Space, the final frontier… please have your passports and a $2.50 toll fare ready.
A group of scientists and lawyers have recently announced plans to form the first country to not be on Earth. This space nation has been dubbed “Asgardia,” after the heaven of Norse mythology (and Marvel.) It also sounds like a hemorrhoid cream, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.
The country will initially consist of a single satellite orbiting Earth, with its residents living out-of-state back on Earth. Anybody can become a citizen of Asgardia, however. According to the website, which you can find here, as of the last time I checked there were 350,000 residents. The purpose of this off-planet country is to “will offer an independent platform free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws.”
The Guardian reports: the project lead Igor Ashurbeyli, said: “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.”
“When the number of those applications goes above 100,000 we can officially apply to the UN for the status of state,” he added.
Now, where have I heard of the idea of a place free of worldly laws and regulations before…? Oh, yeah! Bioshock, the videogame. That turned out well, didn’t it?
The plans for Asgardia are currently a bit vague. According to the team, they want to protect humanity from all “cosmic” threats to Earth. This would include space junk, asteroids, and possibly an alien invasion. Of course, there’s no set plan for how to accomplish this, but who needs concrete plans when you’ve got confidence?!
Contests to create the flag, insignia, and national anthem of Asgardia are currently being hosted on the nation’s website. The way I see it, as long as they keep their giant space lasers pointed out into space instead of down at us, I won’t complain.