The Republic of Molossia: Nevada’s Quirky Micronation

Anyone who has spent an extended amount of time in the most remote stretches of the desert in the Western United States can tell you that the arid, desolate corners of America attract some pretty quirky characters. It is no surprise that military man and lofty dreamer Kevin Baugh decided to found his very own micronation—equipped with a miniature navy, bank, and railroad—in the outer reaches of Nevada’s bone dry Great Basin.

Molossia Border Sign

Kevin Baugh first dreamt of founding his own micronation in the late 1970s. Over the years, Baugh’s plan came to fruition. In the late 1990s, Baugh purchased some land in rural Dayton, Nevada which ultimately became the Republic of Molossia. The inhabitants of Molossia are Baugh’s wife, children, and dogs.

His Excellency President Kevin Baugh

His Excellency President Kevin Baugh | Photo by J. Stephen Conn/Flickr

Baugh can often be found wearing a military uniform adorned with several medals of unknown origin. Baugh refers to himself on Molossia’s website as “His Excellency President Grand Admiral Colonel Doctor Kevin Baugh.” It is unclear if Baugh is having a good laugh, taking himself far too seriously—or something in-between.

The Directions Sign has the distance to other property-holding micronations

The Directions Sign has the distance to other property-holding micronations | Photo by Ryan Jerz/Flickr

Those who are curious about the Republic of Molossia can set up a tour of the micronation by contacting His Excellency Kevin Baugh. A large sign alerts visitors that they are entering “an independent, sovereign nation.” It is important to note that the state of Nevada does not recognize the Republic of Molossia’s sovereignty, even though Molossia has its own currency which is linked to the price of a popular cookie dough.

As long as His Excellency President Grand Admiral Colonel Doctor Kevin Baugh keeps paying taxes to Uncle Sam with green dollars bills, he and his subjects will surely be free to fly the tri-colored Molossian Flag. Fans of the Republic of Molossia can buy Molossia-themed merchandise from the Republic’s official website. Purchasing a Molossian-themed thong is a great way to help Molossia thrive.

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