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September 20, 2008

Wikinews interviews Prince Christopher I of the Principality of Vikesland on his micronation\’s recent space launch

Wikinews interviews Prince Christopher I of the Principality of Vikesland on his micronation’s recent space launch

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Flag of the Principality of Vikesland
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A little over one month ago, a groundbreaking event in the history of micronations, entities that are unrecognized by major world governments but claim independent statehood, took place. The flag of the Principality of Vikesland, a micronation located in Manitoba, was carried into outer space. This is the first time ever that the flag of a micronation has left Planet Earth.

Wikinews was able to have the opportunity to speak with Vikesland’s head of state, Prince Christopher I, about this historical achievement. He told reporter Joseph Ford exactly how he got his country’s flag into space and what the future may hold for Vikesland. The interview can be read below.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinews (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png The Principality of Vikesland is the first known micronation to have its flag displayed in outer space. How did you go about doing this?

Prince Christopher I: I am an amateur rocket enthusiast and was researching ways we could possibly send a rocket up about 10 miles. While I was doing this research I came across the JP Aerospace website and the rest was history. Why re-invent the wheel when there is a perfectly good existing organization doing what you want to accomplish. They were very accessible and relatively inexpensive to get involved with. We simply helped sponsor the AWAY 35 mission and for that we had our flag taken to the edge of space.

Wikinews waves Left.pngJoseph FordWikinews waves Right.png What was the intermicronational reaction to your country’s achievement?

Prince Christopher I: From what I could tell, the response was all very good. Some leaders even suggested it was a leap forward for Micronationalism in general. We were generally congratulated.

Wikinews waves Left.pngJoseph FordWikinews waves Right.png Will Vikesland’s flag be displayed in outer space again in the near future? Is this a sign of things to come for the Vikeslandic Department of Aeronautics and Space?

Prince Christopher I: Right now, I can say that it is definitely going to be displayed again in some form or another. We are currently thinking up ideas for a pongsat (ping pong ball size satellite) to send on one of the AWAY missions. The next major mission will likely happen in fall of 2009. Ultimately we are moving towards having a manned mission to space in the distant future with one of the civilian rocket companies like Virgin Galactic.

Wikinews waves Left.pngJoseph FordWikinews waves Right.png Although it is a bit off topic, how are things in Vikesland? Have any major changes or events taken place since our last interview?

Prince Christopher I: Things are going well in Vikesland right now. An award winning filmmaker out of Toronto has expressed interest in doing a documentary on Vikesland. I am as well working towards a more general documentary on Micronationalism in general.
In late June we conducted our first foreign state visit to the Micronation of Molossia in Nevada. We also had a large weekend party with some 97 citizens showing up over two days at the Royal Ranchlands. I plan on posting some pictures on our website soon.

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July 10, 2008

Wikinews interviews Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland

Wikinews interviews Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Flag of the Principality of Vikesland

Over the past few months, Wikinews reporter Joseph Ford has held several interviews with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located near Dayton, Nevada. This week, Ford had the opportunity to interview another intermicronational leader, Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland, another micronation located in Manitoba.

At only three years old, the Principality is a relative newcomer to the intermicronational community.

When asked if he considers Vikesland a serious micronation, Prince Christopher said that his country is “a new nation project. Our goal is to eventually become an internationally recognized state with hopefully some sort of small sovereign land base.”

He went on to tell much more about Vikesland, which can be read in the interview below.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinews (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Today, there are hundreds of micronations that are little more than online chat groups or role playing games. Is the Principality of Vikesland a serious land-claiming micronation? Do you have the goal of eventual international recognition?

Prince Christopher: The Principality of Vikesland was created as a new nation project. Our goal is to eventually become an internationally recognized state with hopefully some sort of small sovereign land base. Right now we do have land owned by various members of the Royal family and nobility that are declared Vikeslandic territory. This territory is unfortunately not sovereign territory but simply privately owned land in other older larger and more established Macro-nations. We are not secessionists and have no desire to forcefully take any land from any country that is not willing to give it to us. The current goal is to build the nation to the point where we can be successfully recognized by the international community. The issue of sovereign land will then be easier to negotiate with friendly countries. We plan on gaining the capacity to purchase an island or tract of land that equals at least 20 square miles to then establish ourselves on a full national scale.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Where is the Principality of Vikesland located?

Prince Christopher: The main land base for Vikesland is in Manitoba, Canada near the Riding Mountian national park on the eastern side. Looking on a map, it is approximately 3 miles west of the small town of Kelwood and about 1/2 mile to the south. We also have other declared lands in Europe, the U.S.A. , Australia and Africa.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png How large is Vikesland?

Prince Christopher: Vikesland’s main Land base in Manitoba Canada is approximately 169 acres. Land size in Europe tallies to a larger 1,200 acres! When all is said and done we have an approximate current total of 1,400 acres between all Royalty and nobility.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Tell us about your country’s history.

Prince Christopher: Vikesland came into being officially in July of 2005. I first came across the concept of Micronationalism in late 2004 and thought it would be a great concept for a documentary. Then the idea of creating my own nation for that documentary would be even better, so I came up with Vikesland. The name is an homage to the Vikings of old who adventured into the unknown world in search of new things. The documentary is very slow in developing due to lack of funding mainly but that will hopefully be solved in the next year or two. Vikesland quickly developed into a real passion for me and others and has developed into what it is right now. We have a constitution and various Government Ministries that oversee the running of the nation.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Does Vikesland have its own flag, currency and national anthem?

Prince Christopher: Yes we currently have a flag as well as our own currency and our own national anthem. We minted a small run of $1 Vikeslandic Crowns and have various denominations in paper currency. We also have postal stamps. The national anthem is currently only an instrumental theme but lyrics are in the works.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What is the official language of Vikesland?

Prince Christopher: The official language of Vikesland is English but we are possibly going to adopt an official second language in the future.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What is the governmental structure of Vikesland?

Prince Christopher: I like to call our system a democratic monarchy where the head of state is directly involved in the Government workings but most major things require a majority vote from the royal council. Think of city hall with the Prince as Mayor and the rest of the Government as council. Our system also allows for general citizen involvement through an electoral position of Chancellor or Ministerial portfolio. As Prince I have constitutional rights to appoint Government ministers and Noble titles, but I always like to confer with the Royal council to get their approval as well.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Does Vikesland have its own military?

Prince Christopher: Yes, we have the Vikeslandic Security force which has land, air and sea capability. Mind you these are all on a very small scale. Our force is essentially an unarmed entity that is primarily focused on security, search and rescue and having a lot of fun. We have no desire to wage any wars on anyone and will defer any violent threats against us to the larger Macro-national authorities. The only time any of us carry a weapon is for wild animal defense, hunting or sporting purposes. This is of course in accordance with local Macro-national laws and with the Noble land owners consent.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Tell us about the Vikeslandic culture.

Prince Christopher: Vikeslandic culture is an ever evolving thing. We speak English and our lifestyles are a quintessential westerners life, but as more and more people become citizens they bring a variety of new things with them. We heavily condone the arts in all forms and the majority of us love some part of the outdoors, be it camping, hiking or boating.

I am currently going to have an official Vikeslandic food recipe compilation made and posted on our website. I hope to have authentic Vikeslandic food up there for everyone to try. Being socially conscious and having a good time in this life is top of the list.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Does Vikesland belong to any international organizations?

Prince Christopher: Yes, we currently belong to an intermicronational organization called The League of Small Nations. It is an organization designed to advance the rights of small sovereign states and provide a platform from which their voices can be heard among the larger more powerful states.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Can one become a citizen of Vikesland? Is honorary citizenship granted?

Prince Christopher: Yes, you can become a citizen of Vikesland by applying on our citizenship page. We have two types of citizenry, cyber citizens (honorary) or full citizens.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Can people visit Vikesland?

Prince Christopher: Yes they can but it is only by appointment. Anyone showing up unannounced will be most likely turned away. Requests can be made directly to myself via e-mail only.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What are your duties as prince? What is it like to run your own country?

Prince Christopher: It is stressful being the head of state, it is a lot of fun but equally testing as well. I oversee most government workings and provide leadership and direction for those under me. I am also the face of Vikesland so I take care of all media related issues and some foreign diplomacy as well as keep the citizens informed via or website with video or write-ups. I also head various projects within our security force and our Department of Aeronautics and Space. It can be tough but it is equally rewarding.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png There are thousands reading this right now. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your nation?

Prince Christopher: I would just like to reiterate that we are not secessionists or unpatriotic rebels of any-kind. I personally am a very patriotic Canadian but I am also equally a patriotic Vikeslandic. This nation project is a new frontier and immensely fun on top of it. I consider myself a dual citizen of both Canada and Vikesland and I am law abiding. It is with hope that one day we can achieve our own autonomy peacefully with our distinct culture and small land-base. Semi-autonomy is even an acceptable outcome in the end. The first and foremost of all of this is that everyone involved enjoy what they are doing. I am not willing, nor am I asking anyone to ruin their health or professional life by relentlessly pursuing an impossible goal. I believe that if it is not fun or beneficial, why do it. Yes taking the sour with the sweet is a fact of life, but we should have at least 80 percent sweet when building up Vikesland.
All of our citizens in various parts of the world hopefully also share this ideal.



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  • “Wikinews interviews Molossian president Kevin Baugh on his country’s recent intermicronational summit” — Wikinews, July 1, 2008

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July 1, 2008

Wikinews interviews Molossian president Kevin Baugh on his country\’s recent intermicronational summit

Wikinews interviews Molossian president Kevin Baugh on his country’s recent intermicronational summit

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

President Kevin Baugh
Image: www.molossia.org.

Flag of the Republic of Molossia

Flag of the Principality of Vikesland

This past weekend, an important event in the intermicronational community took place. Prince Christopher I and Princess Erin, the Royal Family of the Principality of Vikesland, a micronation located in Alberta, arrived in Espera, the capital city of the Republic of Molossia, another micronation located near Reno, Nevada, for what would be the two countries’ first ever formal summit.

The Republic of Molossia, which declared its independence in 1998, has played an unparalleled role in the development of small nations. At only three years old, the Principality of Vikesland is a relative newcomer to the world of micronations. However, despite its age, Vikesland seeks to become a major power in the intermicronational community. The summit was successful in solidifying the two countries’ already strong friendship.

Luckily, President Baugh was available to speak with. In addition to the summit, he told of his plans for the revitalization of the League of Small Nations, a nearly defunct organization devoted to the prosperity of all land-claiming micronations, and the current state of the intermicronational community. The entire interview can be read below.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinews (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Briefly summarize the events of the summit.

President Baugh: Prince Christopher and Princess Erin arrived on Friday morning, June 27th, 2008. We held a brief ceremony in Republic Square, wherein I awarded Prince Christopher the Order of the Mustang and he awarded me the Order of Vikesland. After that, I took the Royal Family on a tour of Molossia and we spent the rest of the day discussing micronational matters in Norton Park. On Saturday the 28th, we all traveled to Donner Lake in the Sierras, and took part in Joint Naval Maneuvers, followed by a tour of Lake Tahoe. On Sunday, June 29th, Prince Christopher and I took part in a Joint Rocket Project, in which we each launched a rocket representative of our respective nations. The summit and visit of the Vikeslandic Royal family was a great success, and great deal of fun as well.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.pngTell us about how the summit with the Royal Family will have an impact on the intermicronational community.

President Baugh: I think that this summit, along with that in April with Grand Duke Paul of Greifenberg, shows that the ties between micronations are strong. We all share a similar vision, although with different perspectives. I hope that these two summits demonstrate how people from different walks of life and from across the world can come together, exchange ideas and thereby contribute the growth of their nations and communities.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.pngThis is the second time this year that the leader of another micronation has officially visited the Republic of Molossia. Will Molossia be hosting anymore summits or state visits in the near future?

President Baugh: I don’t actually have any planned at this point, but one never knows what the future will bring. Each day affords new opportunities and new ideas, and my door is always open to any micronationalist and indeed any person interested in micronationlism.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.pngWhat is the current state of the intermicronational community?

President Baugh: I think that micronationalism has had its up and downs over the years, it is not quite as active as it was around the turn of the century. Activity has certainly leveled off, but there are still many, many micronations out there, with new ones being founded every day. I believe that right now there are more serious nation-projects going now than there ever have been, and I look forward to seeing what might be coming next.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.pngHow is the revitalization of the League of Small Nations, a nearly defunct organization dedicated to the prosperity of all land claiming micronations, coming along?

President Baugh: It is proceeding well, I think. An online meeting is tentatively scheduled for August or September, to ratify the Charter. After that, the serious business of advancing micronationalism will begin, with a proposed micronational postal union, and possibly joint support of a charity, in the name of the League. As demonstrated by the two summits Molossia has hosted this year, many positive things can take place when micronationalists come together, and I think the League of Small Nations is just the venue to make these things happen.



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Sources

  • Ryan, John, Simon Sellars, Geroge Dunford, and Simon Hall. Micronations. 1st ed. Melbourne: Lonley Planet Publications, 2006. p. 63.

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May 12, 2008

Republic of Molossia announces new customs station

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Republic of Molossia announces new customs station

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Monday, May 12, 2008

The new customs station near the American border
Image: www.molossia.org.

On May 11, President Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located near Dayton, Nevada, inaugurated his country’s first ever customs station near the border with the United States, in the capital city of Espera.

It was built after Baugh noticed that the tiny nation had no welcoming spot for its visitors. Though the station is unmanned as of now, there are plans for a customs officer to be stationed there in the near future. A sign asks that foreigners leave their pocket change as an entry fee.

Several items are banned in Molossia, including firearms, tobacco and incandescent light bulbs. The customs station was designed to ensure that these are not illegally brought into the country from the United States.



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  • Newsbites” — Khamsin Molossia News, May 11, 2008

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May 1, 2008

Wikinews holds a follow-up interview with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia

Wikinews holds a follow-up interview with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

President Kevin Baugh
Image: www.molossia.org.

In March, Wikinews reporter Joseph Ford held an exclusive interview with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located near Dayton, Nevada. Due to the interest the article gained, both online and off, a follow-up interview was held this week.

Molossia’s capital city, Espera, is situated on little over an acre of land in Western Nevada, within driving distance of Reno. Another territory, Desert Homestead Province, is located in Southern California. Unlike most of today’s micronations, Molossia allows visitors and has its own economy. It also has its own time zone and holidays as well as a few tourist attractions.

When asked about the culture of his country Baugh replied, “Molossian culture is a mix of several sources. Above all, we value the lifestyle of the western U.S., especially as it pertains to living in a wide-open place such as we do. Life here is fairly relaxed and easygoing.”

He also said that Molossia and the United States “generally ignore each other” and that there haven’t been “any altercations” between the two, despite claiming each other’s land. He went on to tell us much more about his tiny nation, which can be read in the interview below.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinews (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Where is Molossia located?

President Baugh: Molossia is located in Western Nevada, about 35 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada.

Desert Homestead Province
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png How large is Molossia?

President Baugh: The portion of Molossia in Western Nevada is about 1.3 acres in size, with another five acres in our other province, Desert Homestead, in Southern California. In both cases, the terrain is desert, high desert with sagebrush and pinion trees in Nevada, and low desert with creosote and yucca in California.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Tell us about your country’s history.

President Baugh: Molossia was founded in 1977, when my best friend James and I saw the movie, The Mouse that Roared. We were quite taken by the idea of a tiny country accomplishing such amazing and amusing things, and decided to start our own nation. James was the King, and I was the Prime Minister. Time passed and James moved on, but I stayed with the idea, and carried it along with me everywhere I went until we settled here in Nevada. Having actual land really made the dream come alive, and ten years ago I raised the Molossian flag for the first time over our sovereign territory. Since then we have worked to build a great, albeit tiny, nation here in the desert. We founded the Intermicronational Olympic Games in 2000, a tradition that has carried on since. We started the first Intermicronational Exposition, and also created the Norton Awards for Excellence in Micronationalism. That’s just a snap shot of what has been a very interesting decade.

Flag of the Republic of Molossia

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Does Molossia have its own flag, currency or national anthem?

President Baugh: Absolutely, what would a country be without those things? Our flag has three horizontal stripes, blue, white and green (from the top). The blue stands for the Molossian sky, almost always blue, the white stands for the nearby mountains, white with snow much of the year, and the green stands for the green of the desert foliage in the spring. It flies every day in front of Government House.
Our currency is the Valora, and comes in both paper and coin formats, the latter being poker chips, instead of traditional coins. Our national anthem is “Molossia, Nation in the Desert”, with lyrics written by me and set to the Albanian national anthem. I’m sure they don’t mind.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What is the official language of Molossia?

President Baugh: Our official language is English, but we borrow from Esperanto sometimes, such as for the name of our capital, “Espera” and our money the Valora. We have no problem borrowing from other languages, as well, and we also use the Deseret Alphabet as an alternate writing script.

The Molossian Government House in the capital city of Espera
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What is the governmental structure of Molossia?

President Baugh: Well, officially, Molossia is a republic, complete with a constitution. Sadly, things are in such disarray over the border from us, that I had no choice but to suspend the constitution and declare martial law. It’s unfortunate, but the security of my nation is paramount, and the best way to ensure that is to rule by decree. So far, no one has complained, and anyway, I’m a rather benevolent dictator.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Does Molossia have its own military?

President Baugh: Yes, we do, the mighty Molossian Navy. Yes, we have a Navy in the desert. Our Navy has been involved in several exploration expeditions during its three years of existence. We are quite proud of our Navy.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png The Molossian Navy has their own academy, which is open for all to join online. Tell us about that.

President Baugh: Indeed, I opened the Naval Academy several years ago as the Molossian Military Academy, taking advantage of my strong military background. When I founded the Molossian Navy, it was natural to turn the Military Academy into and Naval Academy. In the years before and since, the Academy has produced dozens of graduates. The Academy is free to all applicants, and includes lessons and tests on military leadership, tactics, seamanship and naval battles. Once an individual has taken all four tests successfully, he or she can purchase a certificate of completion, and can then purchase on honorary commission in the Molossian Navy. We offer honorary commissions in the rank of captain, commodore and admiral.

A sample diploma of the Molossian Naval Academy
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Tell us about the Molossian culture.

President Baugh: Well, Molossian culture is a mix of several sources. Above all, we value the lifestyle of the western U.S., especially as it pertains to living in a wide-open place such as we do. Life here is fairly relaxed and easygoing, and we do most things together as a nation and as a family. In addition, we have absorbed elements of other cultures. The town of Steinsdorf on the Molossia Railroad is, of course, German. Our National Hero, Emperor Norton, comes from San Francisco. Cookie Dough, our National Treat, is adopted from the United Provinces of Utopia, a micronation with whom we once associated.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png How are Molossia’s relations with other micronations?

President Baugh: We maintain friendly, informal relations with just about every micronation. Our hand is always outstretched in friendship. With some nations we are particularly close, such as with TorHavn and Vikesland, due to the long and positive relationship that we have had. We count ourselves lucky to have good friends among many other micronations and micronationalists, from all over the world.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png The land claimed by Molossia is also claimed by the United States. How are relations between your country and the U.S.? Have there been any altercations? Or do you generally leave each other alone?

President Baugh: No, there haven’t been any altercations between Molossia and the US. We generally ignore each other. We can’t really live without the US, though, since they provide a significant amount of our consumer goods, Molossia being rather resource-poor. And as long as we don’t do anything objectionable, they leave us alone.

A marker along the Molossian-Nevadan border
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Besides the League of Small Nations, a nearly defunct association devoted to the prosperity of all land-claiming micronations, does Molossia belong to any international organizations?

President Baugh: Actually, no we don’t, although we certainly have over the years, especially league of Secessionist States (LoSS), although we withdrew from that organization years ago. Incidentally, the League of Small nations is in the process of being resurrected, with an eye toward increased intermicronational activities, to possibly include supporting a charity.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Can one become a citizen of Molossia? Is honorary citizenship granted?

Presdient Baugh: Well, Molossian citizenship is only extended to actual, physical residents of Molossia, and we are not accepting any immigrants at this time. There just isn’t room. Honorary citizenship is indeed granted, generally to those individuals that have performed some special service to Molossia, and have thus earned our gratitude.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Are Molossians dual U.S. citizens? Do you pay U.S. taxes?

Presdient Baugh: Yes, all Molossians are dual US citizens. Most Molossians actually work in the US and live in Molossia, largely due to our small size and lack of resources. And no, as a sovereign nation, we do not pay taxes to the US. However, we contribute an equivalent amount to the US in Foreign Aid, in the hopes that they will someday fix their roads!

The Molossian countryside, near Espera
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Molossia has its own systems of measurement and dates. Tell us about them.

President Baugh: Our dates are based from the year that Molossia was founded, back in 1977, thus today is 29 April 2008 XXXI. Founder’s Day, the day Molossia was founded, was 26 May 1977.
Our measurement system is called the Kokintz System, named for Professor Kokintz of Grand Fenwick. All of the units of measurement are based of things unique to Molossia. The basic unit of length, the Norton, is based on the length of my hand. The basic unit of volume, the Simms, is equal to a can of Diet Pepsi, my favorite drink. The basic unit of weight, the Fenwick, is based on a tube of Cookie Dough, and the basic unit of temperature, the Zenda, is based on the height of the First Lady. We like to keep things interesting.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Molossia also has its own time zone. Tell us about it.

President Baugh: Again, to keep things interesting, we devised our own time zone, Molossian Standard Time. It is 39 minutes ahead of Pacific Standard Time and 21 minutes behind Mountain Standard Time.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Can people visit Molossia?

President Baugh: Yes, absolutely! We love have tourists visit. We have thus far had 14 non-family visit Molossia in the past year, our first ever arriving in spring 2007 XXX. A visit to Molossia takes about an hour, during which I take all visitors on a tour of our country and tell them about Molossia and micronations in general. Cookie dough is served, too, of course, and I stamp passports. It is very important, though, that all visitors contact our government, to arrange a date and time for the visit. Please do not show up unannounced!

Norton Park, one of the many tourist attractions in Molossia
Image: www.molossia.org.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Are there any tourist attractions in Molossia? What can a visitor see and do while in your nation?

Presdient Baugh: Yes, we do have a few sights to see. Visitors can see Republic Square, the Peace Pole, the micronation direction sign, Norton Park, the Molossia Railroad, and the Tower of the Winds. A visit to Molossia is always interesting, if for no other reason than it’s “the country just up the street on the right”.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Are you planning on expanding Molossia’s borders in the near future?

President Baugh: We would love to do so, but I think we are about as big as we can be right now. Of course, should our country ever had a large economic windfall, then we will certainly expand.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png Molossia is one of the world’s most serious and well known micronations. In under ten years, it has gained the attention of the media and respect of thousands. Where do you see your country in another ten years?

President Baugh: I think the future is bright for Molossia. Each day brings new challenges and new rewards. I am certain that, with all we have done over the past 31 years, the best is yet to come!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png What are your duties as president? What is it like to run your own country?

President Baugh: Molossia is a fairly easygoing place to live and thus an easy place to run. As President, I am, of course the steward of my nation, and my principle duties involve taking care of my people and ensuring that they are fed, healthy and happy. Literally, actually. Beyond that, my responsibilities include making Molossia a positive and interesting place to live, a task I enjoy immensely. I love my country, and I love being the leader of Molossia.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWN (Joseph Ford)Wikinews waves Right.png There are thousands reading this right now. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your nation?

President Baugh: I would just like to thank you for this interview, and thank everyone reading this for taking the time to read and learn about Molossia. I am very proud of my little country and of what we have accomplished here. I look forward to only greater things ahead for Molossia and Molossians, and the world of small nations.



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April 24, 2008

Republic of Molossia hosts state visit

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

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On April 22, President Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located in Nevada, announced that his country hosted its first ever official state visit the day before.

Grand Duke Paul of the Grand Duchy of Greifenberg, another micronation, arrived in Molossia at 9:39 AM MST (Molossian Standard Time) on Monday. He spent much of the day with President Baugh discussing the current state of the intermicronational community, as well as the League of Small Nations, a near dormant organization dedicated to the prosperity of all land-claiming micronations.

Besides the meeting itself, President Baugh took Grand Duke Paul to nearby Virginia City, Nevada for lunch. Following this, both returned to Molossia where the meeting continued. The visit officially ended late in the afternoon. Some time later, Grand Duke Paul returned to Molossia for an informal dinner. He returned to his country the next day.

The Republic of Molossia and Grand Duchy of Greifenberg are not recognized by any major countries or international organizations. However, both are by other micronations.

In March, Wikinews held an interview with President Baugh.



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March 21, 2008

Micronation Republic of Molossia announces international summit

Micronation Republic of Molossia announces international summit

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On March 18, President Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located in Nevada, announced that his country would hold its first ever international summit this June.

Grand Prince Christopher I and Princess Erin of the Principality of Vikesland, another micronation located in Canada, will be attending.

Besides the meeting itself, which is scheduled to take place in Molossia’s capital city, Espera, President Baugh is to give them a tour of his country as well as the surrounding areas. He is looking forward to the event and hopes that it may “open the way to future visits between Molossia and the other small nations of the world.”

The Republic of Molossia and Principality of Vikesland are not recognized by any major countries or international organizations. However, both are by other micronations.

Earlier this month, Wikinews held an interview with President Baugh.



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March 7, 2008

Wikinews interviews Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia

Wikinews interviews Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia

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Dayton, Nevada area. This is the region in which Molossia is located.

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia. Molossia is a micronation or entity that resembles an independent nation but which is unrecognized by world governments or major international organisations.

Molossia is situated on several acres of land in western Nevada, within driving distance of Reno. Unlike most of today’s micronations, Molossia allows visitors and has its own economy. It also has its own time zone and holidays as well as a few tourist attractions.

President Baugh said of his country, “Molossia is unique among micronations in that we possess actual land, real terra firma upon which we stake our national claim. Most micronations only exist on the internet and don’t have land. We are quite proud of our little country, and display all the trappings of a full-fledged nation, including our flag, boundary markers, signs, a couple of small tourist attractions and so forth, as well as our own money, stamps, national anthem, navy and even a space program…..Our goal is to exercise complete sovereignty over our country without annoying the United States.”

The United States recognizes the territory claimed by Molossia as part of the United States and exercises the same dominion over it as it does over any other part of the country.

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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngTell us about your country. Why was it started? How long has it been in existence? Do you have a flag, national anthem or currency? Can one become a citizen?

President Baugh: Molossia is a micronation, a self-declared and largely unrecognized country, one of dozens throughout the world. Molossia is unique among micronations in that we possess actual land, real terra firma upon which we stake our national claim. Most micronations only exist on the internet and don’t have land. We are quite proud of our little country, and display all the trappings of a full-fledged nation, including our flag, boundary markers, signs, a couple of small tourist attractions and so forth, as well as our own money, stamps, national anthem, navy and even a space program. Molossia was founded in 1977 as the Grand Republic of Vuldstein. The name has changed since then, but the idea is the same – to have our own small country. We were intrigued and inspired by the movie “The Mouse That Roared”, about a tiny country in Europe that declares war against the United States and wins by accident. The humor of that situation was not lost on us, and it spawned the idea that we, too, could have our own tiny nation. Once we obtained land 10 years ago, the idea became more real, that we were now standing in a foreign country, deep inside the United States. Since then, the Molossian experience has only grown stronger and more rewarding and we look forward to a long and interesting future for our little nation.

And to answer the last part, no, not everyone can become a citizen. You have to be a physical resident of Molossia to be a citizen, and we are closed to new immigrants at this time – we just don’t have the room!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngToday, there are hundreds of micronations that are little more than online chat groups. Is Molossia a serious micronation?

President Baugh: I would say yes, we are serious. That is to say, serious within limits. Molossia is not a secessionist project. We are not taking up arms to declare independence nor starting an insurrection. However, beyond that, we are quite serious about our country. Our goal is to exercise complete sovereignty over our country without annoying the United States Government too much, and to have a good time doing it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngMolossia is surrounded by the United States. Do you consider yourself a Molossian or an American? Do you pay U.S. taxes?

President Baugh: I consider myself a dual citizen, both Molossian and American. Molossia is so small that we rely heavily on the US for support, goods, etc., so maintaining US citizenship is certainly desirable. In addition, it’s often very difficult to explain that we have our own country out in the Nevada desert, so it’s easier just to play both parts, American and Molossian. And yes, we do contribute to the coffers of the US Treasury annually, however, we call it “foreign aid”. They need it, honestly.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngCan people visit Molossia? Is tourism a vital part of your nation’s economy?

President Baugh: Yes, we welcome visitors to our country, although tourism is not a major source of income. In fact, we had 10 tourists visit last year. There are a few sights to see, but a visit usually only lasts about an hour. I escort all visitors around our nation and show them the sights, tell them about Molossia and even serve them cookie dough, our national treat. It’s important, though, that visitors do not arrive uninvited. Please contact me first via e-mail and we will agree on a date and time.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngLegally, can Molossia be considered an independent nation?

President Baugh: Honestly, no. It takes a great deal of effort, time, money and especially legal wrangling to become fully independent, and we are nowhere near that point yet. No, we exist in a limbo state, at the good will of the US, and we are fine with that right now. After all, becoming independent can such a messy affair, and that would conflict with our relaxed lifestyle. We are happy to be the “country just down the road, on the left”!



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June 23, 2006

Sealand wrecked by fire

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The Principality of Sealand is currently being checked, after a fire caused havoc to the ex-World War II tower. Fire fighters from the Thames Coastguard poured water onto the structure, and rescued a security guard who was taken to Ipswich hospital by an RAF helicopter, suffering from smoke inhalation. It is believed that the fire was started by a fault in a generator. The Harwich off-shore lifeboat team attended the platform, and described the top platform as having caught alight due to an ‘electrical fire’.

Sealand, formerly HM Fort Roughs, is a self declared principality comprising of an old army fort. It was built to deter, and report back on, any German attempts to lay mines using aircraft in the channel of the Thames. The offshore company HavenCo used it to hold servers for the computer industry.

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