What’s New in Asgardia? Lena De Winne Addresses Recent Developments (Part 1).
September 16, 0001 / September 25, 2017
During a September Q&A session online , Lena De Winne, the CEO and Vice-President of NGO Asgardia, and the Deputy Head of Administration of Asgardia, addressed a number of questions posted by Asgardians online. She also discussed recent developments.
“ As you all know, we have completed the cycle of voting, and a number of decrees by Dr. Ashurbeyli have been published,” she said. “The Constitution has been accepted by 72.5% of the votes. Congratulations to all of you and all of us for such a big success. We are Asgardian!”
Citizenship, IDs & Passports
De Winne explained that “those people who have voted in support of the Constitution have the preferential right to be considered Asgardian citizens. Will still need to do quite a bit of work in order to prepare ID cards and passports.”
“Those of you who have voted in support of the Constitution before the announcement by Dr. Ashurbeyli that the voting is closed are entitled to receive ID cards and passports as soon as we are ready to distribute them,” she said, adding that it will take a few months to prepare ID cards and passports.
Picking Up ID Cards in Person
De Winne assured viewers that a lot of thought will go into where ID cards will have to be picked up. She said that once in a lifetime, a person will have to present themselves, with documents proving their identity, in order to receive Asgardian documents.
“ There will be one embassy per continent and then there will be consulates, which will be spread out. Maybe there will be temporary locations. We will see how everybody does it for the citizens around the world and we will do our best to make it as convenient as possible.”
She added that for those who are unable to travel, “we will look at situations on a case by case basis.”
De Winne suggested that embassies will likely begin to be established sometime next year, as “ embassies fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of twelve ministries that is to be available in the government structure once it is established. It will be one of the first tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
De Winne noted that now that the Constitution has been approved, it sets the ground law of the nation. “Now, according to the Constitution, there will be a Parliament formed. It will take six months to form the Parliament, and it’s the role of the Parliament to develop the laws. As is defined in the Constitution, a number of subjects will be specified once the laws are elaborated by the Parliament and passed and accepted.”
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