HI - I am a director of The Scotcoin Project Ltd which is the successor to the original Scotcoin project. -a little clarification is needed here.
The quote above promising free Scotcoin is from the original site and refers to the original coin. At the end of Nov 2014 all original Scotcoins were “burnt” and replaced with the Scotcoin Counterparty-based token. Our new team recently took over from the founder Derek Nisbet and bought out the IP and as much of the remaining stock of coins as we could locate. It is our intention again to distribute these as widely as possible to the people of Scotland (those of us lucky enough to have our main residence here). However there is a fixed supply of 1 billion SCOT so giving 5m+ Scots 1000 each is just not arithmetically. possible.
Before we distribute the coins we have been able to amass, we need to ensure there are outlets that will accept the tokens for goods and services. We do not wish to repeat the unfortunate experience of Iceland, who achieved good distibution of the Auroracoin but had few, if any, places to actually use the coin.
So for now the main focus of the Scotcoin Project is on education and setting up retailers and business to business links so that when we do start general distribution, there are genuine uses for the currency, rather than a curiosity or a mere plaything for the crypto exchanges. The wise gardener prepares the ground then sows the seed.
When the Maidsafe devs are ready, we are VERY keen to explore how we can use the SAFE network rather than the CounterParty protocol but this is necessarily a long-term aspiration rather than a fixed point on our roadmap.
Please support our project by actually buying some SCOT at coinvend.io/scotcoin or on Bittrex . SCOT can also be bought directly for GBP at Anaedv.
Follow us at http://scotcoinproject.com