire might decline, but it will never fall. It is and will be the Last Empire on planet Earth. It has just about perfected the art of creating money at will out of ‘thin air’. No other empire accomplished that. Infinite wealth leads to infinite power. DeFi, NFT etc… is about to create trillionaires (when measured in digital currency).

  6. Squiggy said on November 22, 2021 at 10:30 am
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    What is it with the “Metaverse” trend lately? It sounds like some laughably dated term from the 90s, like cyberspace and surfing the world web web.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on November 22, 2021 at 6:40 pm
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      I know right?

    2. ULBoom said on November 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm
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      Zuckerberg’s using it as a distraction from his other global malware; usage blew up after the Frances Haugen thing. Plus he owns Oculus, part of FB Technologies LLC. LLC an ejector seat out of FB’s hardware which goes nowhere, maybe?

      Love the faith he has in his physical products, meanwhile Oculus, which is kinda stagnant is supposed to be their easy entry into Metaverse? I call BS on all of this.

  7. ULBoom said on November 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm
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    Julian Assange said, “Ha ha ha ha ha ha!”

    Rihanna’s from Barbados; incels take note. No, it wouldn’t even seem close to real.

    Yet another keyword vomit article.

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