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Quorum Proof Of Stake Bootstrapping


If you are using a private permissioned Quorum blockchain that uses proof of stake as its consensus mechanism how do you get Ether onto the chain in the first place?

The answer is when you create the chain you specify a genesis block which is the initial state of the chain. This is configured in a JSON file. An example of this can be found here. In this file you can specify accounts and balances in Ether which do not have passwords on. These accounts can then be used to fund other accounts on the chain.