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How Landslide accepts ATOM in addition to AVAX for validators.
*Please Note: this is a working document and is intended to change over time.


Original Source where Sunny from Osmosis and Emin Gün Sirer from Ava Labs discuss this proposal.

1. Integration of Cross-Chain Validation (CCV) from Cosmos through IBC:

This will involve understanding the CCV protocol in depth and implementing it within the Landslide Network. This will allow the network to borrow security from more established chains, thus increasing the cost of attacking the network.
Here is a detailed specification for the Cross-Chain Validation (CCV) protocol in the Cosmos Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) ecosystem. Here's a summary of the key concepts and operations:
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    Security Model:

The CCV protocol is designed for chains that use a proof of stake mechanism. It relies on validators who bond (lock, stake) tokens to validate blocks. The amount of tokens bonded determines a validator's voting power. Misbehaving validators can be punished by slashing their bonded tokens. The security of consumer chains is based on the tokens validators bonded on the provider chain.
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CCV is a building block that enables shared security models. It allows chains to borrow security from more established chains, thus increasing the cost of attacking their networks. It also enables hub minimalism, keeping a hub in the Cosmos network as simple as possible to decrease the attack surface.
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The document introduces new terms such as Provider Chain (the blockchain that provides security), Consumer Chain (the blockchain that consumes security), and Validator Set Change (VSC - a change in the validator set of the provider chain that must be reflected in the validator sets of the consumer chains).
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    Channel Initialization:

The CCV protocol differentiates between chains that start directly as consumer chains and existing chains that transition to consumer chains. In both cases, consumer chains are created through governance proposals.
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    Validator Set Update:

This operation updates the validator sets of all the consumer chains based on the information obtained from the provider chain. It also enables the timely completion of unbonding operations.
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    Consumer Initiated Slashing:

(this will not be implemented on AVAX)
This operation enables the provider chain to slash and jail bonded validators that misbehave while validating on the consumer chain.
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    Reward Distribution:
This operation enables the distribution of block production rewards and transaction fees from the consumer chains to the validators on the provider chain.

2. Customization of Avalanche Subnets:

Currently, the subnets are a subset of the current p-chain validator list. This can be changed as long as the new validators are renting the required minimum AVAX amount from other providers in the network. The customization of subnets will allow for greater flexibility and control over the network's operations.

3. Collaboration with GoGoPool:

GoGoPool is reducing the 2000 AVAX requirement via a liquidity bootstrapping method, essentially AVAX lending plus staking 100 AVAX worth of GoGoPool tokens (GGP). Collaborating with GoGoPool can provide a way to lower the barrier to entry for new validators, thus increasing the security and decentralization of the network.

4. Integration of Interchain Security on Cosmos:

This will look a lot like interchain security on Cosmos. This will involve implementing the security model of Cosmos within the Landslide Network, allowing for shared security models and increased network security.

5. Creation of a Subnet that Uses ATOM in Addition to Staking AVAX:

This will involve creating a subnet that is also a zone that uses ATOM in addition to staking AVAX. This will allow for the integration of IBC and Warp together, providing greater flexibility and control over the network's operations.
This roadmap is ambitious and requires a deep understanding of blockchain technology, particularly the Cosmos IBC and Avalanche's infrastructure. However, it is a feasible plan that could greatly enhance the security and functionality of the Landslide Network.