Key members of the First Space Nation assembled in the heart of Vienna today to attend First Asgardia Executive Congress. This is a pivotal moment in the Nation’s history. Here are ten reasons why this Executive Congress is important for Asgardia, and why you should be following the news closely:
1. It’s the first time the full Government will meet in person
It was recently announced that the Government was now fully formed, with all the 12 ministers in place. This was a significant step on part of Prime Minister Diaz, as she has fulfilled one of her key tasks. While the Ministers have been in collaboration using a range of digital technologies, this represents the first time they will come together to meet and work in person.
2. Remaining Acting Government Ministers will be approved by Parliament
It is the Parliament’s duty to approve the appointments made by the Government. At the Congress, the Parliament is expected to approve the appointment of the final Acting Ministers, officially bringing the 12 Ministries of the Government into full force.
3. Government Ministers will be officially sworn into office
During the Executive Congress, the Ministers of the Government are expected to be officially sworn into office in an accreditation ceremony that will be attended by key officials of Asgardia including the Head of Nation, Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli.
4. Ministers and Parliamentary committees will come together to collaborate
In the Parliament’s Digital Meeting on April 10, 0003 (April 4, 2019), the Parliament’s Chairman Lembit Öpik stated that, unlike political systems that are mired with party politics and personal ambition, Asgardia’s politics would be different, focusing on communication and cooperation. Without ‘party politics’ to cause division, Asgardia’s Ministries and Parliamentary Committees are working together to present solutions to the challenges of establishing a nation in space.
5. The Q1 Financial Report will be delivered by the Minister of Finance
Leon Shpilsky, the Minister of Finance for Asgardia will be addressing the Congress and outlining the financial reports for the first Quarter. This is a significant matter because it will be the first report since the Nation’s budget was approved by Parliament during their second Digital Sitting.
6. Parliament will be holding a digital sitting
During the Congress, the Asgardian Members of Parliament from all over the world spanning 24 time zones will also be connecting live via video-conferencing software to conduct the 3rd Digital Sitting of the Parliament. During the Digital Sitting, the Parliament is expected to debate and vote on a range of proposed laws and amendments including legislation relating to the SOLAR and the Solar Institute which will serve as the Space Nation’s National Bank.
7. Proposals will be put forward for Asgardia’s short, medium and long-term goals
Each of the 12 Areas of Asgardia (Information & Communication, Citizenship, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Trade & Commerce, Science, Youth and Education, Culture, Safety & Security, Finance, Equity and Resources and Manufacturing) represented by Asgardia’s Ministers and their counterpart Committee Chairs from the Parliament will be giving a range of speeches and proposals about their vision on how their respective areas will develop and advance in the short, medium and long-term.
8. The Supreme Justice of Asgardia will discuss the Judicial system
The hard work of the Ministries and the Parliament of Asgardia would be moot if there were no framework in place to ensure that the laws of the nation were tested and enforced. At the Executive Congress, the Supreme will discuss Asgardia’s Judicial system, and how that might look for a Nation that will fundamentally operate in space and across borders.
9. Asgardia’s Supreme Space Council are due to meet
The Supreme Space Council (SSC) consists of Head of Nation and Chair of the SSC Dr. Ashurbeyli; Parliament Chair of Asgardia, Lembit Opik; Head of Government of Asgardia Ana Mercedes Diaz; Supreme Justice of Asgardia, Yun Zhao; and Mikhail Spokoyny, Head of Administration of the Head of Nation of Asgardia, alongside with the full cast, are expected to meet in Vienna to discuss the key issues for the future development of the Nation.
10. A roadmap to the future will be formulated
Without doubt, the most important outcome of the Executive Congress is that the Government and Parliament will have a key vision for the direction that the Nation needs to take to achieve its goals in reaching the stars. A tentative roadmap for the short, medium and long-term goals will allow Asgardia to have a clear focus of how the nation will develop in the coming years.