Half a Million People Have Bombarded ‘Space Nation’ Asgardia With Citizenship Applications

Stop the planet, we want to get off.

Custodians of the hypothetical ‘space nation’ Asgardia will be launching their first ever satellite in the coming months, and they’ve finally revealed their initial plans for the hundreds of thousands of people who have already applied for citizenship.

While more than 500,000 people have already registered their interest, the team behind the off-planet nation state announced that applications are still open, and more than 1 million ‘citizens’ will be given the opportunity to store data on their satellite, free of charge and free from Earthly laws and regulations.

“These are historic days,” said Russian scientist and ‘Head of Nation’, Igor Ashurbeyli, at the press conference this week in Hong Kong.

“[Y]our names and data will forever stay in the memory of the new space humanity, as they will be reinstalled on every following Asgardia satellite, orbital satellite constellations, on the Moon, and anywhere in the Universe – wherever Asgardia will be.”

For those who missed the hype, late last year an international group of scientists announced plans to establish Asgardia – a permanent space station that will house space tourists, run asteroid mining missions, and provide defence for Earth against meteorites, space debris, and other serious threats.

When they opened up applications in October, they said the first 100,000 applicants would be granted citizenship of Asgardia alongside their nationality on Earth.

But since then, more than 500,000 people have registered their interest, and in response to the influx, the Asgardian team has expanded their plans to let more than a million people take part in the initial stages of their plans.

asgardia bodyCredit: Asgardia

“After they have accepted the Constitution, Asgardians are encouraged to send their files to space,” the researchers explain.

“The first 100,000 people who became Asgardian citizens can send up to 500KB each to Asgardia-1. The next 400,000 Asgardians can send up to 200KB. The next million citizens can send up to 100KB each. After that, free storage will be closed.”

(Note that the press release has two dates – 25 June 0001 and 14 June 2017 – because of course they have their own calendar.)

The group plans to launch their satellite by September 2017, piggybacking on a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The tiny CubeSat satellite – measuring approximately 10 cm on each side, and weighing around 1 kilogram – will carry a 512GB solid state drive pre-loaded with data.

But before that happens, some housekeeping must be sorted out, so on June 18, the Asgardian flag, insignia, and national anthem are set to be finalised.

In six months’ time, the group expects to have the first Parliament of Asgardia established.

Of course, there’s no telling when or if the actual point of all this – that lawless off-planet settlement – will ever actually become a reality, but it’s certainly fun to think about.

Case in point: this amazing set of “Frequently Asked Questions” on the Asgardia website.

Here are a few highlights:

  • I got my Asgardian citizenship. Are my children considered Asgardians?

    As per Asgardia’s Constitution, any child born to at least one Asgardian parent is considered an Asgardian citizen by virtue of birth. A child born before the foundation of Asgardia may become a citizen the request of their parent(s) who are Asgardian citizen(s).

  • Will Asgardia become a member of Olympic and Paralympic Committees and participate in Olympic and Paralympic Games?

    Asgardia plans to apply for membership in the International Olympic Committee.

  • Will there be an Asgardian embassy in my country?

    There will be Asgardian embassies on each continent.

  • Will Asgardia have its own TV channel?

    Yes, Asgardia plans to eventually launch its own TV channel.

God speed, you crazy dreamers. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Asgardia: Scientists unveil proposal for independent ‘space nation’ to explore space law, protect Earth.

A team of scientists, engineers and lawyers have unveiled a proposal for an independent “space nation” named Asgardia, comprised of satellites to create a “independent platform free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws”.

An artist's impression of an Asgardian satellite

Named after one of the worlds inhabited by the gods in Norse mythology, the new nation would hopefully be a future member of the United Nations, according to project leader and founder of the Aerospace International Research Centre Dr Igor Ashurbeyli.

Initially, the nation would consist of a single satellite to be launched next year which would comprise the nation itself — rather than being owned by any existing Earthly country.

People can sign up as citizens and would live on Earth in their own countries, being citizens of both their own country and Asgardia.

A screenshot of the Asgardia website

Dr Ashurbeyli said the project aimed to open up conversations about laws and regulation surrounding space activity, adding: “‘Universal space law’ and ‘astropolitics’ have to replace international space law and geopolitics.”

It also aims to provide a “demilitarised and free scientific base of knowledge in space” and to “protect Earth from space threats”, including asteroids and space junk, by creating a protective shield.

“The essence of Asgardia is peace in space, and the prevention of Earth’s conflicts being transferred into space,” Dr Ashurbeyli told a press conference in Paris.

“Asgardia is also unique from a philosophical aspect — to serve entire humanity and each and every one, regardless of his or her personal welfare and the prosperity of the country where they happened to be born.

“Today, many of the problems relating to space law are unresolved and may never be solved in the complex and contradictory dark woods of modern international law. Geopolitical squabbles have a great influence, and are often rooted in the old military history and unresolvable conflicts of countries on Earth.

“It is time to create a new judicial reality in space.”

Asgardia is currently being funded privately, but will make use of crowd funding and sourcing in the future, Dr Ashurbeyli said.

While the project does not currently include plans to actually send people to live in space aboard the satellites, he told The Guardian Asgardia was “laying the foundations to make that possible in the distant future”.

“Is it pioneering, futuristic and visionary — or madness? Call it what you will, and time will tell,” he said.