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> run your production stuff off a .com or country-level equivalent

In this case technically they did run from a country-level equivalent, .io is a ccTLD.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.io

Granted no one ever appears to use .io for it's original purpose as the ccTLD for the British Indian Ocean Territory...

ccTLD management is delegated to a company in that nation usually. Unfortunately not all of them are equally well managed - I wouldn't consider gTLDs _exactly_ comparable to ccTLDs in this regard. ccTLDs get to differ in pretty key ways from gTLDs, including deciding their own dispute resolution processes (gTLDs all use the UDRP).




Not particularly surprising, as the BIOT's only residents are the US and UK military, since the UK deported the 1500 Chagossians in the 70s.




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