How are the votes counted?
When one enters the website and registers, they are just a registered user. When one enters the voting page – that person is counted as one who took part in the voting. Even if they stay on that page for 1 second, it is counted as having voted ‘no’ on the Constitution. We have found that in the legislation of many countries, a period for electronic voting is at least 15 seconds. Once the voting is closed (after 100,000 people vote for the Constitution), the total number of people who have entered the page is going to be published, after the 100,000th vote is achieved.
For the final number that will determine whether or not the Constitution is adopted, it will be a proportion of the number of people who counted ‘yes’ to the number registered users who have entered the page and those who did not click ‘yes’, as they are counted as those who voted ‘no’”.
How do you register the users?
Only registered users are able to get as far as the voting. We count not based on the IP addresses, but on the registered addresses of the users. If somebody is registered as an Asgardian but enters as a registered Asgardian three times, that person is counted only once.
Why was voting extended until 100,000 accept the Constitution? Who is responsible for this decision?
Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli adjusts the course of action as we progress. We are building the first-ever space nation in human history, so we are adapting as we go along. Whatever you see implemented and communicated to you...this is all authorized by Dr. Ashurbeyli.
Some tens of thousands of people, worldwide, decided to be Asgardian and found that the Constitution, the way it’s written, is resonating with them. We are the first to recognize that it might be imperfect. Dr. Ashurbeyli in his press conference in Hong Kong stated that he was fully aware that there might be things that needed improving. But the Constitution itself installs the civil process, and in this process citizens can put forward the petitions, including petitions for calling a referendum proposing specific changes in the Constitution.
We ask Asgardians to give us a few more days until the Constitution is finalized and voting is closed. Only after that start sending your suggestions to update the Constitution.
The other reason is Asgardia’s satellite. The current launch on the Cygnus vehicle is scheduled and announced for 12 September. This means that the fully integrated satellite must go from Nanoracks to NASA in the coming two weeks. And before that it means that the hard disk with our data, all of your data and Asgardia’s data, must be integrated, tested that it will wake up in orbit, and it needs to be built into the satellite and shipped to NASA.
Only those who support the Constitution have the right to upload files to the satellite. One of the reasons we extended the vote is that more people can enjoy this opportunity. There is still memory available on the satellite and it’s only possible for the next 2-3 days for technical reasons for people to upload their file. Afterwards, it will only be after the satellite is deployed in orbit and that will be in a couple of months after the launch.
When the vote has reached 100,000, we will close the voting. Imagine you are going to be part of this legacy: the first 100,000 people who are supporting the Constitution of the first in world history space nation.
What Happens to Those Who Vote For or Against the Constitution?
There is analogy to answer this question, a saying: don’t confuse tourism and immigration. Citizens of Asgardia – those who accepted the Constitution – are akin to legal residents of a country, and those who chose not to support the Constitution – are like tourists.
If you like a country, if you want to live there, if you want to be part of that system, it’s only natural that you abide by the established regulations in that country. And in most countries, that would be the Constitution. Anybody in the first 100,000 will have the right and are welcome to exercise the right to get Asgardia’s citizenship for free.
Citizens are those who support the Constitution, the basic makeup of the country. We consider those who have voted for the Constitution citizens as in when, for example, a referendum was happening on whatever might be the subject, these people are entitled to vote. As far as we are concerned, they have declared that they are supporting Asgardia, so their vote counts when decisions are to be made.
Citizens of Asgardia have the right to receive Asgardia’s documents for free; upload their files to Asgardia-1 and future satellites without charge; nominate themselves for leadership and Parliamentary positions; work in the government and become local representatives. Citizens can bring forth petitions, including those to update the Constitution.
After the first 100,000 is done, the voting will continue, and every new person who is applying has to provide a certain amount of data about himself or herself, and then has to vote or not to vote on the Constitution. Those who accept the Constitution after the voting is closed will be considered applicants for Asgardian’s citizenship.
If a person does not accept the Constitution, they will still stay a registered Asgardian and participate in forum discussions, for example. The difference is that by doing so that person either says ‘I am interested in becoming a citizen’, or ‘I’m visiting your Asgardian nation as a tourist.
Who is eligible to participate in the elections?
Anyone who is 18 years old or older, and has accepted the Constitution of Asgardia can vote in the leadership elections or nominate themselves for any position. No college education or work experience is necessary. Asgardia volunteer staff are eligible for any community leadership position, but must resign as from their position if elected to the Trendsetter or Ambassador level, or if their Civic Asgardia duties interfere with their duties as a leader. Asgardia NGO staff are not eligible for community leadership.
How do leadership elections work?
For how many candidates can one vote?
A voter gets one vote per level (that is, each voter can vote for 1 Debutant, 1 Strategist, 1 Trendsetter, and 1 Ambassador)
Do the votes a candidate receives at one level automatically get transferred the next level?
Is it possible to take away a vote from a candidate?
Yes, during the election period, a voter can take his/her vote away and give it to another candidate, and candidates can lose their votes, under the following circumstances:
How can a candidate receive more votes?
How can I suspend my campaign?
If a leader is unable to represent their community, they should state so on their profile page and recommend another leader to replace them. Voters are not required to follow the recommendation.
What are the responsibilities of a Community Leader?
Why does one need to post a photo of themselves and provide their real name?
We encourage transparency in Asgardia. You must be accessible, and you must be real. You sign with your own name, and your profile is open. If you want to be a leader, you must provide your real name and a photo of yourself as your avatar.
How often are elections held?
Elections will currently be held every six months. The tentative plan is that within two years, elections may run on an annual basis. As leadership roles evolve and the Parliament forms, legislation regarding the frequency of elections and the scope of positions may change.
When will the Community Leadership Elections end?
The first Community Leadership Elections are slated to end in September/October 2017, depending on how populated the top levels are.
When will the Parliamentary Elections start?
Conditions and guidelines for Parliament positions will be determined after the leadership elections end in September/October 2017
Are community leaders guaranteed positions in Parliament?
Community Leaders are not members of Parliament. Leadership elections are separate from Parliamentary elections. Community Leaders and members of the Parliament play different roles. Leaders are in charge of local governments. They promote the initiatives of their citizens, create local advisory committees, and allocate the budget, once those are in place. The Parliament creates the law of Asgardia. Anyone who meets the criteria mandated by the Constitution can campaign for Parliament once the election process for those positions begins. However, it is recommended you demonstrate your leadership abilities becoming a community leader first.
What should be included on the candidate's profile page?
Asgardia gives everyone an equal chance to become a community leader. It is therefore important for one to show the community what makes him/her the best person for the job. In their profiles, candidates should clearly describe their platforms and goals that they will try to accomplish during their term.
What are the 4 levels of community leadership?
Level 1 - Debutant
Level 2 - Strategist
Level 3 – Trendsetter
Level 4 – Ambassador*
*In the future, when more members are involved, levels will expand beyond the Ambassador level (to levels requiring 100,000, 200,000 votes, etc.)
What are the divisions of Region for Candidates (country / city / state )?
|community leadership in asgardia|
|Asgardia Citizen||Level 1|
|Similar Community Position||Citizen||Mayor, Municipal Leader||Area Liaison||Govemor, Council Leader||National Committee Leader|
|Area of Responsibility (Campaign Range1)||Individual and Family||300km from Residence||County of Residence (nearby cities)||State/District of Residence||Country of Residence|
|Vote* Needed2||Accept Constitution||10 Citizen Votes||100 Citizen Votes||1000 Citizen Votes||10.000 Citizen Votes|
|Term of Office *||Lifetime||6 months, initially||6 months, initially||6 months, initially||6 months, initially|
Your Debutant must be within 300km of you (or, if you are applying for the Debutant level, your constituents must be within 300km). Although you can gather votes and vote for leaders anywhere in the world, we suggest that you begin with those in your area to facilitate meeting and working together closely.
How do I launch my campaign?
What criteria should I use when selecting my leaders?
Citizens are encouraged to consider the following for their Community Leaders:
Can a candidate fundraise?
Candidates may not raise funds at this time (July 2017). Future fundraising will be conducted on the official website, www.Asgardia.space. No outside websites may be used for fundraising.
Why was Asgardia created?
Asgardia was created with three top goals in mind: to ensure the peaceful use of space, to protect the Earth from space hazards, and to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space. Asgardia also has a long-term objective of setting up habitable platforms in space and building settlements on the Moon.
What precedent is Asgardia trying to set for space exploration?
We believe that the creation of a new legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth and deep space is crucial to keep pace with humanity’s rapid technological and scientific expansion off-planet. ‘Universal space law’ and ‘astro-politics’ have to replace the current outdated international space law and geopolitics, where the recent advances in technology remain—so far—unaccounted for. It is also of crucial importance that space law does not become the ‘law of the jungle’.
When was the vision first born?
Dr. Ashurbeyli is a thinker and visionary who has been contemplating Asgardia as a first space nation as long as he’s been alive. He started actually working on it together with his team about a year before it was announced, but the idea itself came to him many years ago. Once Dr. Ashurbeyli had a complete picture in his head of what this nation would look like, he started implementing the idea.
Is Asgardia a part of any space agency?
No, Asgardia is an independent entity.
The ultimate goal of Asgardia is to protect Earth from space threats. Is there any scientific/quantitative data for justifying this objective?
There are seven well-documented scientific threats: sun storms and flares, known as coronal mass ejections; changes in Earth's magnetosphere that destroy the effective protective layer of our planet; potentially dangerous asteroids and comets; man-made orbital debris; changes in the climate stemming from technogenic factors and sun radiation; cosmic radiation from nuclear reactions in novae, supernovae and pulsars; and the danger of Earth infection by microorganisms from meteors and other small celestial bodies. One of Asgardia’s main goals is to protect the Earth from such space threats, in line with the level of concern highlighted by top governmental space agencies such as the ESA and NASA. The recent 7th European Conference on Space Debris highlighted this issue, with the threat of space debris affecting not only satellites, but the lives of astronauts aboard the ISS and other spacecraft as well.
As we all know, space and Earth are two entirely different environments. How can we guarantee the basic life environment in space (e.g. food / accommodation) in the future?
Asgardia is working on creating habitable platforms in a low Earth orbit. In order to preserve humanity and biodiversity of the Earth, Asgardia will organise and ensure the building of Space Arks—man-made inhabitable territories and protective platforms in space to be used in the event of threats to the safety of humanity on the Earth and for space tourism, in the absence of threats. Asgardia's long-term vision includes human settlements on the Moon and possibly on other celestial bodies.
Describe the Space Ark — is that something other groups are working toward, or is Asgardia the first? When will this project begin?
Arks are man-made platforms that the citizens of Asgardia will be able to inhabit in the future as a part of Asgardia’s territory in space. In order to preserve humanity and biodiversity of the Earth, Asgardia will organise and ensure the building of Space Arks and protective platforms in space to be used in the event of threats to the safety of humanity on Earth and for space tourism, in the absence of threats.
What does the future of Asgardia look like? The future of space exploration?
Asgardia will be a fully fledged, independent nation inhabited on a low Earth orbit. It will start with a satellite, Asgardia-1, scheduled to be launched in autumn 2017, followed by an orbital satellite constellation launch in 2018-2019, then by other satellite constellations and Space Arks, and later by settlements on the Moon and possibly on other celestial bodies.
From what perspective are you believing that now is the right time for setting up space nation?
We believe that the creation of a new legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth and deep space is crucial to keep pace with humanity’s rapid technological and scientific expansion off-planet.
Is Asgardia a commercial project?
Asgardia is the first-ever space nation. As any nation, it will set forth a structure that allows for revenue flow in order to fund its operations.
Will Asgardia have its own space research agency?
Once the government structure is in place, formal allocation of responsibilities will be conducted in order to ensure the most efficient task distribution between various entities in key disciplines.
Will Asgardia plan to build its own spaceship?
While it is not in Asgardia’s current plans, it cannot be excluded. In the short term, Asgardia plans to outsource launches to launch providers.
Will Asgardia participate in international space research?
Yes, by providing equal space research opportunities to any person on Earth regardless of their country’s space program. In doing so, Asgardia hopes to accomplish more than simply by participating in ongoing research. It will open the doors to space research for every talent.
Do we have a tool to track the Asgardia-1 satellite around Earth?Satellites can be tracked on http://heavens-above.com/ on-line and by using a phone app such as Night Sky Tools.
What is the name of the first satellite Asgardia intends to send?
The name of the first satellite is Asgardia-1.
What type of satellite is it?
Asgardia-1 Satellite is a CubeSat that belongs to a category of nanosatellites (1-10 kg). It is named so because it made up of cubes, each 10cm x 10cm x 10 cm in size.
What is the size of Asgardia-1 Satellite?
It will be 2U -- which is 2 cubes.
What does Asgardia-1 contain?
It contains data storage of 0.5 TB with the database of Asgardia’s legal documents, national symbols and database of all the citizens who accepted the Constitution. It also contains files uploaded by citizens.
What can we send to space?
After accepting the Constitution, every citizen of Asgardia can send a file of a defined size (usually an image or a text).
On 12 October 2016, it was announced that the first 100,000 applicants will have some advantages. Is it still the case?
Yes, the first 100,000 applicants (those whose personal number in the middle section of the Certificate of Asgardia is up to 100,000) will have extra storage space (up to 500KB) on the satellite.
What company will produce the Asgardia-1 satellite?
Asgardia-1 Satellite was produced by NearSpace and will be integrated and prepared for launch by Texas, US-based Nanoracks LLC.
Does this mean that those companies are part of Asgardia and all Asgardia satellites will be built by them?
No, these companies were chosen because they specialise in building and launching satellites. Asgardia will choose companies that meet its requirements for each particular satellite.
When will it be launched into space?
Asgardia-1 will be launched in autumn 2017. Space launches often shift, and it is normal that the exact date will be known only closer to the date. And even then, there is a chance that it might slip by some days.
Will it launch directly into orbit and start an independent flight?
Asgardia-1 Satellite will first be launched to the ISS (International Space Station), and will later be deployed into outer space.
In which orbit will it fly?
It will fly in LEO (Low Earth orbit), around 400 km from Earth.
On which vehicle will Asgardia-1 be launched?
It is planned that Asgardia-1 will be launched as a part of the OA-8 Antares-Cygnus launch to the ISS and will be deployed after its de-docking from the ISS when Cygnus flies into a higher altitude.
Does it mean that Asgardia depends on Orbital ATK and will always work with it?
This means that Asgardia is contracting launch services from a company which specialises in delivery into orbit. For every satellite, the most fitting company will be chosen, depending on the specific requirements of Asgardia.
From which cosmodrome the Asgardia-1 Satellite will be launched?
It will be launched from the Wallops flight facility in Virginia, USA.
Will the satellite fly under Asgardia flag?
The flag will be selected after the final launch preparations of the Asgardia-1 satellite. Therefore it will only display Asgardia logo.
When the satellite will be launched into open space?
This will depend on the flight plan of the ISS. It will launch after de-docking of Cygnus OA-8 from the ISS.
How long will Asgardia-1 stay in the Cygnus docked in ISS?
It will stay on the ISS until it is deployed into outer space.
Does this mean that Asgardia will only be in space later?
Asgardia will be in space in 8 minutes after the launch vehicles takes-off. This is how long it takes to leave the Earth atmosphere and enter space when flying at the speed of 8 km/sec.
What is the lifetime of the satellite?
It is expected that Asgardia-1 will remain active for more than a year. Typically CubeSats stay active between 5 and 18 months, depending on the solar activity.
How will Asgardia-1 be removed from the orbit?
CubeSats are generally not removed from orbit; some of them naturally lose altitude and burn up in the atmosphere.
Can I see a satellite from Earth?
You can see the Asgardia-1 Satellite from Earth using special equipment. However, the ISS can be seen from Earth with a naked eye. For as long as the Asgardia-1 is inside Cygnus as a part of the ISS, you can observe it from Earth. To find out how to see it from your geographic location, visit http://www.heavens-above.com, choose your location and select dark time of the night when there are no clouds. The ISS is visible as a bright star passing over the sky.
Who and how controls and monitors the satellite?
Asgardia-1 will be controlled from the Mission Control Center in Houston.
How do we know that it is ok?
There will be regular ‘health status’ checks of the satellite delivered by the Mission Control Center.
Will any data be sent to the satellite during the flight?
It will be possible to make occasional updates of the data on the Asgardia-1 satellite during the flight.
How many satellites will Asgardia have?
Many, eventually. Asgardia-1 is just the first satellite, marking the beginning of the permanent presence of Asgardia in space, as it was announced by Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli on 12 October 2016.
Can it be hit by an asteroid?
Theoretically, anything can be hit by an asteroid - in space and on Earth.
Is the satellite considered a territory of Asgardia in space?
Asgardia-1 is considered by Asgardia to be its territory. Asgardia is committed to working with the international legal community to achieve recognition of this status.
What ideals is Asgardia aspiring toward? What human history is Asgardia trying to rise above?
Asgardia aspires to serve all of humanity, regardless of the personal welfare and the prosperity of the country where our citizens happen to be born. Ultimately, Asgardia's goal is to create a mirror of humanity in space, but without Earthly division into states, religions, and nations.
In order to be a valid citizen, what are the conditions?
Anyone over the age of 18 who agrees to Asgardia’s Constitution may apply for citizenship. They then have the right to submits their digital files to Asgardia’s first satellite, Asgardia-1.
I got my citizenship. Are my children considered citizens of Asgardia?
As per Asgardia’s Constitution, any child born to at least one citizen parent is considered a citizen of Asgardia by virtue of birth. A child born before the foundation of Asgardia may become a citizen the request of their parent(s) who are citizen(s) of Asgardia.
How does my current citizenship affect my citizenship in Asgardia?
Space citizenship of Asgardia is a special type of citizenship and does not constitute dual or multiple citizenship for the purposes of Earth nation citizenship. A citizen of an Earth nation becoming a space citizen does not confer multiple citizenship status unless otherwise stipulated by an international treaty to which Asgardia is a party.
Could you please explain passports and IDs?
We are working on creating the Parliament, creating the government, and creating the banking system and the national currency SOLAR. The ID card at this point is the card that will be a fully protected, chip-integrated card that would eventually allow you – when they are available – to receive services Asgardia will provide, and to operate within the currency system.
We will start issuing passports as booklets for traveling only when we have reached the recognition with other states as a state that they recognize Asgardia’s passport as a valid document for crossing national borders. We are very realistic, this is a long-term goal.
IDs and passports would only be received in person. We are now asking everyone, and it’s at your own discretion, to fill in your profile. This data needs to be correct. When you decide to claim your documents, you would be asked to present yourself to the ambassador of Asgardia or a consul or a national representative (this title has not been decided upon yet). Documents are taken very seriously. In the long run, it is planned to have six permanent embassies around the world, per number of continents.
One of the biggest premises of Asgardia is that there are no borders. When one looks at the Earth from space, you do not see borders - you see blue, you see green, you see yellow of the desert. You do not see borders. Borders exist on the maps and in human minds. So, it is also for that reason that only boundaries of the continents are visible from space. There will be six embassies, one per continent, in Asgardia. But we will be working to create a local representations and of course do our best to help people to sustain their interaction with us.
How do I receive an ID?
Upon joining Asgardia, one gets a certificate. Once they accept the Constitution and vote for the national symbols (the flag, the anthem and the coat of arms), they are entitled to receive an ID card, a formal document in the form of a plastic card. It will also serve as your banking card once the SOLAR, Asgardia’s currency, is rolled out.
Make sure to keep your ID number private as it provides identification of your person and allows you to receive the services Asgardia will provide. More details on how to receive an ID will be available in the future. You will have to show up in person with valid documents verifying your identity. The next step to receiving an ID will be to receive the passport of Asgardia.
When can I get passport of Asgardia?
One can get the passport of Asgardia after the statehood is formalised. Follow www.asgardia.space for new details.
Will passport of Asgardia be virtual or real?
It will be a real document, like any other passport.
Can I travel with my passport of Asgardia?
Asgardia is working on this. Indeed, the eventual goal is to allow international travel with passport of Asgardia.
At what age can I get a passport of Asgardia?
Any citizen of Asgardia will be able to get a passport.
Both me and my partner are citizens of Asgardia. Will our child get a birth certificate of Asgardia?
Once the statehood is established and administration is in place, yes.
Will there be an embassy of Asgardia in my country?
There will be embassies of Asgardia on each continent.
Can I refuse my citizenship after I have accepted the Constitution?
Yes. Accepting the Constitution entitles you to get an ID and become a citizen once statehood is established. It does not oblige you to do so.
Will Asgardia limit the number of citizens?
At this point, there are no plans to limit the number of citizens.
Do I need to be a scientist to join Asgardia?
No, members of all professions are welcome in Asgardia. However, those with a scientific background are likely to get the most out of partnerships and grants offered in Asgardia.
Does Asgardia have social awareness program?
Asgardia’s programs are in the work. Please check www.asgardia.space for updates.
What is Asgardia’s religion?
Asgardia is a religion-free society. Each member of Asgardia is free to practice any religion on Earth, as long as it is peaceful and within the legislation of their country of Earthly citizenship.
I am transgender. Will I have my rights protected?
Asgardia is a society free of any prejudice, including that based on gender.
Do you have any educational programs for disabled?
So far Asgardia has not defined any specific educational programs. Once educational programs are defined, they will be available online for everybody.
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.
What will be the official language(s) of Asgardia?
The working language of Asgardia is English. Asgardia’s official languages are 12 languages most frequently chosen by citizens of Asgardia in their profiles. Asgardia guarantees equality of the official languages, and that is why all official documents are published in those 12 languages.
Will Asgardia have land on Earth?
Asgardia might buy land and property to have a location for running its operations.
When will Asgardia settle an orbital station?
The long-term vision of Asgardia is to have habitable platforms in space. This is one of the core goals. Asgardia’s second core goal is to build protective shields for the entire planet Earth from any space threats.
For how long will the current voting period last?
The current voting period will last until 18 July 2017, to ensure that everyone has had sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the Constitution and accept it.
What is the voting age?
Voting age is 18, Asgardia’s legal age of adulthood.
How does the leadership selection work?
Our leadership is designed with a purely democratic, bottom-up approach in mind. While we are all united as a nation in the virtual world, bound by common ideas about space, we need to exercise a democratic government on Earth. That is why leaders are selected by their peers, and we encourage everyone to use the map on our website to connect with people in your geographic location and beyond, form groups, elect leadership, become leaders and more.
Who is Asgardia looking to have run for office? What roles are available? What is Asgardia modelled after?
Asgardia is looking for local leaders to help set the foundation for free thinking, creative research and an unprecedented future space presence. The current role categories available are Debutant (10 votes), Strategist (100 votes), Trendsetter (1,000 votes), and Ambassador (10,000 votes). Any citizen of Asgardia can apply for any one of these leadership roles. Asgardia is also looking for government ministers who are citizens of Asgardia aged between 35 and 60, who have a degree, qualifications, and professional experience in a relevant area, and the required physical and mental health to perform the duties of a minister. For more information about the election process, please visit Asgardia’s election page.
Can we start local events?
Of course! Please go ahead and start local events – this is why we place such a focus on having local leaders. If there are major events for the local community, Asgardia will look into ways of supporting them. We encourage you to meet other members of Asgardia.
Why is the democratisation of space important?
This is an important topic because it brings to light often unrecognised disparities between the most industrialised nations and the rest of the world. Today, only 20 countries on Earth out of about 200 have a space presence, and have, for example, plans to mine in space and lay claim to a monopoly of valuable resources that can be harvested off-planet. In line with the Outer Space Treaty, Asgardia aims to ensure that 1) the exploration and use of outer space is indeed carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and of all humanity, and 2) that outer space is free for exploration and use by all states. In short, we believe that new space law has to equally protect the interests of every human being on Earth.
What are the different branches of Asgardia’s government?
Governance of Asgardia is exercised by its separation into the legislative (Parliament), executive (Government) and judiciary (Supreme Space Court) branches.
Why did Asgardia decide on being a constitutional monarchy, a ‘Space Kingdom of Asgardia’? Why not a democracy?
To be clear, Asgardia is a democracy—it’s extremely important that Asgardia’s governance is directed by the citizens of Asgardia. Governance of Asgardia will be exercised by its separation into the legislative (Parliament), executive (Government), and judiciary (Court) branches. The Head of Nation shall be the head of the Government, and not of the other branches. The current Head of Nation, Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, will hold the post for the next five years. After that time, a new Head of Nation will be elected. Asgardia’s particular governance is admittedly innovative, but similar structures of governance can be found elsewhere on Earth.
Will Dr. Ashurbeyli step down once his five-year term ends?
It is the intention of Dr. Ashurbeyli to serve the first term, because he has set up Asgardia the space nation. It is the product of his lifetime of work and vision, and dream and imagination. Let’s be very clear: every penny, every cent spent on Asgardia up to date and still for quite some months to come is the investment by Dr. Ashurbeyli. Not a single person, not a single company, not a single entity has spent a penny on funding Asgardia. This is all funded from the resources of Dr. Ashurbeyli.
Therefore he feels responsible to see Asgardia through to the level where it is self-sustaining, where it is solid and running. Again, in his best judgement, this will take up to five years. Indeed, he is intending, as he has said – and for this reason this is in our Constitution – that the first Head of Nation has his five year term. Dr. Ashurbeyli has many visions in many domains.
Dr. Ashurbeyli said it in Hong Kong: he is setting goals that he wants to see through in his lifetime. He has had a lot of scientific and engineering achievements in his career. As an engineer, his personal motivation is to create something that comes to completion, that works. He wants to see results of his work in his lifetime. That is why he is setting a goal of creating a habitable platform on low Earth orbit because this is a goal he's convinced he will see through personally.
If Asgardia is focused on fairness, why is it monarchy?
Some of the greatest democracies in the world are monarchies (UK, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc.). It is a perceptional misconception that a constitutional monarchy is a bad thing. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy and yet the most liberal country of the world, setting the humanistic trends not only for the European countries, but for the entire world.
We modelled Asgardia’s governance structure from ideas taken from existing nations around the world--many leading world democracies were an inspiration. At the same time, history shows that no society is perfect. Therefore, Asgardia is conceived to be a new form of society.
Does Asgardia have any political parties?
No, Asgardia will not have any political parties.
When does Asgardia become a member of the United Nations and other international organization?
Asgardia continues to work on its recognition by the United Nations.
What is the plan how to become recognized by the UN?
It is a two-step plan. The easiest way to explain is to talk about Israel, a nation that declared itself as state. They have reached recognition with other states and when the sufficient amount of recognition was achieved, Israel became a member of the UN. Once the Government is elected and the Minister of Foreign affairs is appointed, one of the priorities will be achieving mutual recognition with Earthly states and applying for membership in UN.
Will citizens of Asgardia elect members of Parliament?
Yes, the first parliamentary elections will be held before the end 2017.
What will the Parliament do?
The Parliament is a legislative body that represents all citizens of Asgardia. Its powers include adopting law of Asgardia; appointing the Chairman of Parliament, Chairman of the National Bank, Royal Court Justices on the proposal of the Supreme Values Council, and removing them from post on the proposal of the Head of Nation or Supreme Values Council; appointing and removing ministers from post on the proposal of the Chairman of the Government; appointing and removing National Audit Office auditors from post; calling elections for Head of Nation; deciding on resignation of the Government and individual ministers; approving Head of Nation decisions to declare a state of emergency; calling referenda; and holding parliamentary hearings and investigations, including summoning representatives of governmental bodies. The Parliament comprises 12 permanent committees whose areas of responsibility correspond to the Government ministries.
Can I become a member of Parliament?
Yes, you can become a member of Parliament. Visit Asgardia’s election page for more details.
What is the period of service of Parliament?
Five years, as defined by the Constitution.
Will there be Cabinet of Ministers of Asgardia?
There will be 12 Ministers.
Will Asgardia have a President and Prime Minister?
Asgardia will have a Head of State.
Will Asgardia have diplomatic relationship with Earth countries?
Asgardia will develop bilateral relations with the countries on Earth.
How can I get a government employment?
Vacancies will be published on www..asgardia.space.
What are national holidays of Asgardia?
Asgardia’s national holidays are Asgardia’s Birthday (5 October/12 October), Asgardia’s National Unity Day (1 Asgard/18 June), and Year Day (31 Dec).
Can I create a petition?
Yes, please go to the petitions page to do so.
Will Asgardia have its own environmental program?
Yes, Asgardia will work toward protecting the space environment.
Will Asgardia have a diplomatic service?
Yes, there will a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and there will be embassies on each continent.
Will Asgardia have any medals or awards? For what merits can the citizens be awarded?
Yes, there will be medals and awards. Please follow updates on www.asgardia.space.
What will the leaders do to improve the public image of Asgardia?
We strive for a democratic society, which is why leadership is set up the way that it is. It is up to the leaders to present their programs and promote them. We believe that good ideas get votes.
Is there any jurisdiction in space currently?
The Outer Space Treaty was issued in 1967, but at the moment, approximately 20 countries with direct access to space programs are taking individual, often uncoordinated steps. There is a risk of the space domain becoming the Wild West. That is why one of Asgardia’s goals is to streamline, to bring together the notion of how a space nation can be a prototype for future humanity by setting forth the legislation that aims to make the use of space peaceful, protective, and open to all human beings.
Does Asgardia have its own currency?
Asgardia will have its own currency, with the SOLAR as a unit of currency.
Describe the SOLAR. What is this currency and who is it available to?
SOLAR is Asgardia's official monetary unit -- a cryptocurrency that will be freely exchangeable into all main Earthly currencies on the free market on the Earth, in accordance with Asgardia’s laws. The National Bank of Asgardia will also be a lender of last resort.
Will Asgardia’s currency be real or virtual?
Asgardia’s currency will be virtual.
Will Asgardia have business and individual taxes?
The government encourages the development of private business by establishing an appropriate tax and governmental insurance system. Private business is regulated by the law of Asgardia. There will be businesses within the jurisdiction of Asgardia, and once the businesses are running and utilising the infrastructure and benefits of Asgardia, they will be subject to taxes. There will probably be banking taxes as well taxes for operations in Asgardia’s currency, the SOLAR. However, individual taxes are going to be voluntary -- people can decide what amount of tax they would like to pay.
Does Asgardia have a bank?
Yes, Asgardia has its National Bank, which is responsible for the exchange rate, circulation and stability of the national currency and the liquidity of the banking system. Activities of the National Bank are regulated in accordance with the law of Asgardia. The National Bank supports the development of the banking network of the national and private banks, and regulates the conditions and profitability of their financial activities.
Financial support is a key challenge. How do you address it?
On financial support, Asgardia is currently funded entirely from private funds. In the future, we might make use of crowdfunding and private donations, and we welcome the cooperation of new partners and investors.
Who is supporting this project currently?
For the moment, this project is financially supported by Dr. Ashurbeyli, but we hope that on 1 January 2018, when the budget of Asgardia is slated be published, it will be clear how the revenue stream runs and how Asgardia’s economy functions on its own.
Is there an online payment system in Asgardia?
Asgardia will be using various existing online payment systems in order to make payments.
How can I buy stock shares of Asgardia?
Stock of Asgardia AG is expected to be available for purchase on the stock market towards the end of 2017.
Can I donate to Asgardia?Donations will be accepted for specific causes. To donate, please go to www.asgardia.spaceand press the “Donate” button.
Can I register a business in Asgardia?
Yes, Asgardia is open to registering businesses. Asgardia encourages all citizens to use the business services and products of other citizens. This will be beneficial for developing Asgardia’s economy.
Will you have a business directory of Asgardia that lists all businesses, as well as their locations around the world?
It is up to community, and we will be happy to provide the locations on our website. Please coordinate this with your local leaders.
How can members of Asgardia get involved outside of participating in leadership roles?
Asgardia is open to start-up companies, so bringing your business into Asgardia’s jurisdiction will help the economic growth of Asgardia. We encourage people to get to know each other and connect to their local community, so that we can build an even larger global community.
Will Asgardia have business taxes?
The government encourages the development of private business by establishing an appropriate tax and governmental insurance system. Private business is regulated by the law of Asgardia. There will be businesses within the jurisdiction of Asgardia, and once the businesses are running and utilizing the infrastructure and benefits of Asgardia, they will be subject to taxes. There will probably be banking taxes as well for operations in Asgardia’s currency, the SOLAR.
Can I join Asgardia via social media?
Does Asgardia have its own magazine?
All aspects Asgardia are covered by ROOM: The Space Journal, a prominent and well-established magazine in the professional aerospace community. You can subscribe to the print or digital version on www.room.eu.com.
Will Asgardia have its own TV channel?
Yes, Asgardia plans to eventually launch its own TV channel.
Does Asgardia have its own radio?
Yes, there is a station called Voices of Asgardia. Asgardia welcomes initiatives for more radio stations.
Will Asgardia support medical research?
Asgardia is open to any research proposals that have scientific merit.
Does Asgardia have a fitness mobile app?
Asgardia is open to supporting app development and is currently discussing this with professionals who volunteered to build such an app.
Are there are plans to make a healthcare facility for members of Asgardia?
There are currently no plans in the works to make healthcare facilities, but it’s a possibility in the long term.
Does Asgardia have art galleries?
Yes, there are virtual art galleries in Asgardia. Check them out on www.asgardia.com.
Are there any contests in Asgardia?
There have already been a number of contests in Asgardia, and there will definitely be more. See www.asgardia.com for more details.
Are there any famous artists and authors among members of Asgardia?
It is a personal choice of every individual to publicly disclose their identity and professional credentials.
I want to become a volunteer for Asgardia. How can l apply?
Volunteering for Asgardia is currently being managed by a group of volunteers who support our community and social media initiatives. Send an email describing your skills and experience (or a CV/Resume) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for upcoming opportunities.
How many hours should I dedicate to working as a volunteer?
We ask for one hour each day. Many positions require 5-15 hours per week.
Is there training for volunteers?
Training is provided in several specialities that support our growing nation. After training, a volunteer may choose to help manage global community and social media initiatives, or to assist their local community chapter.
What would I do as a volunteer?
There are many positions available for community volunteers to help support Asgardia’s social media, community chapters or project development. Volunteer positions will be posted on www.asgardia.com.
Do volunteers get paid?
Currently, our volunteers do not get paid for donating their time and experience.
Can I get promoted as a volunteer?
Asgardia is a meritocracy – people who volunteer to do more work and take on more responsibilities will have an opportunity to be promoted.
How do you address legal compliance?
Asgardia is fully committed to the rule of law, giving respect to the laws of other states and international law. The citizens of Asgardia also remain subject to the laws of their respective Earthy countries. It’s in the best interest of Asgardia to remain an internationally responsible nation as it wishes to attract wide recognition in order to become a state.
What does Asgardia plan to implement in the development of space legislation?
Asgardia is in constant communication with the professional aerospace legal community. Some of the most prominent industry professionals are among Asgardia’s consultants.
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