[Proposal] Terra x Citadel DAO - Accelerating the growth of BTC/4pool

This proposal was reviewed and collaborated on with the TFL team prior to posting


To further align the two DAO’s, accelerate Terra’s yield influence, grow Terra’s BTC treasury and support the growth of 4pool on Curve, we’re proposing the Terra Community Pool joins Frax Finance in participating in the initial Citadel DAO launch event using treasury capital.


Citadel is a treasury DAO aiming to be the largest community owned Bitcoin position in the world. The treasury and protocol will be governed by the CTDL token, with a predominant Bitcoin treasury actively earning yield and shared with long term CTDL holders. Citadel DAO is a sub DAO to Badger.

It will leverage unique funding mechanics to accelerate the continuous growth of its treasury while using the power of BadgerDAO’s tried and tested vault strategies to optimize its yield.

To ensure it can create sustainable yield on its Bitcoin positions it will hold not only Bitcoin (+ BTC LP’s), but also yield influence assets across DeFi (eg. CVX, FXS and BADGER). This enables Citadel to wield large influence across multiple ecosystems and fight for Bitcoin to get the yield it deserves.

How Citadel DAO works

The way the Citadel protocol works is very innovative yet simple. Users can Swap, stake and/or lock.

With a very similar experience to making a trade on a decentralized exchange, with 1 click users can SWAP Bitcoin or yield influence assets for xCTDL (staked CTDL) at a discount to the current market price on a continuous basis.

We call this “funding” and it’s the main source of treasury growth.

xCTDL holders receive continuous emissions in the form of CTDL determined by the fixed elastic emissions model.

Holders of xCTDL will also have the option to LOCK their xCTDL for a fixed period of 7 epochs (each epoch is 3 weeks, so this amounts to 21 weeks). In return for locking xCTDL, lockers will receive the following additional rewards:

  • 2x boost on CTDL emissions (for example, if a user was receiving 1% of CTDL emissions when staking xCTDL, they would receive 2% with vlCTDL).
  • Share of Funding revenue generated — paid out in BTC
  • Share of treasury yield — paid out in BTC
  • Governance rights to vote on whitelisting protocols for Citadel treasury deployment and which assets to accept for continuous funding (ie. allow for swapping to discounted xCTDL).

To better understand how Citadel works, CTDL token mechanics and elastic emissions, review Citadel DAO’s tokenomic deep dive article here Citadel Tokenomics: A Deep Dive. A closer look at Citadel’s Tokenomics… | by Citadel DAO | Mar, 2022 | Medium

To dig into Citadel protocol open source code: GitHub - Citadel-DAO/citadel-contracts: converting Citadel contracts to foundry

CTDL Launch Event

Citadel DAO’s goal is to have a completely fair and transparent launch while distributing ownership of CTDL to not only users that participate early but to a select group of DAO’s/dapps across our ecosystem, that align with the core values of Citadel. Their alignment and vested interest will accelerate Citadel’s ability to effectively deploy its treasury to benefit all participants in the ecosystem.

We call this launch the Citadel Knighting Round.

Over the course of multiple days users will be able to swap BTC and yield influence assets for xCTDL.

Only users who qualify for the whitelist can participate in the launch event. The whitelist selection criteria will be based on a combination of actions users have taken in the Badger ecosystem and in our partners dapps. The group of partners/knights have been revealed over the last month and consists of;

  • Frax
  • Convex
  • Redacted
  • Ren
  • Alchemix
  • Tokemak
  • JonesDAO
  • Terra

All of the Citadel Knights are also whitelisted to participate in the launch event themselves, leveraging their treasuries.

The current launch event details being discussed amongst Citadel DAO community members are as follows;

  • Round 1(Core Treasury Boostrap): Uncapped, whitelist participants only, open to bribes, fixed price of $21/CTDL

    • Accepted assets: WBTC, bibbtc/sbtc (ibbtc Badger vault token), ETH, FRAX, USDC and UST
    • Assets will be rebalanced post launch to reflect the Citadel DAO policy teams ideal treasury composition for optimizing yield and BTC exposure
  • Round 2 (Yield Influence) : Capped (amount TBD), no whitelist, no bribes, fixed price of $25/CTDL

    • Accepted assets: Badger and CVX

Token distribution

This launch event is the ONLY distribution of CTDL tokens. There were no prior investment rounds, private or public.

To ensure a fair valuation of Citadel DAO at launch the following token distribution breakdown was developed by community contributors. Community sale includes round 1 & 2 as outlined above.

  • Partners and Badger (5% + 10% respectively) will receive vote locked CTDL which will remain locked for 21 weeks.

  • Operations (10%) allocation will be uncirculating and with the DAO to decide how to best utilize it in the future.

  • Early contributors (5%) will receive 33% of their allocation at launch with the remaining 67% vested over 21 weeks.

  • LP (10%) allocation is CTDL which will be paired with wbtc and 100% of it added to the Curve v2 pool to support liquidity for the CTDL token.

  • The community sale (60%) amount will be distributed as xCTDL at launch of the protocol after the completion of the 2 public rounds.

After the launch event vlCTDL, will immediately be enabled along with the rest of Citadel’s protocol mechanics (swap, stake and lock) and the start of putting the treasury assets to work.

For a comprehensive overview of all the details of Citadel DAO please review our introduction article: Introducing the Citadel DAO. Citadel is a treasury DAO aiming to be… | by Citadel DAO | Medium


Terra Community Pool participates in Round 1 of launch

To further align the two DAO’s, accelerate Terra’s yield influence, grow Terra’s BTC treasury and support the growth of 4pool on Curve, we’re proposing the Terra Community Pool joins Frax Finance and participates in the initial launch event using treasury capital. This is at the same fixed price as the whitelisted users from partner communities and the only distribution of pre-protocol launch CTDL.

To gain community wide sentiment, we’re proposing 3 different participation amounts for the purpose of deciding the adequate allocation collectively;

  • $21M in UST @$21 per CTDL = 1,000,000 CTDL
  • $15M in UST @$21 per CTDL = 714,285 CTDL
  • $11M @$21 per CTDL = 523,809 CTDL

What will Citadel DAO do with the UST?

Create deep liquidity for BTC/4 Pool on Curve

Citadel will pair the UST provided with WBTC from its treasury (in a new wbtc/4pool) and provide liquidity for the Curve v2 pool it intends to launch. Today most of the volume of BTC <> stablecoins on Curve goes through the tricrypto pool. Introducing deep liquidity for the 4pool against BTC, will provide additional utility for UST and alternative routes for swapping with BTC on Curve. This is, of course, contingent on the creation and gauge approval for 4pool – if the gauge.

Outside of providing liquidity, Citadel DAO will collaborate with Terra and Frax to support yield on this pool through its Convex farming strategy. Using its potentially large CVX position along with bribing, Citadel DAO will help in pushing vote weight to optimize the CRV and CVX rewards allocated to this pool via bi-weekly Curve/Convex gauge votes. This will not only help with the wbtc/4pool, but also the overall adoption of 4pool across DeFi.

To optimize the returns and increase influence for Citadel leveraging this pool, Badger will design a custom LP vault (wbtc/4pool) that leverages a Convex farming strategy. This vault will allow Citadel to earn more CVX (locked) to influence the yield on this pool, grow liquidity while creating a flywheel to redistribute BTC to CTDL lockers (which LFG could be one of the largest).

For reference another Citadel partner (knight) Frax Finance has had a similar proposal approved through their governance for participating in the Citadel round 1 launch. That proposal is very complimentary to this proposal as both would have Citadel DAO pairing Frax or UST with its BTC to provide liquidity in the wbtc/4pool. With up to 2x the liquidity provided to the wbtc/4pool and yield influence from their collective CVX positions, Frax + Terra + Citadel become a force together.

FRAX - $11M INVESTMENT + $2M Bribe

What does Terra get from this?

Terra will receive voted locked CTDL (vlCTDL) in exchange for their participation, which has a 21 week lock.

This will earn boosted CTDL emissions (2x and expected at 3 digit APY to start), BTC cash flow from treasury yield generated & funding revenue and the ability to participate in governance for whitelisting new protocols for treasury deployment and determining which assets the treasury can accept.

As described in the Tokenomics Deep Dive, Citadel will be distributing a portion of its treasury yield and funding revenue (revenue generated from users directly purchasing xCTDL from the treasury on an ongoing basis) to users who lock their xCTDL.

Citadel’s Treasury yield and funding revenue distribution will be divided as follows:

Funding Revenue

  • 10% to holders of vlCTDL
  • 10% to the DAO (Operations/LP)
  • 80% to the Treasury

Treasury Yield

  • 50% of yield to holders of vlCTDL
  • 50% of the yield will be used for auto-compounding treasury positions

LFG would directly benefit from the yield being generated on the Citadel DAO treasury, which would consist partially of the UST received for participation. It will also receive a consistent flow of BTC into its own treasury that could be used to further grow the backing of BTC in UST.

LFG would also have influence over how the treasury is deployed and which assets the treasury takes in. This is important for ensuring Citadel DAOs long term alignment with Terra.

Citadel + Terra become a force TOGETHER

Together, Citadel and Terra can support yield on bitcoin, grow utility of UST, grow 4pool adoption, have another strategic partner in the Curve renaissance and Terra can gain significant influence around one of the largest BTC treasuries in the world.

Bribe to Earn More Influence

There is 5% of the entire CTDL supply allocated to partners of Citadel. By using the Hidden Hand platform from Redacted DAO (with an existing Terra partnership and plans for expansion https://hiddenhand.finance ) during the launch event, users can vote for 1 of the 9 partner DAO’s when participating in the sale. The more votes a partner DAO gets, the larger share of the 5% supply they will receive.

Separate from the proposed participation of $21, $15M or $11M, to gain a larger share of this pool, we propose a $2M ONE TIME bribe in the form of LUNA that will go directly to users.

This would amplify all of the outlined benefits in the previous sections, as LFG would become an even larger vlCTDL holder increasing its overall yield in CTDL and BTC.

For modeling purposes, if Citadel were to have a $200M full diluted market cap at launch, the 5% of total supply would be valued at $10,000,000. Due to the elastic emissions, the vlCTDL has non dilutive properties which will enable LFG to maintain its large position over time.

How will the participation and bribe amounts be executed?

Prior to the community sale, LFG would send the approved participation amount in UST to the Citadel DAO multisig, which is governed by its token holders and 5 signers. Citadel DAO would then send the LFG xCTDL at the time of token & protocol launch after the completion of the 2 community rounds. LFG would then lock that xCTDL as vlCTDL via the Citadel DAO smart contracts.

For the $2M LUNA bribe, that would be handled exclusively through the Hidden Hands platform with no control by the Citadel DAO.


We’re looking forward to discussing this proposal with the Terra community here on the forum and gaining sentiment around the direction they would like to go.


Discord - discord.gg/citadeldao

Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheCitadel_DAO

Github - GitHub - Citadel-DAO/citadel-contracts: converting Citadel contracts to foundry

Blog - https://thecitadeldao.medium.com/

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Have yet to hear of Citadel so took a bit to do some reading prior.

It seems like a good opportunity - and a continuation of Badger’s original goal; to expand bitcoin through DeFi. A few questions to better understand some details:

For the Bootstrap - will you be working with a launch partner?

Or will this exchange be OTC? Seems to be an extensive list of options.

2nd, how did you arrive at this price of $21 per CTDLY token? What comps were used as a benchmark?

To my understanding this proposal includes two asks:

  1. $21, $15M, or $11M from the Community Pool for X CTDL
  2. $2M bribe from supported by LFG?

FRAX’s investment size seems like a distraction and our participation should be viewed individually.

Lastly, are the signers on the multi-sig known or anonymous? At a number of 5 signers sounds like these are folks who would be helpful to trust…

Such a good idea!


Hey Fig,

Thanks for the questions and I’ll try my best to help answer them.

For the bootstrap Citadel DAO built smart contracts to handle participation with any of the assets listed below your question. Users would choose which asset they want to participate with and deposit them into the contract. Then when the CTDL token is launched after the knighting round finishes, they will be able to claim the appropriate amount of xCTDL.

Price per CTDL is arbitrary in this situation since the market cap of Citadel DAO will be based on how much capital is allocated during this round. As outlined in the token distribution diagram below, this is the only token generation event and the market cap will be a product of how much capital will be allocated by participants which is important for a treasury DAO. 60% of the entire supply is being allocated here so if $200M for example was allocated the then the fully diluted total market cap would be $334M. If the price was $21, $10, $5 it wouldn’t matter since its a product of total participation in the round.

FRAX’s size is directly tied to this proposal since it too is about supporting liquidity on wbtc/4pool. Citadel DAO would be doing the same thing with the FRAX as the UST and together all three protocols would support the yield on this new pool.

Signers are known folks from the Badger community who govern their variety of multisigs and have done so for the last 16 months.

Thanks for the quick reply!

Would you mind sharing the names and addresses of these signers above?

2nd - have these smart-contracts been audited:

Thanks for your transparency here and dedication to growing BTC & 4pool assets.

No problem.

At Badger DAO the multisig policies are held to a high standard of transparency around what actions are being taken, when, by which wallets etc. All in a human readable and verifiable format. You can see all this in the Github board below which is in real time.

In terms of the individuals names, for their personal security they aren’t shared and instead the community relies on the integrity of the signers who have executed thousands of transactions since inception as defined by community governance while enabling anyone to see exactly what the transaction is doing. Along with a 48 hour timelock for transactions that could affect significant funds or permission changes from the developer multisig which is the highest authority mutlisig at Badger DAO. Citadel DAO will have a similar setup.

You can see a breakdown of access controls and policies for Citadel DAO contracts and multisigs here citadel-contracts/access-control.md at main · Citadel-DAO/citadel-contracts · GitHub

Smart contracts have gone through 3 independent auditors including a contest with Codearena (arguably the best security researchers in our space) for $75k as seen here https://code4rena.com/contests/2022-04-badger-citadel-contest


Guys, the on-chain vote does not indicate at which level we will be participating

$21, $15M or $11M - it would be best to show this before blindly approving the vote.

I understand you have worked with TFL but believe it is best to be transparent with the community.

Probably shaken by recent events, I had this dream:

  1. Borrow BTC
  2. Give it to LFG for UST
  3. Attack UST peg
  4. Buy cheap LUNA
  5. Vote to get yourself free UST from the community
  6. Buy back BTC with LUNA and UST
  7. Find exiting new ways to use the 4pool and cheap fiat money to rip both Badger and Terra communities
  8. Rinse & repeat

What are the statutes of the two DAOs (Citadel and Badger) and what exactly does the LUNA community benefit from this proposal?
I’m interested in Citadel DAO general goals and how they align with Terra.
Also, Do we want CTDL, FRAX, CRV, CVX? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


Too many bells are ringing now sorry, I’m considering “No with veto” until I can get clear answers,
Thank you.


Based on current situation in Terra, voting no for all non-critical proposals. Please bring back the proposal (as appropriate/revised) once things are back to normal. Thanks for all the effort you put in for this proposal.

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