Tired of being an Earth-bound citizen? Well you still can’t leave the planet, but you can always take those first tiny steps in that direction by joining ‘Asgardia’, the first nation state in space.
This looks like straight out of sci-fi novels and rightly so it does considering the whole idea is to establish a nation state in Space not bound by any laws of the land, an independent entity and eventually a member of the United Nations. Visit asgardia.space and you will be greeted with a message from Igor Ashurbeyli, the founding father of Asgardia, revealing how within just a few hours and few days the first nation state in space has garnered huge attention and massive response from citizens of nearly 200 countries of the world.
“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,” reads a statement on the website.
Asgardia will be a nation state that intends to offer to its citizens an independent platform that is not bound by the constraint of laws established by countries. Those who follow mythology closely will quickly realise that the nation state in space has been named after one of the mythical worlds inhabited by the Norse gods.
The founders have revealed that the nation state will have it own flag and anthem and both of them will be chosen from those made by its citizens in a series of competitions.
According to the project website any human living on Earth can become a citizen of Asgardia. In just 40 hours after the initial announcement about Asgardia was made, as many as 100,000 people signed up wanting to join. After 4 days the number has jumped to 300,000 applicants.
The thing about the citizenship of Asgardia is that people will not be flying to any space station or a different planet, but they will be physically located on Earth, living in different countries on Earth. They will be both the citizens of the country they are living physically as well as citizens of Asgardia.
“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”, said Ashurbeyli at the conference where it was announced.
“Asgardia will demonstrate to scientists throughout the world that independent, private and unrestricted research is possible,” reads a statement on the site. As far as the team is concerned, the project has rounded up space experts from across the world, including Canada, Russia, United States and Romania.