The idea of ruling your own country or being a king is something everyone has thought of, however in this article you are going to read an interview with someone who decided to rule their own nation, actually becoming a king of their own sovereign nation: a micronation.
“What is a micronation?”, you may be asking. Well, in the most simplistic terms it’s a tiny, self-declared nation situated in another nation that isn’t recognised by any actual governments. However, most of these micronations operate like legally recognised countries and technically meet the same requirements to an independent nation.
I first heard about these micronations while surfing YouTube and decided to research more. I ended up finding out that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of self declared micronations all around the world and quite a few of them have people applying to become “citizens” of said nations.
Following this research, I’ve decided to speak with the rulers of some of the more notable micronations, interviewing representatives from the Kingdom of Rituarina, The Kingdom of Molossia , The Aerican Empire, The Duchy Of Flanderis and Westartica. In this article, we visit the nation of Molossia a relatively famous micronation situated in Nevada USA and speak with President Kevin Baugh about the micronation he decided to found.
Interview with Molossia
1) Why did you choose to start a micronation?
A: Molossia was originally founded on 26 May 1977, then known as the Grand
Republic of Vuldstein. I was inspired, along with my best friend James, to
start a country after watching the old movie, the Mouse That Roared. We
enjoyed the creativity, cleverness and originality of the film and wanted
our own tiny nation. James was King and I was Prime Minister. It was
essentially an extension of the idea of declaring one's bedroom a sovereign
nation, something many kids do. James moved on to other projects but I
stuck to the idea through the years. In 1998 I obtained land in Northern
Nevada. I changed the name to the Republic of Molossia, raised the flag and
literally built the nation from there.
2) How do you start your own micronation?
A: When Molossia was founded as Vuldstein, I did so with the usual things:
creating a flag, a form of government (constitutional monarchy), a few laws,
money and citizenship information.
3) Is your nation more political or more satire?
A: There is a certain amount of satire in what we do here in Molossia, but
that is not the reason for the nation. We consider Molossia to be an
actual, sovereign nation, with all the characteristics that most nations
4) Do you have any diplomatic relations with other nations and micronations?
A: No, we do not engage in formal diplomacy, thus we are not recognized nor
do we recognize other nations formally.
5) Has Molossia been official recognised by another country?
A: No, it has not.
6) What is your opinion on other micro nations such as Sealand?
A: We have no general official opinion on other micronations; each nation
has its own flaws and merits. Sealand has been around for a long time, with
an interesting history.
7) What are the pros and cons of having your own country?
A: I think that depends on what you do with your nation. Keeping a nation
active and interesting can be hard work, but certainly worth it. A pro
could be a certain level of recognition. I'm not sure of any cons, though.
Founding and building one's own nation can be a great deal of fun and like
most projects, you get out of it what you put into it.
8) What was the biggest challenge you have faced since you have been in
power and how did you overcome them?
A: There have been a few challenges. Keeping Molossia active and
interesting is probably the biggest; we are always working on improving our
nation and keeping it active. Of course there are little challenges, such
as managing correspondence, maintaining our buildings and facilities and
facilitating the many tourist visits to our nation, but those are just part
of the daily routine when having one's own nation.
9) Has anyone ever tried to try and migrate into your nation and what was
A: We get email immigration requests daily, and all are declined. Molossia
is a family nation; citizenship is only open to family members. No one has
physically come here, it is too remote and impossible to reach without
passing through US Customs.
10)What is your definition of a micronation?
A: A tiny, self-declared nation, generally surrounded by a larger nation,
unrecognized by world governments, but generally possessing most of the
characteristics that most nations have, albeit on a smaller scale.
11)What do you think of the current political climate of the country that
your micronation is situated in?
A: The situation in the US is certainly interesting and entertaining, but
doesn't really affect Molossia. As with any nation we only hope for the
best for the US.
12) Have you visited any micronations and which are your favourites?
A: Actually, no, I have not. Few micronations have actual territory to
visit, making it a little difficult to do so. Those that do, though, are on
my list to visit someday.