I just applied for citizenship of Asgardia – The world’s first space nation.
Igor Ashurbeyli, Chairman of UNESCO’s Science of Space Committee is leading a group of scientists and entrepreneurs in creating the first nation in space. This week they applied for approval from the United Nations to be recognized by the UN as a nation.
With the growth in space technologies and exploration, Igor explains the rationale for a nation in space:
“The existing state agencies represent interests of their own countries… The ultimate aim (of Asgardia) is to create a legal platform to ensure protection of Planet Earth.”
When announcing the UN application this week, Igor said to the press: “I wouldn’t be surprised if today or tomorrow, some or all of you write that some crazy Russian rocket scientist talked utter nonsense here today.” and then added “It would be worse if you write nothing at all!”
The media did report on it, with varying degrees of excitement and skepticism. Then in 2 days 250,000 people applied for citizenship. Including me.
So why did I apply for citizenship?
Because I believe it’s going to be new self-governing communities – whether city-states or space nations – that will tackle and solve our current global challenges.
The trust we have in our governments and politicians today is low and falling. It will eventually fall to zero.
Just as past empires and monarchies fell to new forms of government when we lost all trust, it’s just a matter of time before the same happens again.
Our current systems simply aren’t designed to cope with the speed of change, the level of global connection and the number of informed, free-thinking global citizens we have today. Few people today believe the current government systems is working or should not be radically improved.
Is Asgardia the answer? Probably not. But it’s a step in the right direction. The more we realize we already have the power to collectively redesign our communities, without waiting for governments, the more energy we will put in creating new solutions instead of waiting for them to magically appear.
If you feel the same, you can join me and 250,000 others here: http://asgardia.space
“Every revolution begins with a spark.” ~ Katniss Everdeen