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if so, would this cause a Fork? or what would happen?

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    Every node has their own UTXO set. Nobody knows or cares about what miners do in theirs. If they produce an invalid block however (for example because it spends a UTXO that doesn't exist), that block will be rejected. – Pieter Wuille Nov 11 at 22:06
  • wow if this is the real Pieter Wuille - i am honored to haveu answer this noobie question - thank you ! i asked this question because of what Faketoshi said: 'If a court orders mining pools to seize funds, they will modify their software to do it, or be shut down' - i thought this couldnt happen because nodes would reject - but can you explain what would really happen? thanks in advance - i am learning - long way to go – user100601 Nov 11 at 22:37
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    @user100601: Hey, welcome. Could you please edit your question to put the clarifying information there instead of the comments? Thanks! – Murch Nov 11 at 23:09

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