STOR­AGE SPACE

You can now hide sen­si­tive doc­u­ments far, far away in outer space. But you’ll first need to be­come a ci­ti­zen of the Space Kingdom of As­gar­dia.

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You can now hide sen­si­tive doc­u­ments far, far away in outer space. But you’ll first need to be­come a ci­ti­zen of the Space Kingdom of As­gar­dia

How far will peo­ple go, lit­er­ally, to avoid pay­ing taxes? Ber­muda and the Cay­man Is­lands are cer­tainly a lengthy plane ride away, but the edge of the at­mos­phere is a lot fur­ther from the pry­ing eyes and laws of mere earth-dwellers.

A team of sci­en­tists and le­gal ex­perts led by Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Igor Ashurbeyli, the founder of Aerospace In­ter­na­tional Re­search Cen­tre and chair of Unesco’s Sci­ence of Space com­mit­tee, is go­ing in­ter­ga­lac­tic with his plan to start the first na­tion state in space.

At a re­cent press con­fer­ence in Hong Kong, Ashurbeyli ex­pressed his in­tent on cre­at­ing a new set of laws for The Space Kingdom of As­gar­dia, which will legally bind its cit­i­zens. The As­gar­dia web­site has al­ready been bom­barded by half a mil­lion cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tions and mil­lions more hits; there are cur­rently just over 200,000 reg­is­tered As­gar­dians.

In its first stage As­gar­dia will be launched as a satel­lite data stor­age fa­cil­ity called Cube­sat. The 10cm by 10cm satel­lite will have a 512GB ca­pac­ity and will be able to hold the per­sonal data of the first 500,000 cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­cants, putting said in­for­ma­tion out of phys­i­cal and le­gal reaches of earthly gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­ves­ti­ga­tors. The plan is to even­tu­ally de­velop an ac­tual liv­ing space for its cit­i­zens.

For now, Cube­sat is con­sid­ered an Amer­i­can satel­lite bound by Amer­i­can laws. But that could change. And if it does, the tax bu­reau might well want to get their hands on the list of ap­pli­cants cit­i­zen­ship.

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