IDs and Passports, Explained
July 9, 0001 / July 24, 2017
Last week, thousands of people logged into the live Q&A session with Lena De Winne, CEO and Vice-President of NGO Asgardia. A lot of the questions pertained to Asgardia’s IDs and passports.
“We are working on creating the Parliament, creating the government, and creating the banking system and the national currency SOLAR,” De Winne explained. “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.”
She continued: “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.”
De Winne reminded her viewers that IDs and passports would only be received in person, and that documents are taken very seriously. “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 will be asked to present yourself to the ambassador of Asgardia. In the long run, it is planned to have six permanent embassies around the world, per number of continents.”
Most importantly, she said, is that “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 the yellow of the desert. You do not see borders. Borders exist on maps and in human minds. 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 local representations and, of course, do our best to help people sustain their interaction with us.”You asked, Asgardia answered. For more answers to questions you may have, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.