Jan 6, 17 / Aqu 06, 01 10:31 UTC

Earnest queries about Asgardia  

Hi there, fellow Asgardians. I am a student from India, who not long ago applied for citizenship to Asgardia, after having learnt about it from the Facebook page. I am a vocal advocate of space travel and colonization among my friends and family, and I believe all Asgardians are intellectual enough (and definitely more), since they registered to be a part of a thing most novel and ambitious. And hence, I shall find my queries in the best of hands here.

I recently learnt that our Founding Father, Dr Ashurbeyli put forth a proposal in the United Nations about Asgardia, and I'm sure there has been a lot of paperwork involved. Is there any way, some of this could be made transparent? Asgardians ought to be kept in the loop about the developments.

Secondly, while I doubt not the feasibility of such a project, I am forced to be skeptical about the time frame. Is it something that could acheive fruition in the next 10 years? 20? There's no doubting the fact that it is a humongous project, and there are a lot of procedures to be followed before anything is substantiated, however a few questions naturally arise. Has the contract for the station been discussed yet? When finalized, where and how would the station be constructed? Is the project compliant with space laws? Would Earth's nations agree to the emigration of their citizens?

I hope and believe my queries would be answered. Long live Asgardia!

Jan 10, 17 / Aqu 10, 01 09:35 UTC

Most of your questions I can not answer, but your last one I can most Earth bound nations freely allow their citizens to migrate where everr and when ever they choose. No government actually has any say in the matter although, nations like North Korea will forcibly retrieve any citizen that leaves it's borders. As for the time frame regarding the construction of our new nation. It depends on different factors 1) how long it takes to build the different compartments that will comprise Asgardia, 2) how smoothly construction goes, 3) the weather which might interfere with launches, 4) The affordability of the construction process both in and out of atmo, & 5) being able to get each compart to space for contined construction

Jun 24, 17 / Leo 07, 01 06:17 UTC

Don't forget the CARBON TAX for each launch.  Putting a person into space, and bringing them back, has costs.  Most nations with space programs do not disclose the amount of gas emission from a single launch.  Or from their fighter jets.  Or many military sources.  I have seen many of the figures and can simply say - as long as there is war, there will be no benefit to any mitigation of carbon output until all vehicles (military and space) are compared.  One launch puts out more waste gas than most of LA in a year.  So when you talk about boosting humans in large numbers into space - you are talking about killing the Earth in the same breath.

Which is not to say I don't believe in the mission.  But you can forget about rockets, space elevators, and other silly super-construction-socialist-picture-book-plans right off.

Those of us with a way - are waiting for a nation that's got what it takes to share the tech.

The same thing that can put a man in orbit with no exhaust, can kill the planet - FYI.

Jul 9, 18 / Leo 22, 02 00:46 UTC

Wouldn't a Direct Democracy be a more legitimate form of governance than a constitutional monarchy albeit less practical?