Micronations/Micronational war/Molossian-Mustachistani War
- 1 Provoking factors
- 2 War progression
- 3 War conclusion
- 4 Treaty of Espera
- 5 Casualties
- 6 References
The Sultanate of Mustachistan was created by an associate of Kevin Baugh, President of Molossia, who called himself Sultan Ali-Ali Achsenfree. The principal rivalry promised to be over land, since Mustachistan claimed a goodly part of Nevada, in which Molossia lies. In March 2006, following the creation of Mustachistan, relations between Molossia and that nation became increasingly strained, largely due to Mustachistani territorial claims, which made the assertion that Molossia lies within Mustachistani territory and was therefore a part of Mustachistan. Baugh countered with the argument that Molossia had existed at its current location for eight years and was (and is) a well-established small nation with a defined territory. Adding insult to this debate was the fact that Baugh assisted Achsenfree in the establishment of his nation and the creation of his website. Mustachistan would not have existed without the aid of Molossia.
By April 2006, the territorial dispute between Molossia and Mustachistan had reached a new low point. A recent conference between Baugh and Achsenfree had failed to resolve the friction between the two nations. Mustachistan claimed much of the territory of Northern Nevada, territory in which Molossia physically exists. Because the Molossian property lay within Mustachistan's claimed boundaries, Achsenfree claimed that Molossia is a part of Mustachistan, and should thus surrender its sovereignty to that nation. Baugh refused this demand, and pointed out that his claim predated Achsenfree's by many years, and that Molossia was much more established and well-known.
April events aggravated the situation. Baugh was and is a frequent visitor to the Riverpark near the Carson River, in Carson City, Nevada. This fact was and is well-known, and was used as a new source of conflict between the two nations. Achsenfree attempted to prevent Baugh from using the park, stating that it was in Mustachistani territory and was therefore closed to Molossian visits, especially during that period of territorial dispute. This sign was immediately removed by Baugh, who then proceeded to trample it underfoot. The removal of the sign further aggravated matters between the two micronations, and dimmed prospects for a positive resolution of the territorial dispute.
By early May 2006, following the "Riverpark incident", Achsenfree threatened to use force in resolving his dispute with Molossia over its territorial claims. Achsenfree stated unequivocally that Baugh's removal of the anti-Molossian sign from the Riverpark and his repeated visits to the park were violations of sovereign Mustachistani territory and an overall affront to Mustachistani pride. Baugh responded that the Mustachistani claim, which he originally helped create, was meaningless, and that the park was in neutral United States territory and therefore open to all. In response to this, Achsenfree threatened to "punish" Molossia for its transgressions against Mustachistan.
At the time, the Molossian government was uncertain what exactly this threat meant. It was considered possible that some sort of state of war would soon exist, but what form this would take was uncertain. War, as it is known in larger nations, usually does not exist in micronations, largely because most micronations lack physical territory to defend. Even those micronations that possess territory usually do so at great distance from each other, and lack the resources with which to defend it, creating even more obstacles to the concept of traditional war.
However, both Molossia and Mustachistan actually have physical land, tangible territory to defend, and this territory is located in Northern Nevada. This proximity changed the complexion of war between micronations. There was every possibility that some sort of physical conflict could occur between Molossian and Mustachistan, although what shape this conflict might take was as yet undetermined.
On 22 May 2006, following the friction of the previous months and weeks, Mustachistan stated its intention to move its Army into a position along Sutro Creek, not far from the Molossian border. Baugh, considering this unacceptable and an affront to the dignity of his people, immediately declared war on Mustachistan.
Baugh then mobilized his country's military. He ordered the Naval Infantry to deploy and intercept the Mustachistani Army in the field, and to hopefully deal it a decisive blow. A quick resolution to this conflict was desired by Molossia, as peaceful relations is (and was) always the goal of the Molossian government when dealing with other nations.
Battle of Lake Jean
The Molossian Naval Infantry was slowed by weather in late May in its advance against Mustachistani forces. However, as events unfolded slowly in the west, the eastern front of the war exploded into activity with a battle on Lake Jean on 22 May, in the Molossian Protectorate of New Antrim. Lake Jean had been the target of Mustachistani forces seeking not only to gain a foothold in New Antrim, but also to divert resources from the developing campaign near the Molossian Home Territories in Nevada.
Thus, the Molossian Naval Forces of New Antrim (The Atlantic Fleet) set out to repel the Mustachistani threat on Lake Jean. Mustachistani elements had moved to establish themselves on the lake, and Grand Admiral Hess immediately launched his fleet to repel the threat. The Atlantic Fleet consisted of two vessels, one canoe and one kayak. The canoe served as Grand Admiral Hess' flagship. The Mustachistanis launched two kayaks in response.
Shortly after launching, the canoe, commanded by Grand Admiral Hess, landed on Middle Island in Lake Jean, before the Mustachistani kayaks were even in the water. The kayak, the other vessel, commanded by Grand Admiral Hess' brother, harried the Mustachistani kayaks across the lake. Grand Admiral Hess stepped heroically onto Middle Island with the canoe's XO and proceeded to help the kayak make landfall.
Eventually, the Mustachistani kayaks and their crews also made it to Middle Island and they were allowed to visit the newly conquered territory as a show of good sportsmanship. With Middle Island secured from the Mustachistanis, the Atlantic Fleet decided to take Big Jean Island before the enemy kayaks could.
Grand Admiral Hess set sail in the kayak, allowing his XO to command the canoe with his brother. This proved to be a near-disaster for the Atlantic Fleet. Due to the incompetence of the XO, the canoe had some trouble getting off the shore of Middle Island. As a result, the two Mustachistani kayaks caught up to Grand Admiral Hess, alone in his kayak, and a heated battle broke out between the three kayaks. At two against one, they fired several broadsides upon Grand Admiral Hess' vessel, and eventually succeeded in flipping him over with their oars. Grand Admiral Hess' years of naval training and coolness under fire served him well in this catastrophe. In spite of the deep and cold water, he was able to stay above water by grasping onto his overturned kayak and waited for the canoe to come pick him up.
The canoe towed Grand Admiral Hess and his overturned vessel back to Middle Island where the fleet regrouped. Grand Admiral Hess resumed command of the flagship. They immediately set sail from Middle Island, and succeeded in landing on Big Jean Island in short order and ahead of the Mustachistanis. Soon afterwards, sovereignty to the island was surrendered to Molossia.
Battle of Black Lizard Canyon
The war's first land battle took place on 29 May 2006, near Sutro Creek, Nevada. Marching through sagebrush and juniper trees and using the rocky terrain for cover, the Naval Infantry met with an ambush as Mustachistani forces attacked from a nearby ridge. The Molossian troops immediately sought cover and deployed in a skirmish line along the bottom of the creek. The Mustachistanis quickly followed up their initial gains with advancing their line forward to within 100 meters of the Molossian positions.
The two forces exchanged fire for a short period, before the Molossians charged their enemy. This surprise assault pushed back the Mustachistanis, and they shortly broke and ran, leaving the Naval Infantry in command of the field. The Molossian commander chose not to pursue the retreating Mustachistanis, and instead ordered the establishment of defensive fighting positions on the battlefield. Through this exchange, a single Molossian was injured in the arm. Mustachistani casualties from the Battle of Black Lizard Canyon are unknown. Following the battle, scouting patrols were sent out to determine the location of the Mustachistani Army, and to thereby deal them a decisive blow on the battlefield that would end the war.
Battle of Rattlesnake Rift
On 4 June 2006, the Molossian Naval Infantry met with and defeated the Army of Mustachistan in the Battle of Rattlesnake Rift, just one kilometer north of the Molossian border.
Following the Mustachistani defeat at the Battle of Black Lizard Canyon, Mustachistani forces had proved themselves to be elusive and difficult to engage in battle. Finally, on 3 June, Molossian scouts reported that the Mustachistani Army was in the vicinity of Mosquito Bend, along the Carson River. On 4 June, Molossian troops launched a daring amphibious assault on the Mustachistani forces at Mosquito Bend. This surprise amphibious attack quickly sent the Mustachistanis scurrying for cover, chased by the Molossian forces.
At Rattlesnake Rift, a narrow defile near Heliotrope Falls, the Mustachistanis found themselves trapped, and chose that spot to make a stand. Repeated Molossian volleys failed to dislodge the well-entrenched Mustachistanis, so the decision was made to execute a flank attack by moving Molossian troops to the rocks above the canyon. This plan necessitated a treacherous climb up a steep cliff, but the Molossians tackled this daunting obstacle easily. Once atop the cliff, the troops were able to fire down on the Mustachistanis with complete impunity, causing havoc among the Mustachistani ranks. This proved to be the undoing of the Mustachistanis and they quickly surrendered. There were three wounded and one dead among the Mustachistani forces, and the Molossians sustained no casualties.
After the Battle of Rattlesnake Rift, all three surviving Mustachistani troops were captured and bivouacked under guard within Molossia. This signaled the end of fighting due to the capture of the entire Mustachistani army, and allowed the two micronations to make progress towards a peace treaty.
Treaty of Espera
On 8 June 2006, a the Treaty of Espera was signed between the Republic of Molossia and the Sultanate of Mustachistan, agreeing to a complete cessation of hostilities and an end to the war between the two nations. In accordance with the treaty, all captured Mustachistani troops were immediately repatriated to Mustachistan. Furthermore, Mustachistan agreed to relinquish all claims to Molossian territory, and respect Molossian rights to visit the Riverpark in Carson City. Finally, Mustachistan agreed to pay Molossia one tube of cookie dough a month for six months. Molossia made no territorial demands of Mustachistan besides the abovementioned relinquishment of all territorial claims to Molossian territory.
Battle of Lake Jean
- 1 kayak capsized
Battle of Black Lizard Canyon
- 1 soldier wounded
Battle of Rattlesnake Rift
- 1 soldier killed
- 3 soldiers wounded
- 3 soldiers captured