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Space kingdom of Asgardia: Scientists aim to create a home for humans on the moon

With a flag, a constitution, its own calendar and a parliament, the “space kingdom of Asgardia” may sound like something from a science fiction novel. It is, in fact, a reality for a team of scientists, entrepreneurs and dreamers who are attempting to create a home for humans on the moon by 2043. 

And when members of its government gathered in Vienna last week they sang Asgardia’s rousing anthem with gusto. They bellowed:

Pale blue spot hanging in the sky,

Homeworld, door to the future,

Where all the nations finally are one,

Unifying all humanity:

Asgardia.

Leave the old problems all behind,

Moving on for the better.

Living in peace and mutual tolerance,

Trying to improve humanity:

Asgardians already have a satellite in orbit but they want to send “arks” into space populated by people drawn from across the planet. Their core ambition is that one of these platforms will be where a baby is born in space for the first time.

Asgardia is the brainchild of Igor Ashurbeyli, a scientist with a background in the Russian defence sector. His admirers speak of him with reverence and believe that together they are involved in a giant leap for humanity.

They are determined to protect Earth from asteroid collisions and other threats.

Rather than wait for traditional countries to pursue a space programme, Asgardians want to bring together experts from across the world.

You can sign up as an Asgardian on the organisation’s website, and the kingdom boasts of a population of more than a million. The hitch is that at the moment more than eight out of 10 Asgardians are male.

Dr Ashurbeyli – who holds sweeping powers as the “head of nation” – hopes that his new society will achieve the incredible in space.

He said: “Ever since states or nations appeared on the Earth they have failed to agree, so why should we expect them to agree any time soon? That’s why we created the space nation of Asgardia, to remove all the contradictions that exist between the nations on the Earth and create one single humanity.”

Describing how the idea for the new kingdom came to him, he said: “I was drinking beer while in Montreal and Asgardia just occurred to me. That was in the summer of 2016.”

Enthusiastic Asgardians include Conservative MP Nigel Evans, who is designated as the chairman of this new nation’s foreign affairs committee, and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, who chairs its parliament.

Benjamin Dell, a South African software entrepreneur is adamant that Asgardia is not about trying to create a new race of people

“Our plan is to open up space for all of humanity,” he said. “When I explain this to my mother, I say to her, ‘Mum, if in 25 years I live on the moon and you live on Earth I want you to get on a rocket and come visit me for a weekend’.”

Asgardian scientists face the pressing challenge of devising safe conditions for a child to be born in space.

Floris Wuyts, a professor at the University of Antwerp, insists that such milestones are within reach.

Looking back at the world into which his grandparents were born in 1904 and 1907, he said: “At that time driving a car was not even a normal thing.”

Securing a safe water supply is essential for the creation of a moon base.

He said: “We have to produce foods and [recover] water by recycling urine…”

Raising the billions required to fund space travel is yet another task for this fledgling nation but its leadership is optimistic about the potential of the planned currency, the Solar, and it has a target of recruiting 150 million Asgardians.

Dr Ashurbeyli said: “The most exciting thing for me is that almost 80 per cent of Asgardians are between 18 and 35 years old. This is the future of humanity.”


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Ivan Cheberko
i.cheberko@asgardia.space