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Asgardians are now able to vote on the future of the Earth’s first “space nation,” that includes selecting its constitution, flag, and national anthem.
Unity Day – June 18 according to the Gregorian calendar or Asgard 1, according to the Asgardian calendar – is the 24-hour period when registered citizens of the globe’s first space nation can electronically vote on the future of their country.
Asgardia, also famous as the Space Kingdom of Asgardia, is a proposal for a nation that was introduced on October 12, 2016.The nation’s 214,255 citizens, who come from approximately 200 countries, will be voting on 5 different items: the country’s declaration, constitution, national flag, insignia, and national anthem.
Here are five things that all those who aren’t yet Asgardians should know about the wannabe recognized nation:
1. The beginning of now
Asgardia was first introduced in Paris on October 12, 2016 (or October 5 for Asgardians) by Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli, who guaranteed a “trans-national, trans-ethnic, community of people with the common goal of settling a human presence in space.”
While many people have been skeptical that Asgardia will become anything more than just a wacky blip in their Google search engine, recently, Ashurbeyli declared that the first satellite, Asgardia-1, will be launched into space by NASA this autumn.
As it is proven, quite a few people would like to join the globe’s first trans-national, trans-ethnic space community. Approximately 200,000 people signed up to be Asgardians during the first forty hours of its birth.
As it was reported, the number increased to more than 500,000 but was lowered to a humble 200,000 after just “serious” candidates received citizenship.
While Ashurbeyli will be the leader of state for the first 5 years, a parliamentary election will select his successor after that, and verified Asgardians can begin making their way up the political ladder when the 1st round of elections starts on June 24.
In addition, citizens can make changes by petitioning any leader, “including the head of nation, and any branch of the Asgardian government.” 1,000 signatures are needed for a petition to be reviewed.
Asgardia has plenty of legal issues to resolve before becoming a recognized nation.
As mentioned at its website, the space community is trying to “develop diplomatic relations with other Earth nations” to become recognized by the United Nations. Asgardia currently ranks 185th amidst the world’s nations by population size.
4. Asgardia’s future
The first Asgardia’s satellite, Asgardia-1, from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, will be launched this autumn.
The CubeSat satellite’s 512GB of storage can maintain enough personal info for up to 1.5 million Asgardians, who will be able to upload up to 300KB of data over the satellite’s lifetime, not to mention the nation’s constitution, flag, and various governmental data.
There are already plans for a second satellite’s launch in 2018, with a final goal of eventually having a satellite huge enough to host millions of Asgardians in space.
“Asgardia-1 will mark the beginning of a new space era, taking our citizens into space in virtual form, at first,” said Ashurbeyli.
5. Asgard time
We can all probably agree that the Asgardian calendar makes a lot more sense than the one we are currently using.
The Asgardian calendar has 13 months of 28 days or exactly 4 weeks. That means that every year and month start on a Sunday. Also, the same date every year will always fall on the same day of the week. The extra month, Asgard, is in between June and July.
There are three holidays on the national calendar so far: 12/10, Asgardia’s Birthday; 31/12, Year Day; and 18/06, National Unity Day.
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