Honestly @faddat, this is why I love the Network. There’s almost nothing that can be done to completely stop it.
However, the Network has a pretty heavy dependency on bandwidth. So if that’s limited either by state actors or corporations, then the Network will have a hard time gaining traction and mass adoption.
If you’ve seen the picture of the MaidSafe stack, then you know that the Network relies on everything underlying the IP layer - aka OSI layer 2 and some of layer 3. There’s not much any kind of malicious actor can do - regardless of their power or influence - to shut that down without disrupting the entire clearnet. And as that has risen to great predominance in this age, it would be hopeless for them to do so without terrific backlash.
This one of the great things about the Network - once it gets going, it can’t be stopped - as you are thinking about now - by outside actors. Which is why I’m very anxious to get it launched. Get the initial connections running first and build from there.