29 May 2018 News

Leader of first space nation to be inaugurated

Asgardia, the Space Nation, will inaugurate its first Head of Nation at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, on 25 June 2018. Dignitaries, global officials and about 130 members of the newly formed parliament will witness the historic event, marking the first commission of leadership for an off-planet nation.

Since its formation in October 2016, in less than two years Asgardia has established itself as a full-fledged nation, with a constitution, flag, anthem, and sovereign territory on the Asgardia-1 Satellite, currently in orbit around the Earth. To date, there are nearly 200,000 Asgardia citizens and the nation is 172nd in global population.

“Access to outer space should be a human right, beyond the control of any Earthly nation,” says Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, who will be inaugurated as the Head of Asgardia.

Asgardia was formed with the mission to ensure peace in space, protect the Earth from space hazards, prevent Earth’s conflicts from being transferred into space, and with the long-term goal to build a habitable, orbital space station where someday Asgardia citizens can reside.

“To safeguard humanity’s future, Asgardia is taking steps into the vast space frontier as the very first space nation,” says Ashurbeyli.

“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 Universal space law and astro-politics have to replace the current outdated international space law and geopolitics.

“The Asgardia constitution was formed on the basis of equality and anyone who adopts the constitution can become a citizen of Asgardia.”

The constitution and submission for citizenship are available at https://asgardia.space/ where further details and a contest to win tickets to the inauguration can also be found.

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