Asgardia (nation)

Asgardia
Micronation
Status Proposed nation
Official languages English as a language of communication
Demonym Asgardian
Government
• Head of Nation
Igor Ashurbeyli
Establishment
• Declaration of creation
12 October 2016
Membership ~577,000 (~ 179,000 verified)[1]

The proposal for the nation of Asgardia was announced on October 12, 2016 by Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, the founder of the Aerospace International Research Centre and Chairman of UNESCO's Science of Space Committee.[2] The proposed nation intends to promote peace and collaboration as mankind expands into outer space and ultimately aims to be recognised as a nation state.

History

On the website of Asgardia people were invited to register for "citizenship" with the aim of applying to the United Nations for recognition as a nation state. Official site asgardia.space was launched on October 12, 2016, and over 100,000 people applied in next 40 hours after announcement[3] and over 500,000 in first 20 days. On October 31, 2016 initial registration was put on hold and Dr. Ashurbeyli addressed registered Asgardians asking to verify their identity and vote for his current position as the Head of Nation[4] enabling him to represent Asgardia in all necessary ways to achieve its statehood. After the second level of verification the number of Asgardians reduced and now the site counter is showing the total amount of verified Asgardians only.

On December 20, 2016, an official Asgardian forum was created.[5] An announcement on the Asgardia website stated that the forum is being staffed by volunteers, who formerly ran the official Asgardia Facebook groups.[6] This effort is being assisted by a volunteer group known as Civic Asgardia, which is aiding in moderating the forum and official Asgardia Facebook pages, project development and manpower structure.[citation needed]

On January 21, 2017, after more than 150,000 people have expressed their support, Igor Ashurbeyli was officially announced as a Head of Nation by Decree 1.[7]

Concept of Asgardia

The project's concept[8] comprises three fundamental parts - philosophical, legal and scientific/technological. The essence of Asgardia is Peace in Space and the prevention of Earth's conflicts being transferred into space.

Asgardia’s philosophical aspects are to serve humanity and each and everyone, regardless of personal welfare and the prosperity of the country where they happen to be born and to digitalise the noosphere, creating a mirror of humanity in space but without Earthly division into states, religions and nations.

Asgardia’s legal aspects include, but are not limited to, creation of legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth and deep space, proposing "astropolitics" as opposed to "geopolitics" to be the scope preventing conflicts in space.

Asgardia’s scientific and technological component can be explained in just three words – peace, access and protection. Technical structure comprises three main segments these are one or several core satellites, cluster of network-centric small satellites and protective space platform. The widest participation in the project of interested scientists and companies, without limiting them by our own vision of the technological side of things at the moment.

The project is funded and developing entirely from private funds and do not involve any crowd funding - that is a clear-cut decision of the Founding Father.

Asgardia’s technical, legal and philosophical teams are in the process of setting up. 

Etymology

Asgardia is named after the ancient Norse mythological city Asgard, the city of the gods. The naming of the first space nation Asgardia is intended to convey the realization of man’s eternal dream to leave the Earth and expand into the Universe.

Government

Asgardia will be governed by a council of twelve ministers.[9] The following ministers constitute the Government of Asgardia:

  • Ministry of Information and Communication
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Science
  • Ministry of Citizenship
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Trade and Commerce
  • Ministry of Youth and Education
  • Ministry of Safety and Security
  • Ministry of Equity and Resource
  • Ministry of Administrative Affairs

The 12th Ministry will be selected on the basis of the public discussion.

The final ministries pool will be confirmed after voting for the Constitution and Declaration of Unity that will be held on Asgard 1st of the 1st Asgardian year (June 18, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar).

Constitution

Voting for the Constitution is set on Asgard 1st of the 1st Asgardian year (June 18, 2017 in the Gregorean calendar) on Unified Voting Day.[10] The draft of constitution will be offered for public discussion prior voting.

Calendar

The Asgardian calendar[11] uses a 13-month format of 28 days each, with one day that does not belong to any month, which is called Year Day and coincides with December 31. The year starts on January 1st. The calendar is based on the concept of the International Fixed Calendar. The concept of the fixed calendar was reviewed by Dr. Ashurbeyli and adapted for Asgardian use as the Space Nation. The additional month of a year is called Asgard and it lasts between June and July in the Gregorian calendar.

National Holidays

There is an announcement of the following national holidays in Decree 002[12] from Head of Nation:

  • Asgard 1st in the Asgardian calendar (June 18, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar) – Asgardian National Unity Day;
  • October 5 in the Asgardian calendar (October 12, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar) – Asgardia’s Birthday;
  • “Year Day” in the Asgardian calendar (December 31, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar).

Official Languages

Although it was not officially announced, English is considered to be the language of public communication of Asgardia.[citation needed] Asgardia volunteers make the best effort to provide a translation into other languages to facilitate communication.[citation needed]

Geography

Asgardia is the first nation not to have land or a capital city on Earth. It seeks habitation in space rather than on an existing planet, asteroid or any other kind of celestial body. It is planned to launch the first unmanned Asgardian satellite in late 2017, and by doing so it will, from that time onwards, guarantee permanent physical presence of Asgardia in space. In a long-term vision this would lead to human habitation in space.

Religion

Asgardia does not have any religion. At the same time as a new nation based on philosophy of human freedom, Asgardia leaves it up to each invidiual to maintain his or her beliefs coming from the Earth origin. Every citizen is granted freedom of personal belief as long as this choice respects the choice of others. 

Demographics

The current population of Asgardia consists of citizens of 217 countries speaking more than 20 languages. Administration of Asgardia organizes regional groups on forum and in social networks to allow Asgardians communicate in their native languages.

Flag, insignia and national anthem

The public contests for the state's flag, insignia and national anthem.[7][8][9] were announced in October 2016 and closed on January 20, 2017. Voting Regulations in Decree 003 dated March 20 (1 in the Asgardian calendar) states the voting process for flag, insignia and anthem. The results will be announced 5 days after voting.[10]

Media

Official news is published on the official site, Asgardia.space in the Chronicles.[13] Unofficial communications of Asgardians are taking place in official Facebook,[14] Twitter,[15] Discord[16] and regional groups on forum.[17] 

References

  1. ^ "Asgardia". Asgardia. 4 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Scientists plan to create 'Asgardia' nation state in space". BBC News. 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Asgardia welcomes over 100,000 citizen applications in 48 hours and announces new million target". Room, The Space Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Igor Ashurbeyli's Address to Asgardians | Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Asgardia Forum". Asgardia. 
  6. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  7. ^ "First executive order of Asgardia | Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  11. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  13. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  14. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Asgardia (@AsgardiaSpace) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  16. ^ "Discord". Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  17. ^ "Login | Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 

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