Sunday October 16, 2016

Will You Become A Citizen Of Asgardia, The First Nation State In Space?

Scientists are proposing a nation state in space serving as "a state-of-the-art protective shield for all humankind from cosmic, manmade, and natural threats to life on earth." Anyone can join up at the official website, and once signups hit 100,000, the founders will attempt to submit it to the United Nations for status of state.

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Dubbed "Asgardia" after one of the mythical worlds inhabited by the Norse gods, the team say the "new nation" will eventually become a member of the United Nations, with its own flag and anthem devised by members of the public through a series of competitions. 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’". Initially, it would seem, this new nation will consist of a single satellite, scheduled to be launched next year, with its citizens residing firmly on terra firma.