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.
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.