Everyone comes from somewhere, right? A nation (and there are 193 of them in the United Nations) is a place, enclosed by borders, where people share common history, culture, and language. Of course, they also share some form of government.
Molossia is a nation, or actually a “micronation” that you probably have never heard of.
Where Is and What Is the Micronation of Molossia?
Founded by President Kevin Baugh and “King” James Spielman in 1977, the micronation was first settled in Portland, Oregon. The borders were re-established in 1995 on 1.3 acres of desert in the state of Nevada. Nevada was chosen because it was “nice and dry, and there are not too many bugs” according to President Baugh.
Photo: Amy Baugh
This micronation has all the essentials we find in the real world: a government (led by the military dictator/president Baugh), treasury system (the currency is chocolate chip cookie dough), military (Navy…never mind there is no water for thousands of miles), post office (for the 33 citizens), and (naturally) a customs office to enforce border concerns. They even have an enemy: East Germany.
Photo: Amy Lombard
When wanna-be micronation founders ask for President Baugh’s advice about starting their own country, he tells them, “‘Learn about other countries, learn about other cultures, learn some history. Because once you get done with putting up that flag and you’ve given it a name, what are you going to do with your country?’ It helps to know how countries work to know how to keep your country active and engaged and interesting and maybe make a difference.”
How can a country that puts a ban on onions and walruses, and has launched their own rocket “manned” by a Mexican jumping bean, not be worthy of a visit?
After reading more about this micronation, how high up on your travel bucket list will you rank Molossia? If you’ve already visited, please let us know how you enjoyed your trip.
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