Taking a Stand for Peace in Space
The essence of Asgardia is Peace in Space, and the prevention of Earth’s conflicts being transferred into space.
With its name stemming from the Viking Age myths of Asgard, a world that existed in the sky, Asgardia aims to create a free, independent nation outside of planet Earth. Participation is open to anyone regardless of the country of origin, nationality, location, age, gender, sex, race, etc.
One of the core tenants of Asgardia is that space should be used peacefully without transferring Earth’s conflicts and it’s for this reason that Asgardia upholds neutrality in space and is opposed to US president Donald Trump’s plan for a space force.
There has been much international discussion since June when President Donald Trump ordered the creation of a sixth branch of the US Armed Forces, to be known as the Space Force, and the new military branch seems to be transpiring quickly.
From a US perspective, the space force is aimed at protecting Americans who are exploring or living in outer space. It has been reported by various news outlets such as CNET and the LA Times that Defense Department leaders will begin creating three of the four elements of the Space Force in the coming months. These include a new combatant command for space, a new joint agency to purchase satellites for the military, as well as a new warfighting community that employs space operators from all service branches, according to Defense One reports. Moreover, it has been reported that the Pentagon can act on these measures regardless of Congress’s approval, due to the former establishment of cyber forces.
Asgardia’s Deputy Head of Administration, Lena De Winne, explained in an interview on Fox News’ Watters World, that although protection is needed everywhere, it’s of utmost importance to Asgardia that the protection is equal for every citizen of the Earth and not just American citizens.
Asgardia would be open to working with the United States in this field as they call for space to be maintained as a demilitarised zone. Asgardia promotes the use of space for the protection of individuals and countries (in particular developing nations) from space threats.
In an official Statement released by Asgardia, De Winne has also said:
“I truly hope that space will continue to be a free and open zone accessible to the citizens of the world, without needless use for military intervention.”
Commenting on the opportunities presented to American citizens by Asgardia, a spokesperson for Asgardia said:
“Asgardia has the ambition to open up space to as many people as possible and welcomes Americans who share the dream of human opportunities in space for all countries…. It’s time to open space up economically, socially, and culturally for all humankind.”
Additionally, De Winne explained to Jesse Watters, the host of Fox News’ Watters World that in the 1960s there was a signed outer space treaty to ensure that there was no war proliferation in space. This was established for a reason; because humankind is imperfect and one of those imperfections is its tendency to wage war. Thus, the outer space treaty ensures that space is a resource which belongs to all of humankind and Asgardia backs this treaty because, as Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, Head of Nation stated, “the essence of Asgardia is peace in space and the prevention of Earth’s conflicts being transferred into space.”
In his inauguration speech, Dr. Ashurbeyli expressed, that “first and foremost, Asgardia is a reflection of humanity’s beautiful and ancient dream of a divine and peaceful land in Heaven, a place that people have always striven so ardently to reach. A place where there is no pain or hatred, just love and joy. Is not this romantic vision of the free human spirit more important than the pragmatism of our entire world on Earth? Isn’t it beautiful?”
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