Here's How to Become a Citizen of Asgardia, the New "Space Nation" Founded By a Billionaire

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 12:38PM
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 12:38PM
Here's How to Become a Citizen of Asgardia, the New "Space Nation" Founded By a Billionaire
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On the heels of Trump's announcement that he wants to make the long-discussed "Space Force" a reality, the fledgling space nation known as Asgardia has announced its first leader, Russian scientist and billionaire Igor Ashurbeyli. Though Asgardia doesn't currently possess any territory on Earth, it has roughly 200,000 "citizens" who have signed up to join the country via the internet, and has ambitious plans to not only establish habitats in low-Earth orbit and the Moon, but to elevate humanity as a species. At the lavish ceremony this Monday, the newly inaugurated Ashurbeyli – who founded the country – claimed that "We have established all branches of a nation. I can declare that Asgardia has been born."


 

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At least on the surface, Asgardia does have all the things it needs to be a functioning country: it has its own constitution, flag, anthem, and elected representatives, and is working on using a new cryptocurrency called SOLAR to form the basis of its economy. As for its connection to Earth, Ashurbeyli says he plans on making the nation self-reliant, as opposed to the symbiotic "Moon Valley" concept proposed by Japanese scientists and researchers. "Asgardia will build an infrastructure that is independent from ground-based systems on Earth," said Ashurbeyli. "Asgardians will carry handheld devices with integrated passports, credit cards and conventional smartphones." Although the country still lacks any discernible land mass, they've released some pretty cool concept art on their media page and, of course, their Instagram account.



Ashurbeyli seems to be toeing the line between breaking away from Earth's nations and becoming a sort of transcendental space-friend to all countries. On the one hand, he is lobbying to make access to space a human right for all people, rather than a privilege that can be restricted by Earthly governments, circumventing the Outer Space Treaty: "We believe that the creation of a new legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth and deep space is crucial to keep pace with humanity's rapid technological and scientific expansion off-planet," said Ashurbeyli. "Universal space law and astro-politics have to replace the current outdated international space law and geopolitics."



On the other hand, Ashurbeyli seems to have high hopes that Asgardia will be recognized as a sovereign nation by pretty much everybody: "Asgardia will achieve recognition as an independent space state by means of bilateral agreements with as many states on earth as possible, as well as accession to international organizations both intergovernmental and non-governmental." Some of Ashurbeyli's more altruistic plans include providing global internet and access to Asgardian technology, as well as creating a fleet to defend Earth from asteroids. In the end, Ashurbeyli sees Asgardia less as a country and more as the next step in human development: "Outer space is endless and space exploration will give homo sapiens the chance to become immortal as a species."

If you want to become a citizen, you may want to sign up now: Ashurbeyli is said to be considering IQ tests as a citizenship requirement, which, given some of the goings-on here on Earth, may not be a bad idea.
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