Few People Know There’s A Sovereign Country Hidden Along The Carson River In Nevada
Nevada is a vast state that is known for its rich mining history and wild west footprint. However, did you know that within the state borders lies a completely sovereign country? You heard right! This sovereign nation in Nevada is known as the Republic of Molossia (also called Molossia) and has everything you’d expect a nation to have! Let’s take a closer look at this fascinating country that also calls Nevada home.
The idea to give rise to a nation within the United States stemmed from the imaginations of two teenagers in the 1970s. It’s amazing that their dream became a reality right here in Nevada! The Republic of Molossia is an incredibly fun and unique addition to the wonderful attractions in the state, and one can only hope the nation continues to prosper for many more years to come. Would you ever visit this micro country in Nevada? Be sure to get your passport stamped and tell us all about it.
If you think a micronation in Nevada is pretty far out there, you should check out this list of 12 pretty insane things that happened in Nevada that you probably didn’t know about.
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More micronations within the US
How many micronations are there in the world?
It is said that there are currently around 140 active micronations in the world. however, there have been over 400 recorded in recent history. The country with the most micronations is Australia.
What are some micronations in the US?
The Republic of Molossia is not the only micronation in the United States. Here is a list of a few other micronations in the US:
- The Kingdom of Talossa, Wisconsin: In 1979 Robert Ben Madison was fed up with the strict rule he was being subjected to (by his parents) so he declared his bedroom a sovereign nation. Talossa is Finnish for "inside the house." The country gained in popularity over the years and now has its own language, national anthem, newspaper, and territories all over the world.
- The Conch Republic, Florida: In 1982, the mayor of Key West, Dennis Wardlow, declared independence from the US to become the micronation of the Conch Republic. At the time the residents of Key West were frustrated over checkpoints set up by the U.S. Border Control, which was negatively impacting tourism and local businesses. The Conch Republic still celebrates its independence on April 23.
- The Republic of Zaquistan, Utah: In 2005, Zaq Landsberg purchased land in the Utah desert on eBay for $610. He and a friend traveled to this remote patch of land and planted a flag declaring it The Republic of Zaquistan. This sovereign nation in Utah has a border crossing port of entry, contains a "Victory Arch," and is guarded by robot sentinels. You can obtain an official Zaquistan passport for $40.