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I would like to use an asset as sort of a "counter". I would have several accounts that get authorized to be counters, and they can create and send assets to a single account that is collecting all the "counts".

From what I understand that would at least require the count collector account to set up trustlines to all the "count" issuers. But the remaining question, as far as I can see, is whether or not you can have duplicate assets "declarations" (aka issuers).

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Yes, it's possible.

You can have multiple issuers issue assets with the same asset code. In order to achieve this, the "count collector account" would need to create trustlines for the same <asset_code> issued by each of issuer accounts. Then the issuer accounts can just send that <asset_code> (issued by themselves) to the count collector account to increase the count.

However, there will not be a "total count" displayed by Horizon for the <asset_code> in the count collector's account because these assets are treated as different assets since the issuer for each of these assets will be different (even though the <asset_code> is the same). To sum up the total count for the <asset_code> you will need to do this using custom code (simple for loop over balances).

  • Right. I just assumed that an asset is defined as a tuple of code and issuer. But for @Gjermund's purpose, he might only need to count the tokens regardless of issuer. They'd be different assets, but he needn't care. – Synesso Apr 30 '18 at 22:31
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Would it suffice your needs to have:

  • a single issuer
  • several distributors seeded with a pool of tokens from the issuer (which can be replenished if necessary)
  • a single counter to receive the tokens
  • Yes that solves the problem. It is the backup-plan. It is just a bit more overhead than I would like. I just want to know if the solution outlined in the question is possible or not. – Gjermund Bjaanes Apr 30 '18 at 13:48

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