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As rpcongress stated, computational popular support (miners) is not what is required. Literal popular support would be required.

So let's call the fork that produces 42M units "FourtyCoin", and let's assume that the protocol is identical to Bitcoin in every other way. Vendors who currently accept Bitcoin are not automatically able to accept FourtyCoin because the coins are incompatible. Only vendors who see potential value in the currency would consider adopting it. For a currency that offers no functional advantage over Bitcoin, that is quite a leap to make.

But, for the sake of argument, let's assume that every Bitcoin vendor in existence decides to accept FourtyCoin. Now users have the choice of whether or not to adopt the currency, and at what rate they exchange Bitcoins for FourtyCoins (or they could, of course, try to mine them). Anyone who exchanges at a rate less than two FourtyCoins for every one Bitcoin is voluntarily deflating their money. Again, for a currency that has no other functional benefit over Bitcoin, it makes absolutely no sense to do so.

Now there are alternate currencies out there, some of which do extraordinarily interesting things... one could argue that they are superior to Bitcoin. (There was one such currency, Tennebrix, which was said to have a "laundry" mechanism, in which every transaction was blasted through a number of microtransactions to sufficiently obfuscate the recipient of a given transaction on the block chain, guaranteeing anonymity.) Despite being even more brilliantly designed than Bitcoin, they failed to gain the popular support that Bitcoin has, and have, therefore, faded into obscurity.

In the community, it's pretty well accepted that Bitcoin is a little clunky... (and they're saying this of the most technologically-advanced currency in the existence!). There are a few alts out there that have managed to survive, and it's presumed that there will eventually be a robust alt-coin that becomes the preferred "transacting" currency... Silver to Bitcoin's Gold, if you will. In the meantime, we have competition in currency... exactly what Ron Paul has been speaking to in the physical world. The developers are insanely intelligent, and the community does their research. They are not easily misled (the same can't be said of the coin-traders, but that's a different story). Popular support begins with the miners, who are engaged enthusiasts who believe in a fork.

Anyway, I'm rambling on. If you have any further questions, please feel free to message me. or the other folks on the borad who know their Bitcoin sh!t.

-Jix