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Can the bitcoin MAX_MONEY attribute simply be changed from 21 Million to a higher number? If not what prevents this from being done?

What would happen to existing addresses and accounts if MAX_MONEY is changed and recompiled?

marked as duplicate by Nate Eldredge, Greg Hewgill, dchapes, Murch May 7 '14 at 9:41

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    The problem is everybody else has to agree with your decision. – Greg Hewgill May 5 '14 at 23:54
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    Just as in your other question, changing MAX_MONEY would cause a hard fork. – Nate Eldredge May 6 '14 at 0:23