Vienna: It sounds appealing given the state of politics on Earth: a plan to launch a utopian “space nation” with the aim of transcending earthly divisions.
At a lavish ceremony in Viennaalt39s Hofburg Palace, some 200 attendees inaugurated Russian scientist and businessman Igor Ashurbeyli as the first “head of nation” of Asgardia, named after a realm in Norse mythology.
Asgardia already has a flag, a Constitution and an anthem with a “digital currency” to follow soon, the “solar”. Ashurbeyli has been the driving force behind the concept, announcing the creation of Asgardia two years ago.
He said that he plans to apply for UN recognition.
100 euros: Annual citizenship fee
- Ashurbeyli has funded the project with his own money and that of some other donors.
- But in the future, Asgardians would have to pay an annual ‘citizenship fee’ of 100 euros.
Human settlements on Moon within 25 yrs
As to the physical difficulties of putting human beings in space, Ashurbeyli claims he can build on his own scientific experience to enable permanent human settlements on the Moon within 25 years.
Only ‘most creative’ humans can join
- Ashurbeyli said Asgardia’s citizens now number around 200,000 across the world, drawn by a vision of ‘space politics’ over geopolitics.
- The aim is to get the ‘most creativealt39 members of the human race which Ashurbeyli estimates at roughly 2% of the world’s population, or some 150 million people to sign up.
- Space is the only arena left to humanity to escape environmental degradation and the arms race, he said.