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Bitcoin ABC was the client that created Bitcoin Cash in the beginning, which was spearheaded by Amaury Sechet and a couple of part-time coders and big block enthusiasts.
However in recent times, the seeming majority of the Bitcoin Cash community (or the loudest part of it) seems to have lost all admiration for Bitcoin ABC. In fact, Bitcoin ABC is now the new hottest scapegoat and enemy of the peer to peer cash, apparently.
Tensions are bad. Really bad. The momentum for a disasterous chain split is basically set in stone at this point.
On top of this, there is a steady trickle of highly valuable individuals leaving and divesting out of Bitcoin Cash in order to work on BCH's newest competitor, Avalanche (AVAX). This seems to be the one unified place that all momentum is shifting to, due to its technological relevance.
Don Wonton, former Bitcoin Cash envangelist and video content creator (known as Decentralized Thought on Youtube) has shifted his focus away from BCH and is now working at AvaLabs.
Tobias Ruck, CEO of Be.Cash and inventor of the Bitcoin Cash smart cards has hinted at the possibility of also moving his project to Avalanche along with Shammah. Nothing concrete here yet, but it does make the reader wonder.
And then of course there is me, who is deciding to write this article. As an ardent Bitcoin Cash maximalist for two years, I am now an Avalanche maximalist for the very simple reason that it has its protocol figured out, completed, funded, and has the infrastructure necessary for a global peer to peer cash system. Avalanche consensus enables fast and efficient transactions with subsecond finality and the ability to run your node on close to any household computer, while being able to sustain upwards of 4500 tps and no practical limitation on the number of validators.
Avalanche consensus uses a variation of gossip/pandemic based consensus which is designed to handle blockchain and smart contract data.
Avalanche is built to be money too, and is deflationary with a maximum supply cap and extra deflation from staking and burning fees. The main innovation that Avalanche plans to offer the world is its novel multi-chain archictecture that allows anyone to create and operate a custom subnetwork, with a custom virtual machine.
I know a lot of you have a lot of personal stake tied up in Bitcoin Cash. Walking away from something you deeply care about is never easy. But it seems to me that Bitcoin Cash has turned into this project that is adversarial towards both funding and making new major protocol improvements. Bitcoin Cash is not where it needs to be in terms of scalability, user experience, and features/programmability, and most of its proponents have set fire to all the roads that was supposed to take us there.
But there comes a time when your child begins to have its own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. And it may be necessary for this child to move out and discover itself. This time has come for Bitcoin Cash.
Amaury Sechet has been a good steward and leader of BCH, the best we could have had, but at some point even he should recognize that sometimes things take a life of their own, and may not work out.
There is a growing number of miners who seem to be signalling support for BCHN, enough that its looking to be an even split between those against and those in favor of Bitcoin ABC. Binance, Huobi, Bitcoin.com, and a few other miners have signalled their support. This looks like the makings of a potential new hashwar, possibly nastier than the last one (with BSV). Bitcoin.com and Bitmain going head-to-head in a holy war is something I personally never thought I'd see.
There is another option though. We don't have to fight to the death.
If all the Bitcoin ABC supporters just join Avalanche, then they can get all the tech they have been wanting, and be re-united with their former peers. Peer to peer electronic cash is possible on Avalanche, and the infrastructure for achieving it is getting to be orders of magnitude higher.
It is not dishonorable to sell one's coins in order to buy another one. The market is dynamic, and the facts of every situation is subject to constant change, entropy, and general chaos. You just really need to ask yourself what you believe in, is it a brand, or is the the goal of peer to peer cash? Is there any need to fork Avalanche's software and build it on another chain that is inherently capable of less, as opposed to just using Avalanche?
I encourage you all to do your research on Avalanche and why momentum and enthusiasm is shifting towards it. It may be the solution you've always wanted, and been unsure of how to fully pursue.