For how long will the current voting period last?
The current voting period will last until 18 July 2017, to ensure that everyone has had sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the Constitution and accept it.
What is the voting age?
Voting age is 18, Asgardia’s legal age of adulthood.
How does the leadership selection work?
Our leadership is designed with a purely democratic, bottom-up approach in mind. While we are all united as a nation in the virtual world, bound by common ideas about space, we need to exercise a democratic government on Earth. That is why leaders are selected by their peers, and we encourage everyone to use the map on our website to connect with people in your geographic location and beyond, form groups, elect leadership, become leaders and more.
Who is Asgardia looking to have run for office? What roles are available? What is Asgardia modelled after?
Asgardia is looking for local leaders to help set the foundation for free thinking, creative research and an unprecedented future space presence. The current role categories available are Debutant (10 votes), Strategist (100 votes), Trendsetter (1,000 votes), and Ambassador (10,000 votes). Any citizen of Asgardia can apply for any one of these leadership roles. Asgardia is also looking for government ministers who are citizens of Asgardia aged between 35 and 60, who have a degree, qualifications, and professional experience in a relevant area, and the required physical and mental health to perform the duties of a minister. For more information about the election process, please visit Asgardia’s election page.
Can we start local events?
Of course! Please go ahead and start local events – this is why we place such a focus on having local leaders. If there are major events for the local community, Asgardia will look into ways of supporting them. We encourage you to meet other members of Asgardia.
Why is the democratisation of space important?
This is an important topic because it brings to light often unrecognised disparities between the most industrialised nations and the rest of the world. Today, only 20 countries on Earth out of about 200 have a space presence, and have, for example, plans to mine in space and lay claim to a monopoly of valuable resources that can be harvested off-planet. In line with the Outer Space Treaty, Asgardia aims to ensure that 1) the exploration and use of outer space is indeed carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and of all humanity, and 2) that outer space is free for exploration and use by all states. In short, we believe that new space law has to equally protect the interests of every human being on Earth.
What are the different branches of Asgardia’s government?
Governance of Asgardia is exercised by its separation into the legislative (Parliament), executive (Government) and judiciary (Supreme Space Court) branches.
Why did Asgardia decide on being a constitutional monarchy, a ‘Space Kingdom of Asgardia’? Why not a democracy?
To be clear, Asgardia is a democracy—it’s extremely important that Asgardia’s governance is directed by the citizens of Asgardia. Governance of Asgardia will be exercised by its separation into the legislative (Parliament), executive (Government), and judiciary (Court) branches. The Head of Nation shall be the head of the Government, and not of the other branches. The current Head of Nation, Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, will hold the post for the next five years. After that time, a new Head of Nation will be elected. Asgardia’s particular governance is admittedly innovative, but similar structures of governance can be found elsewhere on Earth.
Will Dr. Ashurbeyli step down once his five-year term ends?
It is the intention of Dr. Ashurbeyli to serve the first term, because he has set up Asgardia the space nation. It is the product of his lifetime of work and vision, and dream and imagination. Let’s be very clear: every penny, every cent spent on Asgardia up to date and still for quite some months to come is the investment by Dr. Ashurbeyli. Not a single person, not a single company, not a single entity has spent a penny on funding Asgardia. This is all funded from the resources of Dr. Ashurbeyli.
Therefore he feels responsible to see Asgardia through to the level where it is self-sustaining, where it is solid and running. Again, in his best judgement, this will take up to five years. Indeed, he is intending, as he has said – and for this reason this is in our Constitution – that the first Head of Nation has his five year term. Dr. Ashurbeyli has many visions in many domains.
Dr. Ashurbeyli said it in Hong Kong: he is setting goals that he wants to see through in his lifetime. He has had a lot of scientific and engineering achievements in his career. As an engineer, his personal motivation is to create something that comes to completion, that works. He wants to see results of his work in his lifetime. That is why he is setting a goal of creating a habitable platform on low Earth orbit because this is a goal he's convinced he will see through personally.
If Asgardia is focused on fairness, why is it monarchy?
Some of the greatest democracies in the world are monarchies (UK, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc.). It is a perceptional misconception that a constitutional monarchy is a bad thing. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy and yet the most liberal country of the world, setting the humanistic trends not only for the European countries, but for the entire world.
We modelled Asgardia’s governance structure from ideas taken from existing nations around the world--many leading world democracies were an inspiration. At the same time, history shows that no society is perfect. Therefore, Asgardia is conceived to be a new form of society.
Does Asgardia have any political parties?
No, Asgardia will not have any political parties.
When does Asgardia become a member of the United Nations and other international organization?
Asgardia continues to work on its recognition by the United Nations.
What is the plan how to become recognized by the UN?
It is a two-step plan. The easiest way to explain is to talk about Israel, a nation that declared itself as state. They have reached recognition with other states and when the sufficient amount of recognition was achieved, Israel became a member of the UN. Once the Government is elected and the Minister of Foreign affairs is appointed, one of the priorities will be achieving mutual recognition with Earthly states and applying for membership in UN.
Will citizens of Asgardia elect members of Parliament?
Yes, the first parliamentary elections will be held before the end 2017.
What will the Parliament do?
The Parliament is a legislative body that represents all citizens of Asgardia. Its powers include adopting law of Asgardia; appointing the Chairman of Parliament, Chairman of the National Bank, Royal Court Justices on the proposal of the Supreme Values Council, and removing them from post on the proposal of the Head of Nation or Supreme Values Council; appointing and removing ministers from post on the proposal of the Chairman of the Government; appointing and removing National Audit Office auditors from post; calling elections for Head of Nation; deciding on resignation of the Government and individual ministers; approving Head of Nation decisions to declare a state of emergency; calling referenda; and holding parliamentary hearings and investigations, including summoning representatives of governmental bodies. The Parliament comprises 12 permanent committees whose areas of responsibility correspond to the Government ministries.
Can I become a member of Parliament?
Yes, you can become a member of Parliament. Visit Asgardia’s election page for more details.
What is the period of service of Parliament?
Five years, as defined by the Constitution.
Will there be Cabinet of Ministers of Asgardia?
There will be 12 Ministers.
Will Asgardia have a President and Prime Minister?
Asgardia will have a Head of State.
Will Asgardia have diplomatic relationship with Earth countries?
Asgardia will develop bilateral relations with the countries on Earth.
How can I get a government employment?
Vacancies will be published on www..asgardia.space.
What are national holidays of Asgardia?
Asgardia’s national holidays are Asgardia’s Birthday (5 October/12 October), Asgardia’s National Unity Day (1 Asgard/18 June), and Year Day (31 Dec).
Can I create a petition?
Yes, please go to the petitions page to do so.
Will Asgardia have its own environmental program?
Yes, Asgardia will work toward protecting the space environment.
Will Asgardia have a diplomatic service?
Yes, there will a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and there will be embassies on each continent.
Will Asgardia have any medals or awards? For what merits can the citizens be awarded?
Yes, there will be medals and awards. Please follow updates on www.asgardia.space.
What will the leaders do to improve the public image of Asgardia?
We strive for a democratic society, which is why leadership is set up the way that it is. It is up to the leaders to present their programs and promote them. We believe that good ideas get votes.
Is there any jurisdiction in space currently?
The Outer Space Treaty was issued in 1967, but at the moment, approximately 20 countries with direct access to space programs are taking individual, often uncoordinated steps. There is a risk of the space domain becoming the Wild West. That is why one of Asgardia’s goals is to streamline, to bring together the notion of how a space nation can be a prototype for future humanity by setting forth the legislation that aims to make the use of space peaceful, protective, and open to all human beings.