Asgardia, First nation in space accepting citizenship applications

Don’t want to live on this planet anymore? A proposed space nation called Asgardia is now accepting applications for future citizens. This could be the first nation ever created in space.

According to the project website, Asgardia “will offer an independent platform
free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws. It will become a place it in orbit which is truly ‘no man’s land’”.

“Physically the citizens of that nation state will be on Earth; they will be living in different countries on Earth, so they will be a citizen of their own country and at the same time they will be citizens of Asgardia,” project lead Igor Ashurbeyli said.

Ashurbeyli is the founder of the Aerospace International Research Center (AIRC) in Vienna and is chairman of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Science of Space committee.

Already more than 50,000 people have applied to ‘join’ the state online. “When the number of those applications goes above 100,000 we can officially apply to the UN for the status of state,” he added.

According to the project website “Any human living on Earth can become a citizen of Asgardia,” with the site featuring a simple registration form. Entries are due by January 20, 2017. Prospective citizens need to be at least 18 years old. The signup form also requires an email address.

Asgardia was named after the city in the sky ruled by Odin in Norse mythology.


ASGARDIA (Image Credit: James Vaughan)

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