Asgardia refers to itself as a nation. Not just any nation, but actually the first nation to establish itself in space! Their first tiny satellite launched into space recently, establishing a presence ‘out there’, but it is too small to be occupied by a human.
Since the definition of nation usually includes that the people inhabit a country or territory, the satellite is unlikely to suffice as either a country or territory. So, at least for now, Asgardia is only a nation-want-to-be.
Nevertheless, Asgardia represents the beginning of space colonization. In their concept of humans occupying space, the people of Asgardia might not refer to this as colonization, since some may mistake that term for meaning competition. But with costs to build and launch femto-satellites in the few thousands of dollars, this is likely to be just the beginning of hundreds if not thousands of other groups launching into space.
SYFY’s “The Expanse” is just one sci-fi depiction of what might happen when governments, mega-companies, and others go out into space and compete with money and power. Asgardia has a more peaceful vision for that future. I have yet to write a space opera or even a short story directly involving competition in space, but my stories involving space mining — “You Can Choose Your Parents” and “Remorse over Enceladus” and “A Comic on Phobos” — are somewhat related to the topic.
I’ll have to give some thought as to where I think this — nations in space, etc — is all headed. I didn’t achieve my goal of writing new stories this year, but I did make games and write and blog. I have many story ideas outlined in my files, so I’m ready to go. New stories are high on my list of things to do for 2018. I’m excited. Stay tuned!