I was watching Family Guy one lazy afternoon when I came across this episode about Peter Griffin declaring his household an independent nation. I thought it was another clever Seth MacFarlane “idea” but to my surprise it was actually inspired by a real life micronation called “Molossia”, which consists of a man, his family and his household.
If Starship managed to create a city of rock and roll, Molossian President, His Excellency, Kevin Baugh managed to turn his 6.3 acre land in Nevada, USA into an independent sovereign nation in the year 1999. Over the years, the nation has continued to acquire more territories including 49,881 square miles on the planet Venus, which he calls “Vesperia”, as well as a spot on the North Pacific Ocean called “Neptune Deep”. And to further amaze you, this micronation is jampacked with a defined set of history and a rich culture you’re about to witness today.
Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Molossia is a marriage of the Spanish term “mollo” which means small rock or hill, and “ssia” which is a general suffix for a place. Founded on the 26th of May 1977, Molossia started out as the Grand Republic of Vuldstein. Considered King James I of Molossia was James Spielman, with Kevin Baugh as his prime minister. After some time, the king became a dormant force within the kingdom. Soon he was replaced by his Prime Minister, who pooled relentless efforts in the development of the nation as it is today.
Hailed as the “Master of the Ship of State; Servant of the People”, His Excellency, President Grand Admiral Colonel Doctor Kevin Baugh, is a visionary unlike any other. His utmost concern is his people’s welfare, a huge responsibility he considers an honor rather than a burden. He bears an overwhelming qualification that consist of an extensive military experience gained throughout his years of service in the Molossian Armed Forces, a congenial attitude that maintains friendly relations amongst other nations as well as celebrities and common people, a healthy lifestyle, and to top it all, the unrelenting love of his constituents.
The Government House
Helicopter Rock. Photo by mrjerz
Molossia Exhibit of Highlights. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Molossian Directional and Mileage Marker. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Molossian Post Office
Molossian Postage Stamps
Office of the Molossian President
OPEN: When we’re here
CLOSED: When we’re not
Business hours subject to surf conditions
Believe it or not, this humble household has been through a couple of wars. The Dead Dog War happened when a foreigner of the nation buried a dead dog inside its perimeter. Peaceful negotiations amounted to nothing. The dead dog was still there, getting more dead as the days passed. An all out war against an unknown assailant took over until a nonstop yakking of a male hero ended the nonsensical siege. The Mustachistan War on the other hand is a rather heart breaking story founded on territorial conflicts, with a former associate. A war with East Germany is still ongoing.
The Dead Dog War. Photo by mrjerz
Mustachistan War Memorial. Photo by mrjerz
As you see, Molossia is home to a deluge of attractions like a large scale museum. Every piece, an item of profound historical significance. Every architectural structure intricately made to magnet every traveler’s camera and make the photographer zoom in on all the little details. This took me years back when I was so obssessed with creating my own town in Sims. I wasn’t concerned about all the playing God concept of the game, but I spent weeks designing my microcosmic town. This guy really took designing his own microcosm to a whole new level.
Molossian Railroad. Photo by mrjerz
Molossian Railroad. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Molossian Navy Monument. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Molossian Navy. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Tower of the Winds. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Standard Molossian Time. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
A high end weather forecasting station. Photo by J. Stephen Conn
A Notice against the Entry of Spinach, Incandescent Light bulbs and other unworthies.
Photo by J. Stephen Conn
If the economics books require a national currency to make a nation official, well here’s a 20 Valora. You can buy this for $15.
The nation of Molossia is always open for visitors. Although it does not have its own airport, and nobody can book a flight going there, every curious wanderlust can always take a plane to Reno, Nevada and take a drive to Molossia. His Excellency grants every tourist an official Molossian passport as a sign of gratitude.
Molossian Passport and badges of honor
Visit Molossia virtually by clicking THIS. A little disclaimer, the website was written by a smart ass whose humor could convince you otherwise that Molossia indeed is a legit country.
It isn’t. But it sure is awesome.