Can 09, 01 / May 29, 17 16:27 UTC
Re: Discussion of the draft Constitution ¶
Querzion and Dmitry Novoseltsev have some excellent ideas towards the draft Constitution and most I agree with. I have three major issues with the draft as it sits, and I'll be brief:
1. Monarchy and age limits. Having the Space Nation of Asgardia be a Monarchy implies different, and unequal, classes of citizenship. I believe position and responsibility for governing should be available to all citizens depending on their abilities, interest, professional qualifications and effectiveness. "Royal" has many implied connotations and could easily be exploited by the right personality. I do NOT want Asgardia to evolve into a "Space Empire!" Checks-and-balances against subverting the intent of the Constitution could too easily be circumvented as Asgardia expands and communication and information delays become a significant factor.
There should be a minimum age limit for higher offices, as age often implies maturity and wisdom, however it should not 50-years old. In many countries citizens are eligible to fight and die for their terrestrial nations at 17- or 18-yo. In the USA, for example, the minimum age for president is 35. Age limits should be consistant throughout all offices except for Head of State. I know of many early 20- to 30-somethings managing multi-billion dollar companies with 10's-of-thousands of employees. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Elon Musk of Tesla/SpaceX are a couple of examples. I'm sure they could effectively handle a Space Nation. A conversational exchange from a favorite movie of mine ("Down Periscope") comes to mind: "Aren't you a little young for this, Marty?" "Excellence knows no age, Sir!"
2. International Space Law. Asgardia is intended to be a space-faring nation. Space and the universe is vast...should a group of planet-bound nations on a single planet dictate what should happen on the Moon, or Mars, or the Solar System, the Milky Way, etc.? As it sits right now, international treaty states that a private citizen cannot own property on the moon. Heck, private individuals cannot even own land on Antarctica. I want to own my own asteroid someday and I do not want some terrestrial nation exercising "eminent domain" over what my work accomplishes.
3. Currency. I STRONGLY object to to Gor as the official name and denomination of Asgardian currency. Just google "gor as currency" and nearly all of the hits are based upon a sci-fi/fantasy novel series by John Norman in which females are natural slaves and property. Do we really want our money to have such connotations? As mentioned above, the AC (Asgardian Credit) should be a widely accepted and reasonable option.
More thoughts on things later as I delve further, but those immediately come to mind.