Dec 2, 02 / Dec 4, 18 07:28 UTC
Citizenship Act, 2018 (0002) is illegal and counter to the Constitution ¶
Dear Space Kingdom of Asgardia,
The Citizenship Act, 2018 (0002)(Henceforth "The Act") contains a clause that requires citizens to pay a 100 Euro citizenship fee in order to retain citizenship(Section 10). As such, anyone who does not earn 100 Euro per year, or can afford to spare 100 Euro per year, is unable to be an Asgardian citizen.
The Constitution, however, states numerous times, a focus on equality, stating in Chapter 1, item 4: "All citizens of Asgardia are equal, irrespective of their Earthly country of origin, residence, citizenship, race, nationality, gender, religion, language, financial standing, or any other attribute." (Emphasis mine).
So the The Act is already in conflict with the Declaration of Unity of Asgardia.
Furthermore, Chapter 4, Article 13, item 10 of the Constitution states "[...]The tax system and preferential tax terms, including voluntary taxation of the private persons, shall be set by Asgardia’s laws." (Emphasis mine). Though this may seem like Asgardia's laws decide how taxation is handled, the constitution specifies the taxation is to be "Voluntary". No matter how much one might claim that the Citizenship fee in The Act is voluntary, it is clear that this fee is not voluntary, as failure to pay results in the removal of citizenship. The cost of not complying is clearly on par with punishment, and as such, the fee is not voluntary.
Article 34, item 8 of the Constitution states "All Asgardian revenue and expenditure shall be included in the budget and be balanced. Meeting the needs of Asgardia’s administrative bodies and governmental enterprises shall not overload taxpayers[...]" (Emphasis mine) furthermore reinforcing that The Act is illegal, at least in part. Because it is inarguable that an annual fee (which I would argue falls under tax), which is more than a citizen of the less financially fortunate persuasion can afford, does not constitute overloading the taxpayer.
There are more locations where The Act works counter to the Constitution. However I believe this should suffice as proof that The Act is illegal, and should be revised, or at the very least, an investigation into the legality of The Act needs to be performed.
This is an open letter to the government of Asgardia, written by a disappointed citizen.
(If anyone is aware of a more direct location I can send this letter, please do inform me.)