|Commemorative Issue 201005 - Diplomatic Service of the Federated Micronations |
On 2010.10.03, the Republic of Capricornia, together with other nations of the Musanian Lands, founded the Federated Micronations of the Musanian Lands. Due to this, this set of stamps displays the inscription "FM" for Federal Micronations, together with "Republic of Capricornia". The stamps also show the Flag of the Republic of Capricornia and the logo of the Diplomatic Service of the Federated Micronations.
The series celebrates 3 countries unilaterally recognized by the Federated Micronations and the Republic of Capricornia which were visited by diplomats of the DSFM in 2010, and also the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, an organisation does much for small nations not recognized as such by the oligarchy of large nations on our planet.
The Free State of Oldenburg used to be an independent state within Germany, but was dissolved into Lower Saxonia in 1946. In a plebiscite in 1975, the citizens of Oldenburg voted for renewed independence as a German state, but were denied this by the Federal Republic of Germany. The County of Oldenburg was dissolved in 1978, leaving only the "Oldenburgische Landschaft", as a stub organisation, to represent the former Free State.
The Sorbic people in Germany have lost their indepence much longer ago, in the 13th century. Since about 700 A.D., the north-eastern parts of Germany in its current borders were settled by a number of Slavic tribes which were subjugated under German rule and culture between 1100 and 1400 AD, sometimes peacefully and sometimes by war. The Sorbs in the regions south east of Berlin were the only ones to keep their language and traditions.
The Unilateral Recognition of the Republica Espanola points at another fact of history - although Spain now is a modern democratic country, the roots of the state do not lie in the historic Spanish Republics (both in the 19th and in the 20th century), but in the conservative Kingdom of Spain and the Fascist "Estado Espanol", ruled by the dictator Francisco Franco. Today, there is a small but motivated Republican Movement in Spain.
Commemorative Issue 201007 - Coup'd Etat in Australia
On 2010-06-24, Kevin Rudd, the legal Prime Minister of Australia, was removed by a coup d'etat and replaced by Julia Gillard. The vote which removed him was legal, but strongly influenced by major Australian mining interests. Therefore, the Federated Micronations decided to reject the legality of Mrs. Gillard's election and treated Kevin Rudd as Acting Prime Minister of Australia of an Internal Exile Government of Australia.
Mrs. Gillard was finally recognized by the FM as legal Prime Minister of Australia after the election on 2010-07-17, after which the Labour Party was able to form a minority government supported by three independents and a Green MP, with Kevin Rudd as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In an ironic twist of history, on 2013-06-26, Kevin Rudd won the ALP leadership and the office of Prime Minister back from Julia Gillard, only loosing it finally against the National/Liberal coalition under Tony Abbot in a general election on 2013-09-07.
Commemorative Issue 201010 - Baden Württemberg / Liu Xiaobo
The two stamps issued in October 2010 also relate to events in foreign countries for which declarations of the State Department of the Federated Micronations were issued.
The first stamp of this set with a face value of CW 0.75 was issued on 2010-10-03. It celebrates an event in Stuttgart, the Capital of the Republic of Baden-Württemberg (Unilaterally Recognized). Usually, the people of B.W. are very peaceful, but in the autumn of 2010, they started massive demonstrations against the conversion of the Central Railway Terminal of Stuttgart from a terminus to a through station. For most people, this must sound strange, but to the people of B.W., it meant billions of Euros wasted for a dubious purpose, a giant building lot for years to come, and possible danger to nature and buildings alike.
This was probably the final drop which started something akin a revolution - pollsters predicted a major power shift in the elections in March 2011 which came true when the first ever Green party led government came into power, only to continue the building of the new Terminal after a referendum. The stamps shows a demonstration against the demolition of parts of the Central Station, with the flag of the Republic of Baden-Württemberg, decorated by the City Arms of Stuttgart.
The second stamp was issued some days later, on 2010-10-10, two days after Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Both the Federated Micronations and the Republic of Capricornia support the struggle of the Chinese and Tibetan People for freedom and democracy and therefore immediately after the announcement decided to issue a stamp celebrating the event. The stamp has a face value of CW 1.75 and shows Liu Xiaobo and a demonstration for his freedom.