With the new upgrade to the website, we see many welcoming features, such at a cleaner interface and more logical site organization. However, it seems that the debate over the age requirement for Parliament has been decided without any announcement: anyone under 40 is unable to run for Parliament. ...
With the new upgrade to the website, we see many welcoming features, such at a cleaner interface and more logical site organization. However, it seems that the debate over the age requirement for Parliament has been decided without any announcement: anyone under 40 is unable to run for Parliament. On top of that, those of us who were already running but too young have been shifted to something called "Government Candidates", a position which doesn't appear to be anything more than superficial (please correct me if I'm wrong in the comments below).
A lot of people put a lot of time into campaigning and maintaining parliamentary platforms, working under the assumption that there would be a cleaner resolution to the debate than simply an overnight, unannounced change and restructuring of the entire system. This kind of sudden behavior does nothing to encourage citizen retention in our fledgling country, and we will have to work hard to make sure we are both more forward thinking and more upfront about our election process in the future.
Congratulations to all citizens, now and future, on the successful launch and release of our first satellite into Earth orbit! On it are our founding documents: our Constitution, our National Anthem, and the writing and data of thousands of cosmic citizens, all in a small box emblazoned with our ...
Congratulations to all citizens, now and future, on the successful launch and release of our first satellite into Earth orbit! On it are our founding documents: our Constitution, our National Anthem, and the writing and data of thousands of cosmic citizens, all in a small box emblazoned with our flag. Truly a momentous day for us all!
If you'd like to see where our country is, please check this map. It's always changing!
While American has long called itself “The Great Experiment”, Asgardia is truly the first nation of its kind. A country born not from a shared culture or a shared struggle, but truly founded on a shared principle: to launch humanity forward. As a member ...
While American has long called itself “The Great Experiment”, Asgardia is truly the first nation of its kind. A country born not from a shared culture or a shared struggle, but truly founded on a shared principle: to launch humanity forward. As a member of your Parliament, I will speak with your voice as we chart never explored waters and truly push into the unknown.
As your candidate in Parliament, I will temper every decision I make with two things: the will of my people, and my own moral standards. All decisions will be made only if they satisfy the following three criteria: 1) will they improve the people of earth, the people of Asgardia, and the nation of Asgardia, in that order? 2) Is it a decision that is ecologically and substantially sound? And 3) will it help propel humanity forward as interstellar citizens?
I believe in working hard for equality for all Asgardians. In this day and age, humanity seems to be tearing itself apart over the most useless of quarrels: race, sexuality, gender, wealth, and a variety of others. I will work hard to ensure that our nation is one that will shed the petty squabbles that have plagued us in the past and push for Asgardians to be treated as equals.
I believe in working hard to have Asgardia seen as a legitimate country. We are trying something that has never been done before: a decentralized nation composed entirely of members in different countries. I will work hard to have Asgardia be seen as a legitimate country in the eyes of our sister nations around the world. Until we are able to have our own orbital base and territory we can walk on, we will exist online and through our satellites. As such, we will have to work hard to have a unified, legitimate country.
I am also running for a position in the Ministry of Science, and feel like my platform there will benefit the nation as a whole, not just concerning the sciences. While I will temper my decisions with the above values, my goals for our country are the same as they would be if I was part of your Ministry of Science:
A) First and foremost, we need to establish lasting partnerships with established, terrestrial scientists, engineers, think tanks, and manufacturers. Earth has an incredibly innovative group of thinkers, tinkerers, and great minds, and if we can tap into that resource, we will be able to overcome our physical challenges with ease. Like all explorers, venturing into the unknown is not a cheap endeavor, so we will need to reach out to people outside of our nation to help fund our exploration, just like the british colonies of old. But hopefully with a little more peaceful rebellion.
B) Establish guidelines and practices for distribution of resources among the citizens of our nation. All human conflict up to this point can be boiled down to an improper distribution of resources. If countries were able to abolish hunger and thirst among their populace, the vast majority of terrestrial conflicts would have been avoided. In this modern age, food and water are not the only limiting resources, with information and healthcare being the most current. And as we forge forward into the darkness, who can tell what untold resource will manifest itself at the helm of our ship? Working with the other ministers and the heads of state, I will work to establish guidelines so our people will never want for anything they need.
C) Advocate for the advancement of technology crucial to survive and thrive against the challenges of space. We, as a species, do not currently possess the technology necessary to prevent death during any prolonged space experience, and we do not have the technology to bring us to the distant bodies where we will establish beachheads and colonies. However, there are a dearth of projects here on earth that show much promise, including advancements and research in the field of robotics, genetic engineering, material synthesis, group dynamics, and a plethora of fields too numerous to mention. We need to advance current projects and foster innovation in relevant fields in order to reinforce our ship against the hardships of space.
My qualifications for Parliament are well earned. As a graduate of Warren Wilson college, I spent 4 years studying science, and many more as a space enthusiast learning the challenges that we face shoring up our vessels and homesteads against the hardships of space. I continue to pursue higher education through obtaining a doctorate in botany, where I will focus my thesis on better adapting terrestrial plants to growing in lunar and martian regolith. Additionally, I took on leadership roles both as an Eagle Scout for the boy scouts of America and in college as a member of residential life.
Today marks a historic day for our nation as we launch out first piece of territory into space. Let us use this as a time to look forward and consider what we want for our country, how we envision a true melange of people working together to make something ...
Today marks a historic day for our nation as we launch out first piece of territory into space. Let us use this as a time to look forward and consider what we want for our country, how we envision a true melange of people working together to make something that has never, and could never have been attempted before: a true Space Nation.
WE ARE AT A CRUCIAL POINT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY. THE COSMIC OCEAN SPREADS OUT BEFORE US, AS MYSTERIOUS AND INVITING AS THE BLUER OCEAN OUR ANCESTORS BEHELD. THE STARRY WATERS ARE FULL OF WONDER, MYSTERY, DISCOVERIES WE'VE SPENT MILLENNIA PONDERING AND, I'M SURE, HAVEN'T EVEN COME CLOSE ...
WE ARE AT A CRUCIAL POINT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY. THE COSMIC OCEAN SPREADS OUT BEFORE US, AS MYSTERIOUS AND INVITING AS THE BLUER OCEAN OUR ANCESTORS BEHELD. THE STARRY WATERS ARE FULL OF WONDER, MYSTERY, DISCOVERIES WE'VE SPENT MILLENNIA PONDERING AND, I'M SURE, HAVEN'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO ACCURATELY IMAGINING. AS THE HEAD OF YOUR MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, I WILL HELP UNCOVER THESE MYSTERIES, AND SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE GAINED THROUGHOUT OUR SPECIES AND OUR NATION FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL PEOPLE.
MY GOALS FOR THE START OF OUR FLEDGLING NATION ARE AS FOLLOWS. THEY FIT THREE CRITERIA: 1) WILL THEY IMPROVE THE PEOPLE OF EARTH, THE PEOPLE OF ASGARDIA, AND THE NATION OF ASGARDIA, IN THAT ORDER? 2) IS IT A DECISION THAT IS ECOLOGICALLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY SOUND? AND 3) WILL IT HELP PROPEL HUMANITY FORWARD AS INTERSTELLAR CITIZENS?
A) FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE NEED TO ESTABLISH LASTING PARTNERSHIPS WITH ESTABLISHED, TERRESTRIAL SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS, THINK TANKS, AND MANUFACTURERS . EARTH HAS AN INCREDIBLY INNOVATIVE GROUP OF THINKERS, TINKERERS, AND GREAT MINDS, AND IF WE CAN TAP INTO THAT RESOURCE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO OVERCOME OUR PHYSICAL CHALLENGES WITH EASE. LIKE ALL EXPLORERS, VENTURING INTO THE UNKNOWN IS NOT A CHEAP ENDEAVOR, SO WE WILL NEED TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF OUR NATION TO HELP FUND OUR EXPLORATION, JUST LIKE THE BRITISH COLONIES OF OLD. BUT HOPEFULLY WITH A LITTLE MORE PEACEFUL REBELLION.
B) ESTABLISH GUIDELINES AND PRACTICES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES AMONG THE CITIZENS OF OUR NATION . ALL HUMAN CONFLICT UP TO THIS POINT CAN BE BOILED DOWN TO AN IMPROPER DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES. IF COUNTRIES WERE ABLE TO ABOLISH HUNGER AND THIRST AMONG THEIR POPULACE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF TERRESTRIAL CONFLICTS WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. IN THIS MODERN AGE, FOOD AND WATER ARE NOT THE ONLY LIMITING RESOURCES, WITH INFORMATION AND HEALTHCARE BEING THE MOST CURRENT. AND AS WE FORGE FORWARD INTO THE DARKNESS, WHO CAN TELL WHAT UNTOLD RESOURCE WILL MANIFEST ITSELF AT THE HELM OF OUR SHIP? WORKING WITH THE OTHER MINISTERS AND THE HEADS OF STATE, I WILL WORK TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES SO OUR PEOPLE WILL NEVER WANT FOR ANYTHING THEY NEED.
C) ADVOCATE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY CRUCIAL TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE AGAINST THE CHALLENGES OF SPACE. WE, AS A SPECIES, DO NOT CURRENTLY POSSESS THE TECHNOLOGY NECESSARY TO PREVENT DEATH DURING ANY PROLONGED SPACE EXPERIENCE, AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO BRING US TO THE DISTANT BODIES WHERE WE WILL ESTABLISH BEACHHEADS AND COLONIES. HOWEVER, THERE ARE A DEARTH OF PROJECTS HERE ON EARTH THAT SHOW MUCH PROMISE, INCLUDING ADVANCEMENTS AND RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF ROBOTICS, GENETIC ENGINEERING, MATERIAL SYNTHESIS, GROUP DYNAMICS, AND A PLETHORA OF FIELDS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION. WE NEED TO ADVANCE CURRENT PROJECTS AND FOSTER INNOVATION IN RELEVANT FIELDS IN ORDER TO REINFORCE OUR SHIP AGAINST THE HARDSHIPS OF SPACE.
MY QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION ARE WELL EARNED. AS A GRADUATE OF WARREN WILSON COLLEGE, I SPENT 4 YEARS STUDYING SCIENCE, AND MANY MORE AS A SPACE ENTHUSIAST LEARNING THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE SHORING UP OUR VESSELS AND HOMESTEADS AGAINST THE HARDSHIPS OF SPACE. I CONTINUE TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH OBTAINING A DOCTORATE IN BOTANY, WHERE I WILL FOCUS MY THESIS ON BETTER ADAPTING TERRESTRIAL PLANTS TO GROWING IN LUNAR AND MARTIAN REGOLITH, AS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR CONTINUED SPACE HABITATION IS BOTH PRODUCING FOOD AND PRODUCING OXYGEN. ADDITIONALLY, I TOOK ON LEADERSHIP ROLES BOTH AS AN EAGLE SCOUT FOR THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICAN AND IN COLLEGE AS A MEMBER OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE.
AS CARL SAGAN SAID, "WE'VE WADED A LITTLE WAY OUT, MAYBE ANKLE DEEP, AND THE WATER SEEMS INVITING." VOTE FOR ME AND LET US CHART THAT COURSE, TOGETHER, WITH EVERYONE'S HAND ON THE WHEEL AS WE SAIL INTO THE GREATEST UNKNOWN WE'VE EVER FACED.