Do hard forks in Bitcoin reduce its scarcity value?

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Do hard forks in Bitcoin reduce its scarcity value?
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The argument for a high value of Bitcoin is scarcity - i.e. "There will never be more than 21,000,000 in circulation." But doesn't each hard fork of Bitcoin (or its forks) "create" another 21,000,000 digital currency tokens? I realize some forks will die off for lack of interest, but not all - Bitcoin Cash, for example. Sorry if this is a naive question - I am a beginner in the blockchain/cryptocurrency world.

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Hi Steve!

So every hard fork that is created is no longer bitcoin itself. Since hardforks are major changes to the software therefore, if people continue to mine on it and are not in majority, then it becomes an entirely new cryptocurrency with its own mechanics and all. I hope that answers your question!

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