Have you been wondering what's happening in Asgardia and feeling it is difficult to find information about what is going on in our Nation?
To step up and take action and help all and everyone who's interested in keeping up, I've decided to create an independent and ...
Have you been wondering what's happening in Asgardia and feeling it is difficult to find information about what is going on in our Nation?
To step up and take action and help all and everyone who's interested in keeping up, I've decided to create an independent and non-official News Website about the Space Nation!
It is coming up soon and if you want to be informed first hand about it, I invite you to follow this link: http://bit.ly/AsgardianNews
The website is "under construction" and I assure you, I'm working on it day and night!
Along with an interview of our Asgardian Member of Parliament Jonathan Tate , the Director of the Space Guard Centre in Wales, the article comes in the aftermath of NASA reporting last week that a "space rock, several metres in size, exploded about 16 miles ...
Along with an interview of
our Asgardian Member of Parliament Jonathan Tate
, the Director of the Space Guard Centre in Wales, the article comes in the aftermath of NASA reporting last week that a "space rock, several metres in size, exploded about 16 miles above the earth’s surface with ten times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb."
Read the article here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1104420/end-of-world-extinction-level-event-comet-asteroid
Decree 2 (click here) from March 6, 2017 gave birth to our Asgardian Calendar (click here) . It is a solar calendar, composed of 13 months of 28 days each which equals to 13x28= 364 leaving the last day ...
Decree 2 (click here)
from March 6, 2017 gave birth to our
Asgardian Calendar (click here)
. It is a solar calendar, composed of
13 months of 28 days each
which equals to 13x28= 364 leaving the last day to be called
Article 3 of Decree 2 states:
« The final day of the year, which coincides with December 31, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, does not have a date and does not belong to any month. It is called “Year Day”. »
It is indeed a day to be celebrated as a special day for all Asgardians!
Together with our "Asgardian National Unity Day" (June 18th, Gregorian Calendar) and with "Asgardia's Birthday" (October 12th, Gregorian Calendar), " Year Day " is an equally important National Holiday for Asgardians!
This year, in the Asgardian community of Kuala Lumpur, we improvised a last minute meeting for the occasion, coordinating with WhatsApp and Facebook, just taking a one hour pause from our very busy schedules of the last hours of the year.
Some of us went fighting the heavy trafic, swimming in the crowds in the local public transport to finally make it to the most emblematic place of the city: KLCC, just before the fireworks show began, just to take a picture that will remain in the historical archives of our Nation, sharing a moment together!
Yes, despite the thousands of people around us waiting for the show to start, we managed to unfold our Asgardian banner and got a few pictures with it before it was time to say goodbye and all go back to our families and friends in preparation for the last evening of the year 2018 and, for us Asgardians, the last day of Year 0002 !!
HAPPY YEAR DAY EVERYONE!!
And you Asgardian friends reading this blog post, how did you celebrate Year Day 0002?
On December 17th, our acting Prime Minister, Mrs. Ana Mercedes Diaz, issued Directive No.1 , clarifying many aspects around the “Resident status” after the Citizenship Law that was first voted by Parliament ...
On December 17th, our acting Prime Minister, Mrs. Ana Mercedes Diaz, issued Directive No.1 , clarifying many aspects around the “Resident status” after the Citizenship Law that was first voted by Parliament in June 2018 and as it applies to us Asgardians at this time .
Despite the clarifications given, the debate on the
“Asgardia General Official”
still remains heated up
As throughout my life, I’ve had some experience about “residency” in various places on Earth, I felt I could share to help understand the process in which we currently are together.
My experience “abroad”
I have traveled quite a bit. As of today, December 19th 2018, I have so far visited over a hundred countries and autonomous territories, 104 to be precise. I have spent extended periods of time in a few of these countries (there are 11 countries where I’ve spent between a month and up to several years) and I have worked locally in several countries for shorter or longer periods of time (9 countries where I have received a local salary).
I consider myself to be “a World Citizen” even though in reality, like everyone else on Earth, I am bound to the citizenship laws of my country of birth, France, and to the relative “power” of the passport I receive from it as a French citizen.
Applying for a permit
As you can imagine, over the years, I have had experience with various immigration authorities, visited many embassies, submitted lots of applications and filled up many many forms either in order to be a “tourist“ and simply visit a country or in order to become a “resident” when I intended to stay and work abroad.
Being a tourist
At times, just to be a temporary tourist and be allowed to travel freely in a land, you have to buy what is called “a visa”. It is usually a sticker or a stamp placed in your passport, usually giving you the legal right to enter, to travel within and to remain in a given country for a predetermined time. So far, the most money I have had to spend for a visa to visit a country was well over 100€ for a 30 day visit (that was actually Russia). But that was not my most expensive visa: I once had to pay a 5-day visa for 50$US!! (that one was for Iran)
So, just visiting a country, not even staying, yes, that can be costly.
Becoming a resident
Now, what does a “Residence permit” do? In most countries, a “Residence permit” gives legal rights to live in a chosen country for an extended period of time (usually a year). It is also generally affixed in one’s passport, and often gives the possibility to legally work in that country. Other special permits exist for different situations such as “Student permits” or “Volunteering permits” for example.
The price and administrative procedures to follow in order to obtain legally a “Residence permit” are then entirely different from the process to follow when you apply to enter a country for a visit as a tourist. For example, for French passport holders willing to relocate to Canada, the process to obtain Residency usually take about a year, submitting various papers, degrees/diplomas, going through interviews, etc. and the fee just for the application (whether it is successful or not) is well over the 100€ fee that is asked in Asgardia.
What about gaining citizenship?
There are different ways to become the Citizen of a foreign country. Here are the main and most common ones:
1) Paying a substantial fee
Most countries offer different ways to gain Citizenship. Some offer Citizenship for a substantial payment/investment of several hundreds of thousands of euros, even millions in some cases, to acquire Citizenship which then gives access to a passport and the possibility to enjoy full rights as any other regular Citizen of the country.
2) By first being a Resident for a number of years
Some countries require that you first apply for temporary residency (through a “Residence permit”). Then, after remaining a resident for a few years, the candidate must apply for permanent residency (through a “Permanent Resident permit”). Only then, ultimately, the candidate can apply for Citizenship in a process called “naturalisation”. This process is in place in countries such as Australia or New Zealand for example. Usually, attached to that process is a civic training followed by an interview led in the official language of the country, at times even accompanied by a language test and a questionnaire to make sure that the candidate knows their way around the culture and the language of the country of which they want to become Citizens. That’s the case for France, as an example.
3) Through marriage
Marriage is another path to become a Citizen of another country. Laws greatly vary from country to country to make sure the marriage is real and not a “marriage of convenience” or “sham marriage”. Some countries, such as France, don’t automatically grant citizenship to a Foreigner who marries a French person. That foreign person must wait five years, learn French language, sit for citizenship classes and then pass a written test and/or an interview…
What about dual Citizenship?
Dual Citizenship is when you have a second nationality. Please note that some countries don’t recognise dual citizenship (China, Malaysia just to name a few) and that if you were born in these countries and you happen to gain Citizenship in another country, you de facto lose your original Citizenship with all the rights and privileges attached to it (such as the right to access free public services, healthcare, education, right to work in the country, to marry in the country, etc.).
But fortunately, this doesn’t concern us in Asgardia, as we will see later, in an upcoming post.
What about Asgardia’s Citizens?
Because at this time, Asgardia is still not a full-fledged Nation,
there are no Citizens in Asgardia
. [EDIT: more to come on that in my next blog post]
In the process of building the Nation, before we had laws defining what “Asgardian Citizenship” really means, the term “Citizen” has been used at times, but never as a defined status referring to existing people. To the extend of my research, understanding and knowledge, if such a term was used, it was always referring to the upcoming concept and status of a Citizen, now defined in the Law of Citizenship. That means that at no point in the history of Asgardia anyone was called or even considered officially a Citizen. We were all rather "Citizens to be".
Now that the Citizenship Law has been voted, assented by our Head of Nation and further amended by our Parliament, we now have a clearer route map, a better understanding of the steps to come in the process of acquiring that status of “Citizen”.
No easy way to become a Citizen
As we have seen in the many examples shared above, there is no easy way for someone to become a Citizen of any Nation. To acquire Citizenship in Cyprus without residence, among other specific conditions, the minimum fee to invest is 300,000€, and it is one of the lowest in Europe!
Just like here in Malaysia, where I am glad to be a Resident and enjoy free access to the land, the culture and the food, there is a fee to be paid to acquire my permit.
However, being a Resident here in Malaysia doesn't actually give me any advantage I wouldn't already have if I would only be here as a tourist. Except the fact that a French tourist can only stay a maximum of 90 days and then has to leave the country while me, as a Resident permit holder, I can stay for the whole year!
Maybe that is my special advantage.
If I ever wanted to become a Citizen of Malaysia, I could then vote, I could also acquire property in a much easier way than it is for me now as a foreigner, get access to the public healthcare system, etc.
But to do so, I would have to show the proof that I have lived here 10 years under a Permanent Residence Permit, pay a fee and also work a bit on my Malay language since... there is a language proficiency test to pass!
After two years of existence, Asgardia is now offering the people who have followed and supported the developments of the Nation an opportunity to acquire the transitional status of “Resident”, which, as it is for many Nations, is a first step towards acquiring Asgardian Citizenship.
In the light of the above, I now let you be the judge whether paying this
“100€ Citizenship fee”
to become an Asgardian Resident to be on track to become a Citizen is worth your while or not.
We are building the first Space Nation, we have never done that before, in fact, no one has ever done it before. True, it is not a straightforward road because adjustments are likely to be needed to keep the vision of “One Humanity, One Unity” alive and at the same time to move forward building our Government and our economy.
At an average cruise speed of 8 kilometres per second (28.800 kilometres per hour), one can imagine it is not always easy for the occupants of the International Space Station to identify the part of the world they are right above at a given time. After all, just as ...
At an average cruise speed of 8 kilometres per second (28.800 kilometres per hour), one can imagine it is not always easy for the occupants of the International Space Station to identify the part of the world they are right above at a given time. After all, just as our Head of Nation Dr. Ashurbeyli mentioned several times, from space, one cannot see the manmade arbitrary borders that define Earthly states and nations!
The picture above was taken on Saturday, February 11th 2012 during Expedition 30 , under the Command of Dan Burbank (NASA). It was Burbank's third spaceflight and at the time the picture was taken, another Astronaut, Don Pettit, three Cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoli Ivanishin, and Oleg Kononenko and a Spationaut, André Kuipers, were under his command.
Up to this day, it is not known who exactly of the six men took the picture.
The week the picture was taken was an important week for the crew of the ISS: the preparation and training for the first EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity, better known as "Space Walk") of the year 2012, scheduled to take place five days later. A few hours after the picture was taken, the six men went to sleep. Little did they know that their sleep that night would be shorten by six hours!!
The crew was woken up by an emergency wake up on Sunday, February 12th around midnight (UTC), and found that the Station had suffered a temporary loss of power during their sleep, due to the failure of one of its power channels!
With the participation of everyone onboard and the help and guidance of organised teams on the ground, the re-powering of the ISS Systems was able to be established by 8pm (UTC) that same day. It took almost a full day to verify the integrity of all parts of the Station, the safety of the crew and the stability of the Station. By Monday 13th, all necessary resetting and controls had been operated and the crew was able to go back to its scheduled routine.
Usually, for the occupants of the Space Station, Sunday schedules are organised to be as "off duty days", meaning that they only have essential science and usual maintenance items to perform to keep things to a minimum. But the emergency nature of the situation and the processes necessary for the reset and restauration of the Station made that this Sunday ended up being a busy day... with not much rest!
Fortunately, the EVA that was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 16th, thanks to the power loss to have occurred on the Sunday and not during the busy week schedule, didn't need to be postponed. That first Space Walk of 2012 (the only one of Expedition 30) lasted 6 hours 15 minutes and was led by Shkaplerov and Kononenko mainly to prepare for the undocking of the Pirs docking compartment relocating the Strela 1 Equipment Crane module to the Mini-Research Module 2 . There was also the retrieval of an experiment module which exposed materials to the space environment, while another experiment ( the Vynoslivost Sample Experiment ), was installed on handrails on MRM2. As there was not enough time to install the two units for the "TEST experiment", just one unit was installed before time for the EVA ran out. The scheduled task to install five shields on Zvezda to protect it from micrometeoroid debris was also cancelled and was rescheduled to be done during the following EVA, scheduled to take place in August that same year, during Expedition 32 .
This event that occurred hours after the picture was taken, is what is called a "Power-On Reset". It occurs occasionally aboard ISS and is considered a random event possibly associated with radiation. Prior to that event, the Station had previously suffered two such PORs, one on February 11th 2007 (during Expedition 14 ) and the other on November 3rd, 2008 ( Expedition 18 ).
What an adventure!
The photo of the unknown city that had just been taken before the whole POR incident was brought back to Earth and posted on the ESA website three years later, on 13th of March 2014, under the Space Station image tag #ISS030-E-85887.
It is with the help of the fans of the ESA website that the city was actually identified as being Kuala Lumpur, the city I have adopted!