What happens if a government tries to block or censor Status?

Status messenger does not use one central server to and from which communication can be blocked. Instead Status uses a distributed network of mail servers. This ensures resilience of the network. If a mail server is shut down you can connect to another mail server or start running your own. However, Status and mail servers in the network still rely on having an Internet connection. If the Internet is shut down through telecom providers you will not be able to use Status.