Bitcoin: The Emerging Global Currency Standard Shaping Geopolitics

In the wake of the tumultuous trade war between the United States, China, and Russia, an unexpected player is emerging on the world stage: Bitcoin. This decentralized digital currency, once relegated to the fringes of the financial world, is now gaining momentum as a potential global currency standard. Its ascent holds the promise of reshaping geopolitics and providing significant advantages to various regions, notably Africa, while potentially heralding the end of France’s historic dominance in West Africa.

The Influence of Trade Wars on Bitcoin Adoption

The ongoing trade tensions between the USA, China, and Russia have created an environment of economic uncertainty. Tariffs, sanctions, and economic retaliation have become the norm, leaving nations and businesses searching for alternatives to traditional financial systems. Enter Bitcoin, a borderless and decentralized currency immune to the whims of geopolitics. The trade war has inadvertently accelerated Bitcoin adoption as individuals and institutions seek to diversify their holdings and hedge against currency devaluation.

The Advantages of Bitcoin as the Global Currency Standard

The adoption of Bitcoin as a global currency standard could bring several advantages. First and foremost, it offers transparency and security through blockchain technology, reducing the risk of corruption and fraud. Transactions are recorded on an immutable ledger accessible to all, fostering trust in a system that transcends borders.

Furthermore, Bitcoin eliminates the need for intermediaries like banks, reducing transaction costs and increasing financial inclusivity. Its decentralized nature empowers individuals to have full control over their wealth, making it particularly appealing in regions with unstable financial systems.

Benefits for Africans: Breaking Free from USD Dependency

Africans stand to gain significantly from a shift towards Bitcoin as a global currency standard. Many African nations have long relied on the US dollar as a reserve currency, exposing them to the volatility of foreign exchange markets. By embracing Bitcoin, they can reduce their dependency on the dollar, gaining more control over their economies and insulating themselves from the negative impacts of global financial fluctuations.

Bitcoin can also help bridge the gap in access to financial services in Africa, where millions remain unbanked. With just a smartphone and internet connection, anyone can participate in the global economy, empowering individuals and fostering economic growth.

The End of France’s Dominance in West Africa

France has historically maintained a strong economic presence in its former West African colonies through the CFA franc, a currency tied to the Euro. However, Bitcoin’s rise could disrupt this status quo. African nations adopting Bitcoin would have more autonomy over their monetary policies and the ability to bypass traditional financial systems, reducing their reliance on the CFA franc and potentially signaling the end of French dominance in the region.

In conclusion, as the trade war between the USA, China, and Russia continues to evolve, Bitcoin is emerging as a powerful force in the world of finance and geopolitics. Its advantages as a global currency standard hold the potential to reshape economies, empower individuals, and challenge the status quo. For Africa, in particular, Bitcoin offers a path to economic independence and a brighter future, while the old colonial powers may find their influence waning in the face of this digital revolution.


Such an interesting,educative and enlighten topic but after much reading, have some important questions.

(1) In what way can Bitcoin help to reduce the dependency of African countries on the US dollar.

(2) what manner can Bitcoin help to bridge the gap in access to financial services in Africa.

(3) Emulate the challenges that need to be overcome in order for Bitcoin to become a more widely adopted currency in Africa.

(4) Identify the potential impact of Bitcoin on the economies of African countries.

(5) By what method can Bitcoin’s decentralized nature make it a more attractive option for Africans than traditional currencies.

(6) In what way can governments and regulators in Africa ensure that Bitcoin is used responsibly and safely.

Really an interesting one as I’m a keen advocate of Bitcoin being the solution to the financial crisis, monopoly, capitalism, etc in Africa. Moving forward, I’d answer your questions on a general knowledge basis so feel free to draw my attention to any inaccurate answer or ask further questions.
Bitcoin can help reduce African countries’ dependency on the US dollar by providing:

  1. Hedging Against Devaluation: Bitcoin diversifies reserves, protecting against dollar devaluation.

  2. Financial Inclusion: Empowers the unbanked, reducing reliance on traditional banking tied to the dollar.

  3. Lower Costs: Bitcoin transactions are cost-effective for cross-border payments.

  4. Monetary Autonomy: Grants more control over economic policies.

  5. Capital Control Bypass: Offers an alternative during capital controls.

  6. Trade Facilitation: Simplifies international trade, reducing reliance on the dollar.

Bitcoin bridges Africa’s financial service gap by offering:

  1. Inclusivity: Needs just a smartphone and internet.

  2. Bankless Access: No reliance on traditional banks.

  3. Lower Costs: Minimal transaction fees.

  4. Global Transactions: Enables cross-border trade.

  5. Financial Empowerment: Individual control.

  6. Savings Protection: Hedge against inflation.

  7. Microtransactions: Supports small businesses.

This is solely based on my general knowledge of researches done on Bitcoin over time. Moving forward, to foster wider Bitcoin adoption in Africa, challenges like regulatory uncertainty, infrastructure limitations, lack of education, volatility, scams, exchange accessibility, power issues, and traditional banking resistance must be addressed. Overcoming these hurdles gradually can enable Bitcoin’s potential as a more widely used currency on the continent.

Bitcoin in African economies can:

  1. Boost Inclusion: Extend financial services to the unbanked.

  2. Cut Costs: Lower transaction fees for trade and remittances.

  3. Hedge Inflation: Protect savings from currency devaluation.

  4. Empowerment: Give individuals more control and foster entrepreneurship.

  5. Attract Investment: Stimulate growth and job creation.

  6. Reduce Dollar Dependency: Decrease reliance on foreign currencies.

  7. Foster Innovation: Drive fintech advancements.

  8. Attract Interest: Attract crypto-related tourism and investment.

These benefits come with regulatory and volatility challenges that must be addressed for full economic impact.


Bitcoin’s decentralization appeals to Africans by:

  1. Freedom from Control: No central authority or government interference.
  2. Global Transactions: Borderless, cost-effective transfers.
  3. Financial Access: Inclusivity with just internet access.
  4. Ownership Control: Full control over funds.
  5. Inflation Hedge: Protection against currency devaluation.
  6. Global Participation: Access to global opportunities.
  7. Privacy and Security: Enhanced privacy and security.
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Safe practices are always advised in matters bordering around financial services and one of the most common method of safe practices is regulation but regulation when overly stringent turns into centralization for a supposed decentralized model like Bitcoin for instance, case of study is my country Nigeria.
Moving forward, African governments and regulators can ensure safe Bitcoin use by:

  1. Clear Rules: Implement clear cryptocurrency regulations.

  2. Licensing: Require exchanges to obtain licenses.

  3. Public Education: Promote responsible usage.

  4. AML and KYC: Enforce anti-money laundering and ID verification.

  5. Cybersecurity: Set security standards.

  6. Taxation: Establish clear tax policies.

  7. Fraud Prevention: Combat fraud and scams.

  8. Global Cooperation: Collaborate internationally.

  9. Audits: Regularly audit crypto businesses.

  10. Sandbox Testing: Encourage innovation in controlled environments.

  11. Adaptability: Stay updated and adjust regulations as needed.

Hopefully these would be useful and curb your curiosity, just got off work, have a nice week ahead!


Nice read, but if the war is helping bitcoin gain the needed popularity in the global stage, why is it not reflecting in the price of bitcoin.

The coin is not appreciating.


Nice observation bro, it’s more of a spotlight thing than an actual adoption thing being spearheaded by global tension. Price would be directly affected once there’s global adoption.
The relationship between geopolitical events, such as trade wars, and the price of Bitcoin can be complex. While Bitcoin has gained attention as a potential hedge against economic instability and uncertainty, its price is influenced by a multitude of factors, not just one.
Therefore, it may not always correlate directly with the level of geopolitical instability or trade tensions. Investors should approach Bitcoin with a long-term perspective, considering its potential benefits and risks in their overall portfolio.


Our journalist at it again, nice read though,… keep up the good work :handshake:

Bro I was having cornflakes late night and I nearly choked at your comment haha :joy:

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Big man enjoying cornflakes by this time of the night,… enjoy and stay safe