Photo by Matt Roth
The Republic of Molossia is a tiny micronation surrounded by Dayton, Nevada. It's run -- nay -- RULED by fifty-one-year-old President Kevin Baugh. I spent the day at this tiny country Monday, August 12, 2013 XXXVI (the roman numeral extension signifies how long Molossia has existed, and it's how Molossians write the date).
His Excellency is flanked on the left by Molossia's first lady Adrianne Baugh, 34, and, on the left, her daughter/Kevin's step-daughter/Molossia's Chief Constable Alexis Baugh, 9.
There are only 26 Molossians. Citizenship is closed to non-family members. …and a few dogs. That's not to say 26 people live in The Government House, a modest three bedroom ranch. Nope. Just these three, Adrienne's two teenage sons, and their four dogs. The resident cat and hamster aren't citizens. "Cats always have questionable loyalty, anyway," joked President Baugh in an email. Most Molossians live in the U.S., except for one of the President's sons who is in Afghanistan.
President Baugh says he gets weekly email requests for citizenship, "many from the Middle East."