Tau 09, 01 / Apr 3, 17 20:02 UTC
Re: Discussion of the Declaration of Unity ¶
Unit Statement: We are all mankind.
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 04:33 UTC
@nataliaaph It shows up fine for me. Make sure you have Adobe Reader or Acrobat installed and allowed to run in your browser (it's installed and activated by default in most browsers). Here is a direct link to the PDF: https://asgardia.space/storage/docs/Decree_4.pdf
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 07:44 UTC
@LoreZyra - thanks for posting the links
I have read the google document, and I think you guys have done a good job of putting together the core of everyone's suggestions.
I think this might be difficult to do, however I think it might be relevant to put in some of the expanded explanations as to why people suggested some things.
Example: it is sometimes hard to get @guzlomi meaning because he/she has a good grasp of legalese and uses it, plus English is not her/his first language. So some of us miss the point and have to ask her/him to explain. The explanations are excellent and critical to why the suggestion was penned in that manner (especially the legal terminology).
I also think that a lot of the statements on points 9 and 11 are due to misunderstanding the intent of the original due to translation difficulties. I can be pretty sure the good doctor does not mean to do away with political structure (considering the table of contents he published for the constitution). I can be equally as sure that he, being a survivor of some of the more dreadful events of our past century, is not intent on preaching disposal of our human history. Indeed his job and the people he deals with on a day to day basis (which gives him the knowledge, political understanding, ability and opportunity to undertake this statehood project) would decree that he must be involved in politics and history.
So I think it might shine an incorrect light on the suggestions if you place those misunderstandings as a final statement in section 9 and 11 of your document.
Perhaps it might help to say something like "...the English wording and phrasing of the original document caused some people to think it meant there would be no political structure, rights or process in line with a democracy. Their feeling on this is that political parties or at least democratic checks and balances in line with allowing opposition and free speech against the government was necessary."
and " ... the English wording and phrasing of the original document caused some people to think it meant that the history of Earth would be subjugated in some manner and that it may turn out to be illegal to teach it. Their feeling on this matter is that history cannot be forgotten and that we need to learn from history and teach new generations to avoid those pitfalls by looking to create new paradigms that don't reflect the problems of the past history."
I think this is a less reactionary statement and allows for a less "reactionary" reaction (...??? weird wording :-D ) based on the thought "these people just don't understand so their suggestions are not useful", to the suggestions we have put forward. After all the current administration are human as well and will react much the same to a poorly worded document as people did on reading the poorly worded original.
It might also be nicer to leave out the bit about punishment as a lot of the people who submitted do not have English as their first language and so are at a bit of a disadvantage in that respect :-D
what do you think?
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 08:16 UTC
Good Morning (here in Barcelona).. with all my respects I think that is something must be expained or clarified, it must be done. This is a proposal of Declaration... then I suppose there will be another, that could be shared again and clarify this points. As in any constituent process, there is debate ... only we are scattered, therefore, a first sketch has been made ... people have opined. Let's make a second with the suggestions and there would be too much clarification of each statement, why, with examples. If I can explain my case ... to me when I read the point of the story .... I did not like anything. Then I have matured the idea ... and yes, history is taught according to the country where you are, and the vision of the victor is not the same as the loser ... difficult to make a story that appeals to all ...
In fact, even though I like history, ancient history, archeology ... history can divide, confront ... and I have clear the example of "the discovery" of America and what it has meant for cultures Indigenous peoples.
We may have among us historians from various cultures who can make a general history of humanity, and leave the peculiarities to the respective countries. From then on, it will be Our History. Greetings Asgardian.
On the other hand, the official Facebook pages are public ... so it may be that people are saying that is not Asgardian. It is not my mood to discriminate, but I would suggest that those who have made a comment there put it on the forum that is where it corresponds and you are verified.
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 08:30 UTC
I'm not 100% sure what you are saying in your last post. Is it a response to my last post or is it a point about statement 11 in the "declaration of unity"?
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 10:51 UTC
Why I can't see the constitution of Asgardia? it says something went wrong
Tau 10, 01 / Apr 4, 17 13:30 UTC
@bigred With all my respect, what I have said five post before, is just my personal opinion, is not an answer to any particular comment. Just a personal reflection and suggestion:
Tau 11, 01 / Apr 5, 17 04:29 UTC
I'm agree. I' ts the first space nation and the leader is the leader. He know the true.
Tau 11, 01 / Apr 5, 17 07:42 UTC
With all respect, I have written my own version of the Declaration of Unity. I hope it is more sound in articulating our issues with international space law, our ideals and rights on how to ensure equal access, establish our goals.
I think that much of the currant "Declaration of Unity" is a combination of letter of intent and List of Rights. I think that much of it can and should be listed in the Constitution under the Chapter of Rights.
Please critique my work fairly and honestly.
"The unanimous declaration of the people of Citizens of Earth,
When human ambitions, foresight, law, and political agendas prevent human progress it becomes necessary for one group of people to endeavor on their own project of unification, to assume among the powers of the universe, and the separate and equal status by which Laws of Nature and Right by Life afford all living things, the establishment of a their own nation.
We the Citizens of Earth understand and agree these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are born equal, that they are endowed by their existence with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Peace,–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among man, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive or an obstacle to these ends, it is the obligation of the People to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience have shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Many problems relating to space law are unresolved and may never be solved in the complex and contradictory political processes of modern international law. Geopolitical squabbles have great influence, and are often rooted in old military history of unresolvable conflicts between Earthly states and countries.
We Citizens of Earth understand it is time to create a new judicial reality in space to ensure humanities peace and survival in space, the protection of Earth and the entire humankind from Extraterrestrial Threats, and to ensure equal opportunities in space for all Citizens of Earth regardless of any and all limitations of their earthly citizenship.
Therefore, we, the free people of Asgardia, the first Space Nation, based on the birthright of Humanity in the universe, a free and unified space state, appealing to the Nations of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, in the Name, and by Authority of the Citizens of Asgardia, solemnly publish and declare, That Asgardia is, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent Nation, recognized by the United Nations; that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent Nation may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on our collective unity, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our sacred Honor, and here by adopt this
Declaration of Unity. "
The under signers shall be Asgardia Head of Nation and the 12 elected Ministers of Asgardia
Tau 11, 01 / Apr 5, 17 12:28 UTC
I have a few criticisms about your complete rewrite.
Tau 11, 01 / Apr 5, 17 13:53 UTC
AdamSpears, with all my respects... Starting from the basis that it is not a Declaration made in the name of all the inhabitants of the Earth, but of those who want to be considered as a Nation, Asgardia, and from the first statement can not share what you expose.
To speak on behalf of the inhabitants of all other nations, are the declarations of the United Nations, the Declaration of Human Rights, etc. We aspire to be recognized on an equal footing with all other nations, and here we outline our principles, aspirations, and as we are a diffuse people, we declare our unity, despite the physical separation that may exist between us due to our special characteristic to come and reside scattered on the planet. Greetings :)
Tau 11, 01 / Apr 5, 17 14:51 UTC
On point 4 I would add an explicit reference to religions, beliefs and -as Kandrax pointed out- sexual orientation. This would not enter in conflict (as to what religions refers) with point 11, it actually aims to ensure equality among all Asgardians despite what any individual may practice on earth.
These kind of documents must ensure all points are covered so in case any injustice or abuse happen this documents are clear enough to point out quick solutions.