I found this video when it came across my social media feed as an ad. Is this a parody? A science fiction story? A scam? A cult? Are they serious? You can watch the video above to decide for yourself.

They call their city Asgardia. They have a YouTube page and a Website where you can go learn and decide if this is for real or not.

They claim they already have their own territory in space. Right now, it's just a satellite called Asgardia 1. It's small, but they claim it as sovereign territory. You can actually click this link and read about it for yourself.

From the Website: "Asgardia 1 is a proof of concept satellite for long-term data storage in orbit by Asgardia Space (a.k.a. the self-proclaimed 'space nation' Asgardia)."

Their stated mission on their website is as follows:

"Asgardia also has a long-term objective of setting up habitable platforms in space and building settlements on the Moon. We believe that the creation of a new legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth and deep space is crucial to keep pace with humanity’s rapid technological and scientific expansion off-planet. Universal space law and astro-politics have to replace the current outdated international space law and geopolitics."

The leader of this space nation is a fellow named Igor Ashurbeyli. You can read his rather interesting bio here (and I'll let you think of your own jokes of the mad scientist assistant named Igor).

Mr Ashurbeyli was born September 9, 1963 and is an Azerbaijani-born Russian scientist, businessman, and philanthropist. In 1988 he became the founder and first general manager of Socium. Socium was originally a small software and consulting company and is now a large holding company with over 10,000 employees worldwide.

You'll find their invitation to join their space nation in the invitation on the front page of their website:

"Become a part of a movement that will define the future of humanity’s expansion off-planet. Join a global multi-cultural transnational community of like-minded space and science visionaries, forging a new future in space together."

They claim to have everything ready to go to become a member of the United Nations - as soon as they actually get their space city/nation populated.

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