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WALL STREET JOURNAL: What Tops the Agenda for a New Space Colony? A Debate Over Taxes

By Charles Rollet

A Russian businessman plans to put in orbit a utopia called Asgardia. If only he could get his citizens to agree on how to run it

It’s tough enough to create a nation in space. There’s the Earth-orbiting colony to plan, the provisioning to figure out and the technical challenge of launching thousands of people.

On top of that, you have to make folks get along before they even rocket up there.

The scale of the human task is dawning on Russian businessman and scientist Igor Ashurbeyli, who last year drew headlines with his plan for a peaceful democratic utopia dubbed Asgardia above the stratosphere.

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