Definitive Issue 200901 - Birds |
With the validity of all CFL stamps ending on 2008-12-31, the need for a series of definite stamps was seen, and a series of 6 stamps covering both local as well as international postage values was designed, based on bird images taken on the Joint Southern Cross Expedition in 2008, in Western Australia. The values are:
Commemorative Issue 200904 - Lippe and Saar
In April 2009, two small stamps were issued with only horizontal perforation, for sale in smaller post offices or other locations, in "counter booklets" which as such were not for sale to the public. The stamps cover the standard letter postage of CW 0.50 and were printed in alternate pairs. They were the first Capricornian stamps to display the value not in Common Wallaroo (CW) but in the smaller unit of Bit (100 Bit = 1 CW), abbreviated "b". The "Bit", known today as the smallest unit of information (either true or false, 0 or 1), used to be the sub unit of the Gold Franc as used in the Danish West Indies - they issued stamps with "Bit" denomination.
The stamps show the flag resp. state symbol of two German states unilaterally recognized by the Republic of Capricornia. The "Freistaat Lippe" stamp displays the Lippish Rose. The Free State of Lippe was an old German state, existing within Germany until 1947 when it was incorporated into Northrhine-Westphalia. But even now, certain legal remnants of the state exist. In 1950, two thirds of Lippe's people voted against the constitution of NRW. A promised plebiscite which should have taken place 5 years after the incorporation was never slated.
The Free State of Saar actually was a more or less independent state until 1957, the Saar Protectorate. They even had an Olympic team! After WW II, France tried to establish Saar as an independent, France-oriented state. This opened up the opportunity to establish a country in the center of (Western) Europe, which, similar to Luxembourg and Belgium, could have been a truly European centre. But the people of Saar rejected this chance and voted to join Germany. As a result, Saarland became a backwater, cut off from the main streams of the economy, ridden with heavy industry. Some say its best part is the Autobahn connecting it to Luxembourg which quickly shed a similar legacy of heavy industry to become the richest country (as per capita income) in Europe. Today, there are no voices for a renewed independence - the Unilateral Recognition by the Republic of Capricornia is meant as a Memento to what could have been.