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Republic of Molossia
Respubliko de Molossia
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Fair Molossia is Our Home
Molossia is located near Dayton, Nevada
|Official language(s)||English, Esperanto|
|Government||Presidential Republic (de jure)|
Totalitarian State (de facto)
|- 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 Hawaiian word maluhia which means “peace, safety, security”. Baugh has stated 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.
On April 11, 2015, Baugh hosted Micro-Con 2015 in Anaheim Central Library in California. Micro-Con was created to attract media attention to the micronational world.
On April 16, 2016, Baugh hosted a tour of his nation, sponsored by the website Atlas Obscura.
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 University, 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. Finally, in early 2015, it was shared, that Farfalla Colony is Molossians territory again.
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 corporate university in the North Pacific Ocean, about 750 kilometres (470 mi) southwest of Mexico.
The national instrument of Molossia is the Molossaphone. The Molossaphone is based on the African instrument, the kazoo. The Molossaphone became the national instrument in late 2007. The previous national instrument was wind chimes.
The Republic of Molossia also has its own measurement system, which includes units for length, weight, liquid volume, and temperature. This measurement system is called the Kokintz Measurement System. The following are the units of length in the Kokintz system: 1 Micro-norton is equivalent to one inch or 2.5 cm. 1 Norton is equivalent to the length of the President's hand (7 inches/17.7 centimeters). 1 Royal Norton is equivalent to 63 inches/1.6 meters, and 1 Imperial Norton is equivalent to 0.62 miles/1 kilometer.
The units of weight are:
1 Fenwick - Equivalent to 2 pounds/0.9 kilograms, or one large Pillsbury Cookie Dough Tube.
1 Bascomb - 1/7 of a Fenwick. Equivalent to 2.3 ounces, or 65 grams.
1 Grand Fenwick - Equivalent to 1977 pounds, or 889.65 kilograms.
The Kokintz units of liquid volume are shown below:
1 Simms - Equivalent to 12 ounces, or 354 milliliters.
1 Parador - Equivalent to 1.7 ounces, or 50 milliliters.
The Kokintz system also includes temperature measurement units. Water freezes at 0 degrees Zenda, and boils at 175.7 degrees Zenda.