If all goes well, we earthlings will soon have dual citizenships: One for Earth and the other for space.
While the world is still mulling over conspiracy theories about aliens and extraterrestrial life, one scientist has built a new nation on the other side of the earth. The name of the scientist is Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, and he is the founding father of Asgardia — the name of this brave new world floating in outer space.
Unlike the Mars Mission, which was very picky in choosing inhabitants for the red planet, Asgardia offers a ray of hope for hundreds of thousands of earthlings looking to make a shift to space.
It’s just been three days, and netizens and space enthusiasts around the world have signed up for an Asgardian citizenship.
The first Asgardia satellite will be launched in 2017-2018 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the world’s first ever satellite in orbit, the company’s website stated. According to the company, Asgardia will not follow the rules and regulations of the earth.
“Asgardia is the prototype of a free and unrestricted society which holds knowledge, intelligence and science at its core along with the recognition of the ultimate value of each human life,” the website says.
The citizenship as of Monday morning (EST) stands at 37,825, and the numbers are growing every second.
The website has made it clear that it will not take the legalities we are bound to on Earth to Asgardia. However, Asgardia as a free nation will be recognized by the UN.
“Asgardia is a fully-fledged and independent nation, and a future member of the United Nations – with all the attributes this status entails: a government and embassies, a flag, a national anthem and insignia, and so on,” Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli said.
However, none of the conflicts on earth — be it political or religious — will be transferred to space. New space laws will be formulated to protect the interest of earthlings.
The scientist has also made it clear that unlike Earth, Asgardia will not be divided into states or countries. It will function as a single entity, where people are just earthlings.
“It is of crucial importance that space law does not become the law of the jungle. Today, only 20 countries on Earth out of about 200 have a space presence, and have, for example, plans to mine in space and lay claim to exclusivity and monopoly. We feel that this is not permissible. New space law has to equally protect the interests of every human being on Earth.”
How does one get Asgardian Citizenship?
After the UN recognizes Asgardia as a member nation, it will be followed by the granting of citizenships.
“The first Asgardians will be those who work in the fields of space research and exploration, and space technology, as well as investors in these fields, including small investors,” the website stated.
This could soon be a reality because UN has its very own Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which was set up by in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security, and development.
“The thing is, we are not selling pieces of land on the Moon or water in Antarctica. We’re actually not selling anything at all at the moment. Only after we have proven this idea with a confirmed launch of an equipped satellite may we begin talking about Asgardia’s budgets,” said Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli at a recent press conference.
Background checks and other procedures will be similar to the ones followed on Earth.
“Right now, work on the project is funded entirely from our personal private funds. It’s a clear-cut decision. We have now declared our concept and philosophy publicly and would like as many people as possible on the planet to find out about it. And, of course, we are going to make use of crowd funding and sourcing, and private donations. And we welcome cooperation with new partners and investors. Asgardia’s technical, legal and philosophical team is in the process of being set up Is it pioneering, futuristic and visionary – or madness? Call it what you will, and time will tell,” he said.
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