Located on the North Sea coast, Fishtown Newport Territory is a sovereign territory, surrounded by a large German harbour town. It is a nascent micronation and has taken up diplomatic activities with several other micronations. Its sovereignty and status as an Associated Sovereign Territory have been recognized by the State Department of the Federated Micronations. |
Its official website is http://www.fnt.bernhard-krauth.de/ , where you can find more details on the territory and its stamp issues. As by now quite a number of FNT stamps have been issued, the FNT page on the Capricornia Post website will be reorganized at some point.
In May 2015, a CPEA agency was opened in FNT, to provide postal service for the high volume of correspondence originating in FNT. As Capricornia Post was not able to provide stamps fast enough, provisional overprint stamps based on French definitives were issued on 2015.05.28.
On June 22nd, the first regular stamp was issued to celebrate the opening of the FNT postal service, showing a sunset view from the FNT over the harbour area. The value (0.70€) is displayed in Euro as the FNT does not use the Common Wallaroo as currency.
The first series of FNT definitives was issued on 2015.09.02, displaying various sea birds as befitting a sea-oriented territory. Stamp values are 0.10, 0.50, 0.70, 1.00 and 2.50 Euro. The stamps also show the flag of the FNT, with yellow, green, blue and black horizontal stripes, representing the colours of the Earth. On the sheet margins, the CPEA logo is printed.
Also on 2015.09.02, a new date cancellation has been introduced in the FNT, with a date stamp in the international yyyy.mm.dd format used in the Federated Micronations, including Capricornia. Until then, a personal cancellation was used by the postmaster.
On 2016.02.25, a series of four commemorative stamps depicting ships has been issued:
In December 2016, a Christmas stamp was issued, as joint issue with the Republic of Capricornia and Posta tal Musograd. The stamp shows a so called "Herrnhuter Stern", a christmas star made of strong paper lit from the inside.
In January 2017, two stamps were issued, one to celebrate the start of diplomatic relations between the FNT and the Forstendom Holkau, and one depicting the yacht of the great French Science Fiction author Jules Verne, the "Saint Michel". The latter one was the first triangular stamp ever issued by the FNT and Capricornia Post.
In June 2017, an additional value was issued for the Definitives - Sea Birds series, with a value of 0.20€. It shows an Oyster Catcher, a bird regularly seen on the North Sea coast.
Also in 2017, an overprinted stamp from the FNT definitives series appeared, the 0.50€ value, with the overprint "Postage Paid" / "Freija Nücke Territoria". As the political relationship between the FNT and Freija Nücke Territoria is not fully understood by the CPEA administration, this overprint cannot currently be seen as an official CPEA FNT issue even if authorized by the local postmaster.
Fishtown Newport Territory is a member of the Microfrancophonie, the French-speaking community of micronations. To celebrate the 2018 summit of the Microfrancophonie in Vincennes, France, FNT has issued a commemorative stamp in May 2018, with a design used by a number of other member states of the Microfrancophonie.