I didn't believe for one minute that the stamps were valid in the USA as I know that only USPS stamps are valid there. Equally Lichtenberg stamps are not valid in any other country. As the Principality of Lichtenberg has no actual land-mass and only 17 citizens there can't be any possible need a postal service or postage stamps.
The Principality of Lichtenberg is a self-proclaimed country, sometimes these like entities are called â€śMicronationsâ€ť, however Lichtenberg is not a simulation or game which only exists on the internet, a forum, wiki, or in the mind of its creator, It actually exists in the real world.
Lichtenberg was founded in 2010, by the current Sovereign Prince (Maximilian I) as a statement of self-sovereignty and freedom of expression. Lichtenberg has since evolved from that becoming a nation of 17 citizens. The creation of Lichtenberg had its up and down points gaining a large resurgence of activity in the early fall of 2011. The Principality of Lichtenberg is going strong and in October of 2011 registered its state church the Church of Lichtenberg with the United States. The Principality of Lichtenberg also released its first issue of postage stamps on January 20th 2012 with several more on the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Lichtenberg a real country?
Yes, Lichtenberg is a real country. Though we don't posses any land yet we still posses most of the requirements set to become a county which are generally accepted in the Montevideo Convention: " (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states."
Who is the leader of Lichtenberg?
The Head of State of Lichtenberg is the Sovereign Prince, the current Sovereign Prince is His Serene Highness Prince Maximilian I, the position of Sovereign Prince is hereditary and for life.
Are you serious?
We are dead serious about Lichtenberg, like we said Lichtenberg is not a game or simulation, we don't claim huge tracks of land. Lichtenberg exists because our Citizens believe it exists. We don't take off our Lichtenberger hat when we leave the computer. Real money has been invested in Lichtenberg, we take it very seriously we hope you do as well.
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