Man Rules Own 'Country' Near Dayton
MOLOSSIA (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Have you ever thought about ruling your own country? One Nevada man did and he's using a 1.3 acre lot as his creativity playground. Jen Wahl documents her travels.
In the days preparing for and leading up to my one hour journey from Reno to Molossia, a micronation near Dayton, I wondered...
Would my visit be peaceful? Would I be met with hostility? Would his excellency allow a foreigner such as myself cross the border?
Once safely inside the republic, I immediately learned spinach and onions are a few banned items. And Kelly Clarkson has a personal invite from the president himself.
President Kevin Baugh's Molossia first started as a project between two friends in the mid-1970s. Now, it's a small micronation known around the world.
"We obtained property here in 1998," Baugh said. "So it was just a natural thing to raise the flag and declare our own country."
Even though the nation is recognized more as a tongue-in-cheek democracy, the blue, white and green still flies proudly over the self-declared republic today.
"We have our own stamps, our own money, customs, flag, coat of arms," Baugh said. "Everything a bigger country has, we have right here in a smaller package."
It's a glimpse into a piece of President Kevin Baugh's imagination, living in the middle of Northern Nevada. While the US Government doesn't take the ruling seriously, Baugh's homeland is no joke.
"It's like this, you need to be prepared to put a lot of effort into it," he said. "A lot of time, certain amount of money and definitely a lot of blood, sweat and tears building buildings and establishing things and making it look like a real place."
A railroad winds through, alongside a space program and national monuments. The tiny nation claims victory over battles with names like Rattlesnake Rift. And his excellency can even explain the summer heat.
"The weather in Molossia is usually 70 degrees and sunny," he said. "But we're so close to the American border - all their bad weather blows in."
27 citizens, five with four-legs, occupy much of Baugh's regime.
Alexis Baugh, the president's daughter, spends time in the micronation too.
"We get to see new people almost every day," she said.
They're constituents he says are all worth fighting for.
"The war with East Germany - We are at war and probably will be at war forever with an uninhabited island off the coast of Cuba," he said. "Because there's no one to declare peace and no one to fight with, so the war goes on forever."
First Lady Adrianne Baugh stands behind the president's tough exterior.
"We hope that this could foster somebody else's creativity and imagination and to get you off the couch to do something," she said.
It's a national motto etched within every idea the fearless leader builds from the ground.
"Do something a little different with your time," he said. "Don't just be the same guy marching the same direction as everyone else, because you can do things to make a difference in the world."
So Baugh welcomes others into the hands of a new place, if you're willing to think outside the lines and pack your humor.