So – It’s the time of year again and like it or hate it, the Residence Fee is due. There are a lot of different opinions and feelings about the fee and I wanted to talk a little bit about that in this blog. My first exposure to it all was a video of a warm, fatherly-looking man standing beside a huge globe with some voice-over translation of his words outlining his vision and the launch of Asgardia’s new calendar.

Back in 2016-early 2017, I’ll admit – I was a little bit sceptical about the whole thing, the idea of creating a new nation in space that would help to safeguard the future of humanity just seemed so far-fetched – but ultimately, it was so appealing that I wanted to know more.

Giving to the cause

There are people out there who think that just because people are giving their money to Asgardia we’re somehow being scammed and honestly, I can’t understand where they’re coming from. I am giving my money and my time to Asgardia because I want to. I am not expecting anything back from it. Asgardia hasn’t promised me anything that they’re not giving me and no-one is tricking me out of my hard-earned coin.

As we move into the fourth year, I think that it’s time to get over it and accept that Asgardia is here for the long-haul.

– Ross Cheeseright

The first space nation is doing exactly what they said they would do. Working to build an internally recognised nation that will reside in space – it’s building up its profile, it’s working on establishing bilateral relations with other organisations and nations, it’s addressing the problems of living in space – Over the past three years we;

  • launched a Satellite to symbolically host our nation,
  • ran an experiment to determine the long-term effects of space radiation on digital storage,
  • voted in the constitution,
  • inaugurated our Head of Nation,
  • elected our Parliament,
  • formed our Government,
  • held countless digital meetings for Parliament,
  • held physical meetings and conferences for our nation’s Parliament and Government,
  • attended trade-shows,
  • drafted dozens of new laws,
  • started bilateral discussions with organisations and nations,
  • and a lot more besides.

Each year that passes and each new accomplishment we attain makes calling Asgarida a scam more and more redundant and with all that’s been done so far, it’s bordering on the ridiculous.

As we move into the fourth year, I think that it’s time to get over it and accept that Asgardia is here for the long-haul and if you don’t like it, take a step back until Asgardia is ready to live up to your expectations and let the rest of us enjoy our time here.

I, for one, will continue to contribute to the further development of the Nation – I will give my time, I will give my money and I will find ways to make sure that Asgardia becomes the place that we all wanted it to be.

Let’s get to work.

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