Cardano Project Catalyst: Dissecting the Imbalance in Voting Power

New statistics showcase the concentration of voting power within Cardano’s Project Catalyst, demonstrating significant imbalances between large and small ADA holders.

A mere 1.5% of wallet holders control over half of the total voting power. Most wallet holders with 1M to 5M ADA disproportionately influence the system. The bottom 50% of wallets barely register, holding only 1% of the total voting influence.

In a recent analysis of Project Catalyst, Cardano’s decentralized innovation engine, startling figures have emerged regarding the distribution of voting power among its participants. The analysis, derived from data collated by the LidoNation Catalyst tool, raises serious questions about decentralization and equitable representation within the platform.

Analyzing the voting power breakdowns for #ProjectCatalyst and wanted to share some interesting statistics.

There are a total of 57,118 wallets registered with 4.5 Billion total ADA.

The top 1.5% of all wallets control 56% of all voting power.

Bottom 50% of all wallets…

— Smart Contract Audit Token (@SCATDAO) September 3, 2023

According to the statistics, Project Catalyst currently has 57,118 registered wallets holding a combined total of 4.5 billion ADA. While this might suggest a decentralized landscape at first glance, a deeper look at the numbers reveals a more complicated picture. Alarmingly, the top 1.5% of all wallet holders control a staggering 56% of all voting power. This means that a very small fraction of the community has a disproportionately large say in the project’s direction.

But the imbalance does not end there. The data further divulges that the bottom 50% of wallet holders have virtually no influence, controlling a mere 1% of the voting power. Even more concerning is that the bottom 85% of wallets control only 8.5% of the overall voting power, making it evident that a select few hold the lion’s share of influence.

The analysis also highlights that the largest group of influential wallets fall in the 1M to 5M ADA range. They make up only 1.35% of total wallets but possess an astonishing 33% of all voting power. These middle-majority holders are significantly more powerful in shaping the project’s decisions than the vast majority of smaller wallet holders.

The highest single wallet holds 82.8 million ADA, further illustrating the concentration of power. With such a significant stake, this particular wallet has the capability to influence Project Catalyst’s innovation and development pathways dramatically. At the press, Cardano’s price is at $0.2566, with a decrease of 0.05 percent in the past 24 hours, indicating a sideways trend.

In summary, these statistics serve as a crucial reality check for the Cardano community and those interested in democratizing decentralized systems. The data reveals that Project Catalyst may need to reassess its voting structure to ensure a more equitable influence distribution. Otherwise, the platform risks becoming a playground for the elite few at the expense of the many, thus defeating the purpose of decentralization it aims to uphold.