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RUNE is the native token of ThorChain, a blockchain protocol for swapping crypto assets across networks. Call it "decentralized liquidity protocol," or "a cross-chain decentralized exchange (DEX)."
It's a unique protocol born of the Cosmos Software Development Kit (SDK), a popular framework for building application-specific blockchains.
In ThorChain's case, that's to serve as an automated market maker (AMM) for swapping assets across disparate chains with RUNE as the baseline pairing peg or settlement asset.
Founded in 2018 at a time when centralized exchanges were viewed as problematic for a host of reasons, security and governance among them, while their decentralized counterparts were seen as simply too illiquid. So ThorChain created an independent blockchain to bridge cross-chain transfers, using Continuous Liquidity Pools (CLPs) aimed at providing market participants liquidity automatically.
Designed to be most liquid in its own ecosystem, RUNE can be utilized several ways with the end result being creating value for the network.
To add liquidity to ThorChain, users can buy RUNE; it's also used for governance and as a way to reward liquidity providers. Additionally, it can be staked to earn fees supporting the CLPs which have their own on-chain and trustless (non-custodial, no third party) "basket" of liquidity.
Participants are incentivized to fill the basket, drawn by the fees earned staking RUNE on their network, upending the centuries-old central exchange market model which requires buyers and sellers to match up. The ratio of RUNE to whatever asset in the CLP that is being paired with it gets tracked by Bifrost, a multi-chain bridge protocol for developers who use multiple blockchain protocols. As an SDK-based, Cosmos-run chain, THORChain is powered by the "Tendermint BFT" consensus mechanism. It also uses Proof-of-Stake (PoS) for defending against "Sybil" attacks, where one bad actor tries to take over a network by creating multiple nodes as fast as you can create a phony Twitter handle.
That PoS element involves a "validators" process (running nodes, confirming transactions) via staked RUNE tokens. THORChain allows token holders to delegate to validators.
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