Asgardia: New SPACE NATION Accepting Citizenship Applications

It’s about being more than a hero – more
than a god or some kind of celestial being – the name or terminology, “Asgardia”
evokes something otherworldly and given its usage presently in pop culture with Thor and
the Marvel Universe there should obviously be some familiarity. But Asgard, originally the sky city of the
Norse Gods in mythology, is becoming a reality or at least is trying to be. Imagine this: A nation in space – a Space
Nation – a place that is free from the mundane and civility of Earth, a plausible escape
from some of the routine everyday ground problems to hopefully accomplish something greater
and more widespread, something far away and beyond. Sounds far out? Well, it is… Far out in space literally, but one billionaire
engineer is trying to make it closer to home and the process has already begun. Billionaire and aerospace engineer Igor Ashurbeyli
from Russia is actually trying to create a nation called Asgardia in space – the engineer
proposed this idea as a feasible and logistical proposition. One of the most interesting facts about this
startling cause is that it has already begun its practical existence – there are close
to 200,000 people in applications for citizenship, a process in itself that can be undertaken
online through a sign-up. Ashurbeyli is using this platform along with
other avenues to hopefully levy the U.N. to legitimize the space nation by recognizing
it as such – a nation. But even more than the process of citizenship,
Igor Ashurbeyli has also joined forces with NASA to test a small satellite of the same
name as the proposed nation. On that satellite are an actual Asgardian
constitution, a coat of arms, and pictures and names… The satellite provides a link to the seriousness
of Asgardia as a proposed nation and could be considered something viable with NASA joining
in on sending such a satellite out into orbit. If you’re already thinking about becoming
a citizen of Asgardia, you will be joining many other Americans, who make up the bulk
of the people who have applied, followed by Turkish applicants. The process in itself so far is simple: Just
apply, be 18, and have no record of being a felon, but the website for the newly formed
space nation also touts of social order and potential hierarchy with a number of applicants
also attempting to become part of the governing body of Asgardia. Well, the reality is that this could really
become a reality and with that being a possibility order is needed – people are interested
and so the plan is for there to be 13 districts that will inhabit a diverse set of people
with multiple languages. Based off of the districts and their numbers
there will be a specific number of seats to correlate with the district sizes, ultimately
becoming Asgardia’s legislative body. This isn’t the first time that a space nation
has been proposed. Believe it or not, this happened before – in
1949 and was led by James Mangan with the idea that all of outer space was to be the
space nations’ habitation. Needless to say, that idea didn’t go over
too well and was met with much criticism. Part of Mangan’s plan and purpose, or so
it seemed, was to stop potential problems and struggles within humanity from going any
further than what was already found on the ground – Earth. However, as coins were minted and a flag designed,
the selling of plots of space became alarming and the altruistic venture turned sour in
the eyes of possible voters. What Asgardia means and promises are very
much related but may not necessarily be the same. As a concept and idea, the space nation is
something that’s idealistic and again, far out there. But it is also feasible and the meaning within
its purpose and possible creation speaks to what humanity could really become: space travelers
and inhabitants, a people and species that have decided to be greater than our weaknesses,
that which limits us to just what’s on the ground… In conjunction to that — Asgardia could become
the hub for some amazing research and exploration that stretches beyond what we know to be rational. Cures for human ailments may flourish in space
more so than on the ground, being able to explore farther reaches could offer unique
perspectives and truly foster paradigms like shifts in human perception of both the internal
and the external… Ultimately, Asgardia, much like its Norse
God mythology counterpart, Asgard, and even its pop culture iteration, may carry the ability
to make humanity into the divine and even heroes that we have so long fantasized about…

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