Island nation turns to metaverse to preserve its disappearing heritage

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Minister of State Simon Kofe told world leaders during his speech at COP27 that we need to do something. We have come up with a brave plan to keep our country going in the face of the growing danger that rising sea levels pose. Just go to and register for free to start trading Bitcoin.

When the tide is high, up to 40% of the national capital district is covered by water. People think that water will cover the whole country by the end of this century.

As Tuvalu continues to build up its presence in the metaverse, it will become the first fully digital country. Kofe said that the most valuable things about the country are its land, ocean, and culture. He also said that no matter what happens in the real world, these things will always be safe in the cloud:

The ecosystem still has hope for the metaverse, even though things don’t look good.

Barbados is a country in the West Indies. A small island is there. It was the first country to establish an embassy in Decentraland in 2021. At the beginning of this year, a group of Australians talked about starting a metaverse embassy.

Several other countries have also started to offer services in the metaverse. The Norwegian government’s tax office just set up a place in the metaverse to reach the next generation of people who use the internet. A new building for the Ministry of Economy in the United Arab Emirates was built on land that doesn’t exist. 

On the other hand, the technology behind virtual reality needs a lot of power to work right. Some estimates say training a single AI model would require more than 626,000 pounds of CO2. 

Kofe said that this door to the metaverse is also a matter of who controls it. 

The action is meant to help Tuvalu keep functioning as a state “by creating an online presence that could replace our physical presence.” Even if Tuvalu can’t protect its statehood and maritime borders in the real world, this will do the same in the virtual world. Even though its people have moved and it has lost land, the country might still be able to stay together.

Tuvalu isn’t the first country to move to the “metaverse.” South Korea was one of the first places to put money into the metaverse. It is now making a platform for its people that will give them digital access to government services and programs. Recent news articles say that Barbados is the first country to look into opening a virtual embassy in the metaverse. 

The Analysis and Research team of the Council of the European Union put out a report that predicted a future fight between three ways to regulate the internet: a regulatory approach by states, a decentralized and open web pushed by tech activists, and a profit-driven model backed by the tech sector, which would give tech companies more power while freeing the virtual world from rules that apply in the real world.

The study says, “In general, there are no limits or rules in the Metaverse.” This is likely to make it even harder to understand the idea of territorial sovereignty. People might have to rethink what it means to be a citizen if there are no borders.

Let’s spend most of our time in virtual reality. To keep things in order, there will need to be more than just the rules that govern the physical world. It happens when the images in virtual reality move quickly, which can make people feel sick. If this keeps happening, it might be hard for a country to work online.

Tuvalu, on the other hand, is moving to the metaverse to get ready for climate change’s “worst-case scenario.” It shows how many countries are in danger of going extinct because the world isn’t doing enough to cut fossil fuel emissions, and the loss and damage fund, which could help poor countries deal with the effects of the climate crisis, isn’t moving forward. It talks about how the US makes other countries’ lives harder. 

Kofe said, “Working together is the only way to keep Tuvalu from moving online and away from the real world.”  Kofe said, “Everyone needs to work together if we don’t want Tuvalu to move online and away from the real world.”