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Asgardia: A diamond in the rough

Asgardia: A diamond in the rough
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APRIL, 2018
Asgardia
Progress
Gizmodo
Gizmodo’s Article by Charles Rollet reports a difficult first attempt at Democracy, sprinkles some doubts on the process along the way and, tops it off with a little bit of conspiracy theory – But, the truth of the matter is a lot brighter than the picture Rollet’s article paints of the Space Nation.
It’s no secret that Asgardia has had its fair share of teething troubles during its first election. The systems, technology and social views have been stress-tested to their limits and it’s clear that there is a lot to be learnt from Asgardia’s “first attempt at democracy.”

While no-one is trying to claim that the First Space Nation has enjoyed a perfect election, it needs to be pointed out that Asgardia has achieved some amazing things over the past few months.

Asgardia set out with a vision of a united humanity that rejects the boarders and earthly boundaries that divide us and, throughout the elections a glimpse of that vision really started to shine through.

Asgardia was founded on the 12th of October, 2016 – Not even two years ago and in that time we have

  • Created and established a national constitution
  • Gained over 186,000 people who identify as an Asgardian Citizen.
  • Become the 173rd largest nation in the world by population size.
  • Launched a Satellite into space
  • Formed a robust and active online community.
  • Connected forward thinking people who are working on space and science projects
  • Collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that will go towards funding the nation.
  • Been featured in the press dozens of times.

And to top that all off Asgardia has now taken vital steps towards electing a body of representatives from citizens who will help to further define and shape Asgardia through its laws and committees.

“Few democracies around the world can claim to be as diverse and multi-cultural as Asgardia.”
The elections have done more than just serve as a democratic system, they really forced people to think critically about the issues facing the nation and the sorts of things that we’ll need to overcome as we walk down the path of becoming a nation with such a diverse people.

Few democracies around the world can claim to be as diverse and multi-cultural as Asgardia – proof that the vision is starting to take shape and that the earthly divides are coming down.

So was the election perfect? No – but it is progress and every day Asgardia grows and becomes more valid, tangible, and legitimate and, as long as Asgardia continues to walk down this path, to learn from its mistakes and make progress then we will see the vision of the First Space Nation become a reality.

As citizens, we’re being asked to be a part of the process of building the nation. We’re being asked to become a pioneer in developing space and we all want to try and become a part of this vision – And because of that it’s important that we conduct ourselves in a constructive manner.

But as we move forward and as we face new challenges, let’s not forget the amazing journey we have had so far and let’s not forget our pride as Asgardians.

About The Author

Ross

Currently, Ross Cheeseright is a member of Asgardia's "Administrative" chapter working on internal communications and new acquisitions and is studying for a degree in Software Engineering. Ross has a passion for nation building and virtual reality and hopes to help solve the problems facing the formation of new 'decentralised micronations' like Asgardia. If you like what Ross is doing and would like to support him, why not consider backing him.

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