Republic of Molossia is a satirical micronation project that has a
history extending over several decades. It was founded on 26 May, 1977
by well-known micronational hobbyist Kevin Baugh, and inspired by the
kingdom of Molossia, which was part of the League of Epirus in Greece,
until its conquest by Rome. However, the modern incarnation more closely
approximates a stereotypical South American banana republic than its
Molossia consists of Baugh's small rural acreage in Dayton, Nevada, and
its citizens are limited to the members of his family who reside there.
The Molossian defence forces consist of Baugh's son and an inflatable
rubber dinghy. Transportation services consist of a model railway which
traverses parts of the property. The property is also home to a number
of art installations, including the Tower of the Winds, a Peace Pole and
Norton Park. The Molossian tricolour is raised before the Presidential
residence each morning with due solemnity; it remains one of the few
micronational flags that has actually been raised on a real flagpole.
Molossia's first three coins were manufactured by President Baugh by
affixing coloured labels to plastic gambling chips - an appropriate
symbol of the micronation's Nevada heritage. It's first metal coin was
produced by USNS member Jorge Vidal, and commemorates a treaty of
friendship between Molossia and the Grand Duchy of
© 2005-06, USNS
/ G Cruickshank.
and G Cruickshank.