‘Space Kingdom’ Seeks Citizens for Life beyond Earth
Anyone who wishes to truly get away from life on Earth may want to consider becoming a citizen of Asgardia. The nation hopes to build a permanent settlement on the moon.
Asgardia was founded in 2016. Its organizers say it has about 200,000 citizens. It also has a constitution and an elected parliament. Asgardia's leader is Igor Ashurbeyli. He is a Russian engineer, computer scientist and businessman. He was inaugurated June 25.
Asgardians have big plans. They want to build up a population of 150 million people within 10 years. They also plan to operate space ships in outer space where humans can live permanently.
Ashurbeyli gave his first speech as president to several hundred people in Vienna, Austria. In the speech, he said "This day will certainly be recorded in the annals of the greatest events in the history of humankind."
He added, "We have thus established all branches of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia – the first space nation of the united humankind – has been born."
Asgardia is named after Asgard, a world in the sky in the ancient mythology of Northern Europe.
Organizers say Asgardia has citizens who now live in more than 200 countries. A person can become a citizen online for free.
Asgardians say they want to interest the 2 percent of the world's population that is "most creative."
Ashurbeyli said he wants to have satellites providing worldwide Internet access in five to seven years. He also wants space ships operating in 10 to 15 years, and to establish a permanent settlement on the moon within 25 years.
Asgardians now pay a yearly membership fee of about $125. The nation plans to collect taxes on businesses and private income. But it says those taxes will be kept very low.
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1.space ships 宇宙飞船
Trains, fork-lifts, monorails, space ships; they've got all the features that will appeal to youngsters.
2.membership fee 会员费
The membership fee of the swimming club is200 dollars a year.
3.outer space 外太空
Exploring outer space is a challenge to mankind.
4.build up 建立；成立
The regime built up the largest army in Africa.
5.Anyone who wishes to truly get away from life on Earth may want to consider becoming a citizen of Asgardia.
get away from 远离；摆脱
They managed to get away from the coast undetected.
People want to get away from the drudgery of their everyday lives.
6.Asgardia is named after Asgard, a world in the sky in the ancient mythology of Northern Europe.
named after 以...命名
Every parish was named after a saint.
The college is named after George Washington.
阿斯加迪亚成立于2016年。组建者称，这个国家已经拥有约20万公民 。它还拥有宪法和由选举产生的议会 。阿斯加迪亚的领导者是伊格尔·阿舒尔拜利（Igor Ashurbeyli） 。他是一名俄罗斯工程师、计算机科学家和商人 。他于6月25日宣誓就职 。
阿斯加迪亚人有一个大计划。他们想在10年内建立一个拥有1.5亿人口的国家 。他们还计划在人类可永久居住的外太空使用太空飞船 。
阿斯加迪亚人国民现每年需要支付约125美元的费用。该国计划对企业和私人征税 。但该国表示征收的税额较低 。