Thank you for your thoughts and clarification. I wasn't arguing tax. I was stating there are costs to establish residency.
In the US, if you lose your dwelling or your documents, you have to pay to replace them. If you live in your vehicle, for example, (as some people do), in the state I live in, you do have to pay every single year to have the privilege (I used the word privilege on purpose. Under the republic, it's a right,) of driving on the road ways. We pay in the form of vehicle registration.
You are correct though, I have not heard of any country making me pay yearly
to keep my citizenship, itself.
We have to pay in various increments to keep the recognition of that citizenship in alternate layers of fees however.
In the US, driver's licenses are issued every 5, 10, or 30 years depending on the State you live in. You have to pay to have them renewed. Vehicle registration is also done yearly, or you can't legally drive it on the public roads. Passport fees are renewed every 10 years, unless, of course, you lose it before then.
And you're right. These are things that recognize the citizenship itself, credentials of the same.
For me, paying something yearly (or every few years) to maintain that recognition in the form of a credential, is not foreign.
I think that is the difference.
By birth, I'm recognized as a citizen of the United States of America. Nobody can make me pay for that right of citizenship in order to keep it. But having it recognized? Yep, that costs money through the various renewals I described above.
Asgardia is stating that you can be a resident, but not a citizen, unless you pay the fee each year, thus stating you must pay for the citizenship each year.
The only other countries I can think of that behave in a similar manner are:
* Saint Lucia
* Antigua & Barbuda
* St. Kitts & Nevis
Each of these countries offer something called "Citizenship by Investment". That means you have an option of investing in the country in some manner (in a flat fee, a yearly contribution, or starting a business, or purchasing large sums of real estate, etc...) in order to obtain and keep your citizenship if you were not born there. Each of their programs differs. I don't know a lot about them individually though.
I do know if you no longer meet those requirements (whatever they are for each country) then you lose the citizenship status.
So, although Agardia's approach is different than what I'm used to, I see as paying for citizenship status each year as something similar to gaining citizenship by investment. If it includes the ID card (which current verbiage states it will), then I'm also getting the recognition through a credential for the same.
I do agree with you that the verbiage in what you're describing needs to be clarified and the language consistent throughout the website.
I do documentation for a living, so I'm a stickler for eradicating known contradictions, especially, in these types of documents. To say it's important to rectify is an understatement.
I wish I had 30 to 40 hours a week to fix these discrepancies. I can also tell you from experience, that spiffing up the documentation and staying on top of it, is one of the lower priorities in many of the companies I've worked with.