I have a couple of questions regarding the SAFE Network’s resilience that I was hoping someone more knowledgeable might be able to comment on.
My first question concerns MaidSafe’s tendency to gradually move copies of data geographically closer to the place it is usually being requested from. (That’s my understanding of it, at least.) For example, imagine I have a unique file that only I use. There are four back-ups of this file, located relatively close to me (and will also gradually ‘follow’ me, even if I move to another part of the world—since I’m the only person requesting it, and so I’m not repeatedly pulling a file from a continent on the opposite side of the world). If so, in the extreme example of a city or region being heavily damaged (such as in a nuclear attack, or a catastrophic natural disaster) or somehow completely disconnected, would that result in a likely loss of data for many people? (My reasoning is that if all four back-ups are located in one region, heavy damage to that region could conceivably damage all four back-ups.)
My second question builds on this, and is in response to a comment David Irvine made in his Google Tech Talk from 2008 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLA77zxk-vA (from 45:44 to 47:15)]: He stated that if, for example, India got disconnected from the rest of the global SAFE Network, India would automatically form its own new SAFE Network, and could rejoin the global network at a later time after the issue had been resolved. But, my question is: If India became disconnected for a long period of time (let’s say ten years), how would that affect the network? Would there be difficulties in it re-joining the global network later? Would there be any conflicts or losses of data?