Jun 11, 17 / Can 22, 01 02:00 UTC
My Thoughts and Questions on the Draft Constitution ¶
"A child gains space citizenship of Asgardia at birth if one or both parents or the only parent is/are space citizens of Asgardia. A child born before the foundation of Asgardia may become a citizen on the request of his/her parent(s) who are citizens of Asgardia."
What about a child who is in the care of a guardian? Does this mean they must be adopted first?
"freedom of the individual and freedom of speech are inviolable"
What is meant by "freedom of the individual"? Obviously we are not free to do everything we please since that would violate Article 9.
Does this mean we have freedom to peacefully protest?
"Failure to perform citizen obligations or failure to perform them properlymay lead to permanent revocation of Asgardian citizenship, suspension of Asgardian citizenship, fines, restriction and/or permanent revocation of access to Asgardia’s electronic resources in accordance with the law of Asgardia. The death penalty is prohibited in Asgardia. The creation of prisons is prohibited in Asgardia."
Prohibiting prisons seems a bit extreme. This means no jail either, right? So, for example, if someone in space murders another person, we'll banish them and send them back to earth? Whose going to pay the expenses of transporting this person back to earth if they have no money?
"Asgardia’s currency is the Gor."
Surely we can come up with a better currency name than "Gor." It looks like "gör," which in german means "brat." Even "Stella Monetæ" (Latin for "star currency") would be better in my opinion. Why not have a competition for currency name?
"Propaganda of superiority and inequality is prohibited. Asgardia prohibits racist, Nazi, fascist and other similar ideologies in their historical and new forms."
Wait a second, there's freedom of speech but ideologies of superiority and inequality are prohibited? Who defines what are ideologies of superiority and inequality? Doesn't this mean we only have limited free speech, not true free speech? I am no fan of hate speech, yet it is unsettling to see bounds placed on free speech in order to attempt to solve the problem.
"The second and subsequent Heads of State may be any Asgardian citizen over the age of 40 and under the age of 65 who has held space citizenship for at least ve years prior to being nominated, who has the physical and mental health to perform the duties of Head of State."
"Members of the Royal Council of Supreme Values may be any Asgardian citizens nominated by the Chairman or Head of State aged between 60 and 80 who have particular achievements in the area of statecra , economics, science, culture, art, education, rule of law, healthcare, human rights and freedoms, parenting, sports, charity and/or other public or government achievements."
"Members of Parliament are elected for terms of ve years from among Asgardian citizens who have reached the age of 50."
Why such high and restrictive age ranges? Asgardia's own Level 2 Questionnaire says "the average verified Asgardian is a male between the ages of 18 to 35." (See https://asgardia.space/en/page/chronicles/gender-equity-now-and-beyond ) This means the average Asgardian will be unable to be elected to these roles. 30 years old seems like much more reasonable minimum limit.
As people live longer the maximum age limit will need to be proportionally adjusted in time, particularly if it isn't increased at all in the final document.
"All Asgardian revenue and expenditure must be included in the budget, which must be balanced."
I very much hope this makes it to the final document. There should be a clause though for in times of emergency that allows suspension of the requirement for a balanced budget (i.e. in order to destroy a planet-killer asteroid on a collision course). Balanced budgets are fantastic, yet they won't matter if no one lives to appreciate them.
Is there a way for citizens to petition for legislation (or it's repeal)? Did I miss it?
Thank you for taking the time to read this.