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Republic of Molossia
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Fair Molossia is Our Home
Molossia is located near Dayton, Nevada
|Official language(s)||English, German, Esperanto, Deseret Alphabet (English)|
|Government||Nominally constitutional presidential republic; de facto Military dictatorship|
|- President||Kevin Baugh|
|Legislature||National Assembly (advisory only)|
|Established||September 3, 1999|
|Area claimed||14.3 acres|
It consists of Baugh's house (known as the Government House), about 0.001 acres (4 m2) in size, as well as 1.3 acres (5,000 m2) of surrounding property, enclaved by Nevada. It formerly claimed a property in Pennsylvania as well. According to author John Ryan, "Molossia is a hobby that has been pushed to the ninth degree." Originally established as a childhood project in 1977, Molossia subsequently evolved into a territorial entity in the late 1990s.
The name Molossia is derived from the Spanish word morro which means "small rocky hill;" Baugh has stated that the ancient Greek tribe of Molossians is unrelated.
On September 3, 1999, Baugh created the Republic of Molossia as a latter day successor to a childhood make-believe kingdom called "The Grand Republic of Vuldstein", and declared himself to be its president.
On November 13, 2012, Kevin Baugh created a petition on the WhiteHouse.gov We the People website requesting formal recognition of the micronation. However, his petition did not gain enough signatures for recognition.
Molossia consists of two, previously three, properties located within the continental United States and comprising a total area of 6.3 acres (2.5 ha); each are owned by Baugh. Harmony Province is located near Dayton, Nevada and is the smallest of Molossia's territories at little more than one acre in size. It is the Baugh family's primary place of residence, and the site of Molossia's designated capital, Baughston. Baughston, was renamed from Espera on 30 July 2013 to commemorate President Baugh's 51st birthday.
The Protectorate of New Antrim was located at an undisclosed location in Pennsylvania and was the largest of Molossia's territories at a little over 8 acres (3.2 ha) in extent. It was named for the Northern Irish County Antrim and had its own governor, Grand Admiral Hess. It is no longer claimed by Molossia.
In August 2003, Baugh purchased a small piece of rural land in Northern California. This was referred to the Colony of Farfalla. The property was sold late in 2005, after Baugh inherited more land which he subsequently named Desert Homestead Province, in Southern California. Desert Homestead was previously owned by Baugh's grandfather, and the property has since been declared a "national monument" dedicated to him.
Vesperia is the name of Molossia's claim of 49,881 square miles (130,000 km2) on the planet of Venus.
Additionally, Molossia claims a spot named Neptune Deep in the North Pacific Ocean, about 750 kilometres (470 mi) southwest of Mexico.