Republic of Molossia

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Republic of Molossia
Respubliko de Molossia (Esperanto)
República de Molossia (Spanish)

Flag of Molossia
Coat of Arms of Molossia
Coat of Arms

Motto: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Anthem: "Fair Molossia is Our Home"[1][2]
Location of Molossia
and largest city
Official languages English
Demonym(s) Molossian
Organizational structure Unitary
presidential republic[5] under a dictatorship
• President
Kevin Baugh
• Vice President
Adrianne Baugh
Legislature none
• Grand Republic of Vuldstein[6]
May 26, 1977
• Kingdom of Molossia proclaimed[6]
May 1998
• Communist government[6]
June 1998
• First Republic of Molossia established[6]
September 3, 1999
• Dictatorship of Kickassia proclaimed
April 9th, 2010
• Second Republic of Molossia established[6]
April 11th, 2010

Area claimed
• Total
0.0053 km2 (0.0020 sq mi)
Purported currency Valora and cookie dough[7]
Time zone Molossian Standard Time (UTC-7:21)
Calling code +1 775

The Republic of Molossia, also known as Molossia, is a micronation claiming sovereignty over 1.28 acres of land near Dayton, Nevada. The micronation has not received recognition from any of the member states of the United Nations.[8][9][10][11] It was founded by Kevin Baugh. On April 16, 2016, Baugh hosted a tour of Molossia, sponsored by the website Atlas Obscura.[12] He continues to pay property taxes on the land to Storey County (the recognized local government), although he calls it "foreign aid". He has stated "We all want to think we have our own country, but you know the U.S. is a lot bigger".[13]


Photograph of Kevin Baugh
Kevin Baugh

Molossia was originally a monarchy named the Grand Republic of Vuldstein (1977) and was later renamed the Kingdom of Molossia (1998). It was under a communist system for a short period of time. Molossia's origins came from a childhood micronational project, the Grand Republic of Vuldstein, founded by Kevin Baugh and James Spielman while they were teenagers[14] on May 26, 1977.[15] Baugh has claimed that he based the idea of Molossia on the film The Mouse That Roared,[16][17] and also claims influence from his time in the military.[10]

Geography and climate

The Republic of Molossia is situated in the Great Basin, the largest arid region in North America. The terrain consists of dry, rocky or sandy soil. Molossia is situated in the Dayton Valley, near the Carson River. The area occupied by Molossia experiences a dry-summer or Mediterranean climate. The average temperature for the year in Molossia is Template:Cvt. The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 71.1 °F (21.37 °C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of Template:Cvt.[18][19]


Molossia's currency is the valora, which is subdivided into 100 futtrus and pegged to the relative value of Pillsbury cookie dough.[20][21] Cookie dough is stored in an outbuilding called the Bank of Molossia, from which valora coins made from gambling chips and printed banknotes are sold.[22]

Military history


The Republic of Molossia claims to be at war with East Germany, alleging that they are responsible for military drills performed by Kevin Baugh while stationed with the United States Military in West Germany, and therefore are also responsible for the resulting diagnosis of sleep deprivation.[23] While East Germany formally ceased to exist in 1990 following the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany, Molossia argues that Ernst Thälmann Island, dedicated by Cuba to Weimar German politician Ernst Thälmann and given to East Germany, as well as its lack of mention in the Treaty on the Final Settlement or by the nation of Cuba, is therefore still East German land, allowing the war to continue.[24][25]

Past conflicts

The first conflict to occur with another self-proclaimed micronation started on May 22, 2006, with Moustachestan, run by a friend of Baugh's known as Sultan Ali-Ali Achsenfree.[26] The Republic of Molossia successfully defended itself with the aid of the Protectorate of New Antrim and Grand Admiral Hess in the Naval Battle of Lake Jean, the Skirmish of Black-Lizard Canyon, and the Battle of Rattlesnake-Rift before agreeing to an initial restitution peace treaty on June 8, 2006. Due to the damage done to the Antrim naval force of kayaks as well as the injury at Black-Lizard Canyon, the Sultan was made to pay one Pillsbury cookie dough roll (one valora) each month for six months, as well as to yield any de jure claim on the Molossian Republic.[27]

On April 9, 2010, the Republic was again invaded and eventually overthrown by the Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker). The Dictatorship of Channel Awesome was proclaimed, but was greatly overworked and tired by the stewardship of the nation.[28] During this time, the deposed president used espionage to remove the regime under the guise of the rich European, Baron von Grisbar, which was eventually successful. The Second Republic was proclaimed two days later. Since then, no other foreign power has invaded the capital of Baughton.

National anthem

Molossia has changed its national anthem twice. The first anthem was based on the Romanian patriotic song "Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire," which was named "Molossia, Nation in the Desert." In 2014, the anthem was changed again to the music of "La Zaïroise" (the national anthem of Zaire) and was renamed to "Fair Molossia is Our Home" to mark the 15th anniversary of its independence.[29]

National symbols

Molossia's flag is a horizontal tricolor flag of blue, white, and green. The blue bar represents the nation's strength and the desert sky, the white bar represents purity and the surrounding mountains, and the green bar represents prosperity and the Molossian landscape.[30] The flag is basically an inverted version of the flag of Sierra Leone.

Other national symbols of Molossia include the mustang, the national animal; the desert quail, the national bird; and the common juniper and common sagebrush, Molossia's national tree and flower, respectively.[30]

It is the origin of the Molossolini, a non-alcoholic mixed drink of Sprite, grenadine, and pineapple juice, with added cherries and slices of banana, orange, and pineapple.[31]


In 2010, the Republic of Molossia was featured in a feature-length special by Channel Awesome called Kickassia. In the film, the Republic undergoes an invasion by the Nostalgia Critic and his posse of reviewers.[32] The Nostalgia Critic ruled as dictator of Molossia for a short time before returning leadership to Kevin Baugh.[33]

See also

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  1. Our New National Anthem Republic of Molossia ( Date 28 January 2014; access date 4 September 2014
  2. "Republic of Molossia National anthem on Youtube". YouTube (Republic of Molossia Account). Archived from the original on 2021-12-17. Retrieved 2 August 2021.Template:Cbignore
  3. "What is Esperanto?". Republic of Molossia. 226 Mary Lane, Dayton, Nevada 89403. Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-08-04. Esperanto is the second language of the Republic of Molossia.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. "Republic of Molossia on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. "Republic of Molossia - General Government Information".
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Timeline and History of Molossia May 26th, 1977". Official website of the Republic of Molossia. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  7. "Republic of Molossia - Bank of Molossia". Republic of Molossia.
  8. "Visit the Republic of Molossia | Sovereign Country in NV | Weird Nevada". Travel Nevada. Retrieved 2022-04-12. So, Is the Republic of Molossia a Real Country? The Republic of Molossia has quietly been an official, independent, sovereign country inside Nevada for more than forty years.
  9. "Molossia and Vikesland? Leaders of (fake) nations gather in L.A." Retrieved 2022-04-14. The occasion is MicroCon 2015, what organizers say is the first North American gathering of micronations, those itty bitty countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist... - The Republic of Molossia. Founded by Baugh and a buddy as teenagers in 1977, it existed mainly in Baugh's bedroom until he bought 1.3 acres of property in Northern Nevada in 1998 and built a railroad and private phone company.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "There's A Tiny Nation In Northern Nevada — Kind Of". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved 2022-04-14. It was his time in Europe that shaped Baugh's ideas on micronations. He liked the idea of tiny nations like Monaco and Liechtenstein. 'It kind of really stuck with me this is something I would like to do and continue to do and then when I got property in Northern Nevada that became the home for the Republic of Molossia,' he said.
  11. Baugh, Kevin. "Molossia FAQ". Molossia. Retrieved April 12, 2022. Is Molossia a Real Country? Yes. Molossia is as a sovereign, independent nation within the territory of the United States. It exists as a state within a state, much like the Navajo Nation. We exercise sovereignty over our own territory, and have our own laws, customs and land.
  12. "Interviewing the President of Molossia". Atlas Obscura. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  13. "Molossia and Vikesland? Leaders of (fake) nations gather in L.A." CBS News. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  14. Totten, Kristy (June 1, 2016). "Nevada Is Home To A Micronation — But Don't Tell The Micronation That".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "There's a country inside the US. Allegedly". Condé Nast Traveller India. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  16. Deach, Ben. "Silver State Sights: The Republic of Molossia". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. "Molossia and Vikesland? Leaders of (fake) nations gather in L.A." The Associated Press. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  18. "Climate of Silver City/Molossia".
  19. Wilcox, Len (2018-11-09). "Molossia: Nation Building on a Tiny Scale". AgNet West and Citrus Industry Magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. "Molossia's currency, the Valora, is linked in value to Pillsbury Cookie Dough (the current exchange rate of 1 Valora to $1 is 0.75)." Atlas Obscura article, April 2016
  21. Hookway, James (2020-06-21). "Fake Countries Have a Hard Time Dealing with the Pandemic, Too". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  22. "'Lonely Planet' Explores Micronations". Day to Day. National Public Radio. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
  23. Machado, Carmen (26 March 2013). "The Imaginary Republic of Molossia". Retrieved 2021-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. "The War with East Germany". Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  25. Machado, Carmen (2013-04-26). "The Imaginary Republic of Molossia". VICE. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  26. "Molossia-Mustachistan War". July 2006.
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  30. 30.0 30.1 "Republic of Molossia - National Symbols". Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  31. "Fast Facts About The "Republic" of Molossia". Topsy Tasty. August 30, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
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