On 2 November 1983, at a time when when the current President of Molossia, then still Prime Minister of Vuldstein, was stationed with the United States Army in (West) Germany, he wrote a declaration of war against East Germany for reasons including "the disruption of sleep." The declaration of war was rediscovered in September 2008 during a cleanout of the closets in the house of Kevin Baugh, President of Molossia. The war was never formally ended.
Although it would seem that the end of East Germany, which took place on 3 October 1990, would also mark the end of the Molossian war with that nation, Molossia has claimed that East Germany lives on in an unlikely place, and thus the war lives on as well. The last remaining remnant of East German sovereignty, according to Molossia, is tiny Ernst Thälmann Island (Cayo Ernesto Thaelmann), off the coast of Cuba. The island is 15 kilometers long, but only 500 meters wide and is uninhabited except for the iguanas and birds that are indigenous there, and the occasional tourists stopping by. During a state visit to East Germany in June 1972 Fidel Castro made the island, then called Cayo Blanco del Sur, a gift to East Germany. The island was renamed in honor of German Communist politician Ernst Thälmann, who was the leader of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) during much of the Weimar Republic and was later imprisoned and murdered during the Nazi regime. In August 1972, the East German ambassador to Cuba erected a bust of Ernst Thälmann on communist Germany’s one and only foothold in the tropics. The island wasn’t mentioned in the treaty unifying both Germanys, which makes it arguably the last remaining piece of East German territory.
Thus, claims Molossia, East Germany lives on on Ernst Thälmann Island. As the island is uninhabited, there is no one with whom to negotiate a peace treaty. Molossia is thus still at war with East Germany, with no end in sight. In response to this, the government of Molossia re-opened the War Department, closed since the successful prosecution of their 2005 war with the Sultanate of Mustachistan.
2009 Ernst Thälmann Island ExpeditionEdit
On 11 February 2009, a covert team of operatives from the Principality of Vikesland, headed by Prince Christopher of that nation, landed on Ernst Thälmann Island to conduct reconnaissance operations there. The purpose, claimed the expedition, was to determine the extent of East German activities on the island. Among other evidence of East German activities, the expedition discovered a massive communications tower and a fine specimen of the East German flag.