The Fantom Governance Wars

Made popular by Curve on Ethereum, “Wars”, refers to the competition for liquidity on a specific protocol (e.g, Spirit Swap – Spirit Wars). These “Wars” affect the flow of money in DeFi in profound ways and could make or break both protocols and farmers. Let’s get up to speed on the Fantom Governance Wars and see how we can take full advantage as farmers. 

The Stakes

The usual participants of any governance war include:

  • DEX or Lending protocol with high liquidity 

  • Protocols looking to acquire more liquidity

  • Yield aggregators that acquire governance power and establish a secondary market

Governance Wars occur on protocols with high liquidity and gauge controlled emissions that are managed by governance votes. Commonly, such protocols are either:

  1. DEXs
  2. Lending Protocols

Governance Wars begin when protocols like these allow their token holders to vote on how their emissions are allocated to their pools. Other protocols want control of these allocations so they have them directed to their own tokens and thus drive up the value of their pool.Currently, the following protocols are engaged in the Fantom Governance Wars: 

  • Spirit Swap
  • Beethoven-X
  • Hundred Finance 

When users stake with these protocols they receive their governance token as rewards $SPIRIT, $BEETS, and $HND, respectively.To discourage users from dumping and also add utility to their tokens protocols incentivize users to lock their tokens. Locking tokens earns users  veTokens which grant users the following:

  • Rewards generated by platform trading Fees 

  • Boosted yields from LPs

  • And most importantly for our discussion, Voting power to control rewards for LPs.

    The Belligerents

    Other projects looking to gain market share and acquire liquidity for their tokens can do so by directing emissions to their own tokens and pools. So, they are very keen to acquire as much voting power and thus, locked tokens as possible. Current projects looking for liquidity are typically  algorithmic stable coins and new, emerging protocols like:

  • Frax Finance – Frax (Algo Stablecoin)
  • Deus Finance – Dei (Algo Stablecoin)
  • OneRing Finance Summit
  • Many others. 

The usual strategy is to acquire massive amounts of governance tokens in order to compete in the wars and drive liquidity to their liquidity pools. 

Alternatively, some protocols find it more budget-friendly to bribe users who already have voting power instead. Bribes are advantageous for users as well since they offer additional passive income on a bi-weekly basis. 

So far, we’ve got three major groups involved in the war. We have the protocol running the governance vote, the protocols seeking to capture allocations by winning votes and the voters themselves.

The final participants in these wars are the yield aggregators. The yield aggregators battling in the governance wars on Fantom are:

  • Liquid Driver
  • Beefy Finance
  • Tarot Finance
  • Beluga Finance
  • Ola Finance
  • Grim Finance

    Yield aggregators also aim to hold huge amounts of governance tokens to compete in the wars. They effectively create secondary markets for governance as they re-distribute rewards and certain perks to users of their protocol.  

    Common strategies yield aggregators employ include:

  • Boosted pools
  • Wrapped governance tokens 

The Weapons

Boosted pools

Yield aggregators use their existing governance power to boost yields for users that stake their LP tokens on their protocol.  Users can provide liquidity for pools of a DEX and stake the LP tokens on the yield aggregator of their choice to receive the initial APY% + a boost. This encourages more users to use their protocol and thus further increases their voting power as staked governance tokens are essentially delegating their votes to the yield aggregator.

Wrapped Governance Tokens 

Yield aggregators also use their positions to create wrapped versions of governance tokens that are pegged 1:1. Wrapped tokens allow users to stake their tokens and receive rewards that they would’ve received if they locked their tokens. Unlike locked tokens, wrapped governance tokens are liquid; meaning you can un-stake and swap them for other tokens at any time.  Some examples include:

  • binSPIRIT (Beefy Finance wrapped $SPIRIT)
  • linSPIRIT (Liquid Driver wrapped $SPIRIT)
  • beHND (Beluga Finance wrapped $HND)

Wrapped tokens allow yield aggregators to continue their quest of acquiring massive amounts of governance power. There are a couple of aggregators that have innovated the wrapped token experience. 

linSPIRIT

Liquid Driver’s wrapped version of inspirit, linSPIRIT, can be staked on Liquid Driver. Staking in Liquid Driver’s autocompounder produces a receipt token, slinSPIRIT. slinSPIRIT can be used as collateral for borrowing the stablecoin Mai or FTM on @Marketxyz.

This enables more complex leveraging strategies. 

rainSPIRIT

rainSPIRIT is Ola Finance’s wrapped version of inSPIRIT. rainSPIRIT  is unique because it can be staked in Ola’s bribe farms allowing the wrapped tokens to earn additional yields from bribes. 

beBEETS

Developed by beluga finance, beBEETS allows users to unlock the full potential of their fBEETS. Users who stake their fBEETS on beluga receive boosted rewards and the ability to direct BELUGA emissions on Beethoven-X. This allows users to participate in two different governance votes using the same token. Capital efficiency and democratic efficiency!

Liquid Driver

Though there are many yield aggregators with impressive strategies, Liquid Driver has managed to produce strategies that have cemented its position as a kingmaker in the Fantom ecosystem. 

As Fantom’s native liquidity mining dApp, Liquid Driver holds a majority share of governance power in Spirit Swap, Hundred Finance, and several other protocols. They are also the only protocol on Fantom to keep their wrapped tokens at the peg. 

Liquid Driver can be viewed as a sort-of Fantom Index Fund. Liquid Driver’s token $LQDR can be locked for $xLQDR which rewards users tokens from various other blue-chip protocols, granting optimal exposure. If you’re looking for more liquid options they offer cLQDR and fNFTs. 

Another innovation from Liquid Drive is Shadow Farms. When Shadow Farms is released  users will be able to single stake $BOO, $SPIRIT, or $BEETS and receive the yield-bearing version of the staked token as a reward  (xBOO, linSPIRIT, fBEETS).

If you’d like to read more about Liquid Driver check this thread out 👇:

https://twitter.com/DefiVaults/status/1514111700445765634?s=20&t=clxf8xzHmvK-Po910fCJ8w

War Profiteering for Farmers

Ensure you take your time to do research on each of these projects and their unique risks and how they fit into your own personal strategy as they are beyond the scope of this article. Here are 2 strategies for Farmers looking to benefit from the ongoing Defi Wars:

xLQDR (manual)

cLQDR (auto)

xLQDR

Staking LQDR for xLQDR allows you to earn rewards in $BEETS, $linSPIRIT, $BOO, $LQDR, $SPELL, and $DEUS. Users can swap their rewards or they can create positions to participate in the #Beetswars and/or #Spiritwars. Here’s what you should do with your xLQDR rewards if you want to participate:

BEETS

  • Stake Beets for fBEETS on Beethoven-X. Staking fBEETS is unique from a lot of other voting systems.
  • Staked tokens aren’t locked.- fBEETS consists of 80% BEETS, and 20% FTM.

  • This allows users to engage in bribe voting every 2 weeks and gives them the ability to earn rewards from swap fees, fBEETS staking rewards, and farm rewards. For example, users can currently earn ~$14 every 2 weeks in bribes for staking $400 worth of fBEETS (1000 fBEETS). Additionally, users get a 54% APY from the rewards and fees. 

Linspirit

  • Swap linSPIRIT to rainSPIRIT and stake in the Cre8r bribe farm. Swap rewards to $rainSPIRIT to increase position

BOO

  • Stake Boo on Reaper Farm.  

LQDR

  • Lock LQDR for more xLQDR to increase your position and boost output.

SPELL & DEUS

  • Swap $SPELL, and $DEUS to a stablecoin to increase your stablecoin position, and take profits. 

If you’re locking xLQDR for more than a year you should purchase an fNFT instead to increase your ability to liquidate your position in the future.

cLQDR

The second strategy consists of simply buying cLQDR and holding it. cLQDR is the auto-compounding version of xLQDR. Over time it will grow, allowing users to put their investment on auto-pilot. 

Conclusion

As you can see, the Fantom Governance Wars have managed to improve the cohesion of the ecosystem while increasing yields for users. 

All the while, Liquid Driver has secured its spot as the kingmaker of Fantom.

Here are some resources to stay up-to-date with the ongoing Fantom governance wars:

  • defiwars.xyzbeetswars.live@defiwars_@spiritswap@beethoven_x@Liquid Driver @Beefy finance@Tarot finance@Beluga finance@Ola Finance@Grim finance

This article was written by community member Defi Kai. Check him out on Twitter @Defivaults or join his mailing list at Deficryptovaults.com.

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