July 10, 2008
Chinstrap penguin - Pygoscelis antarcticus
Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Post Office will issue a new set of stamps to celebrate our country’s 50th anniversary of independence, announced the Postmaster-General, Mr Ipi Obopopo Boko, today.
The stamps feature photos of penguins and transport in Mevu; the photos were taken by the President of Mevu, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller. Designs are:
17 tanos … Twin Otter aircraft at Amundsen Harbour, and Mevu founder Lemmath Babi.
35 tanos … Penguins Parade, and early Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928).
50 tanos … Mail by tractor, and early Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928).
1.70 reis … Emperor Penguin, and Mevu founder Lemmath Babi.
Date of issue is 12th March 2020. The stamps have been printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island. Attractive first day covers bearing the stamps are Rs 2.30.
The Republic of Mevu was founded in 1970, when a pioneering group established the country on the Riiser-Larsen Peninsular in Antarctica. The country underwent various changes of government over the years. In 1972, it became a National State, which prompted an armed rebellion, and in 1973, the rebels took over and set up the Democratic People's Co-operative Republic of Mevu (or DPCR Mevu, as it was abbreviated on the stamps.) In 1990, it celebrated its 20th Birthday, a truly monumental occasion for Antarctica! Later, the country joined the Antarctic Confederation of City Republics (ACCR) and decreased issuing its own stamps. Its identity has been rather subsumed to the ACCR since then. Waikoa Island became a Protectorate of Mevu in 1972, and Mevu administrators have guided that island since that time. Today, Mevu citizens make up the main tourist group on the island. Frozen fish and ice are imported from Mevu, whilst tropical fruit and vegetables are exported to Mevu. Negotiations for Waikoa Island’s independence are presently under way.
These are believed to be the first fiscal stamps ever issued in the Antarctic. The Rs 4¼ is printed in lemon yellow, which is very hard to see, and also hard for the scanner to distinguish. However, the finance bureaucrats of Mevu insisted on distinctive colours for each stamp, to make accounting easy.Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.
The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. The stamp design is by Lemmath Babi, the first president of Mevu, done many years ago for a postal stationery design. The stamps have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in our country. So far, seven values have appeared: Rs 4¼, Rs 6¼, Rs 7¼, Rs 56, Rs 100, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.
Date of issue was 22nd October 2019. A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000). This is for bribery tax. In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally. The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.
Wikipedia wrote:Penguins form monogamous pairs for a breeding season, though the rate the same pair recouples varies drastically. Most penguins lay two eggs in a clutch, although the two largest species, the emperor and the king penguins, lay only one. With the exception of the emperor penguin, where the male does it all, all penguins share the incubation duties. These incubation shifts can last days and even weeks as one member of the pair feeds at sea.
Penguins generally only lay one brood; the exception is the little penguin, which can raise two or three broods in a season.
Penguin eggs are smaller than any other bird species when compared proportionally to the weight of the parent birds; at 52 g, the little penguin egg is 4.7% of its mothers' weight, and the 450 g emperor penguin egg is 2.3%. The relatively thick shell forms between 10 and 16% of the weight of a penguin egg, presumably to reduce the effects of dehydration and to minimize the risk of breakage in an adverse nesting environment. The yolk, too, is large, and comprises 22–31% of the egg. Some yolk often remains when a chick is born, and is thought to help sustain the chick if the parents are delayed in returning with food.
When emperor penguin mothers lose a chick, they sometimes attempt to "steal" another mother's chick, usually unsuccessfully as other females in the vicinity assist the defending mother in keeping her chick. In some species, such as king and emperor penguins, the chicks assemble in large groups called crèches.
Just heard today from a friend that his cover with the million-dollar Mevu stamp on has safely reached him:
There are 15 stamps in the fiscal set. Here is the full set:
Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Ministry of Finance will issue a new series of fifteen revenue stamps to collect taxation,
announced the President, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller, today.
The stamps feature the crest of the country, showing a penguin. They have been printed
in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA,
Minaue, Waikoa Island. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for
mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in the Antarctic.
The same tax rates apply in our colony, Waikoa Island, so they will also have a similar set
of fifteen stamps, though in a different design and colour scheme.
Date of issue is 22nd October 2019. These are for the main taxation rates in the country:
7 tanos, Turquoise & blue . . . Email tax. (Must be affixed to every email that is printed out for whatever reason.)
42 tanos, Magenta & blue . . . Medical tax. (Must be affixed to every medical prescription to be filled.)
Rs 4.25, Lemon & green . . . Entertainment tax. (Must be affixed to every cinema and stadium ticket.)
Rs 6.25, Grey & green . . . Bicycle tax. (Must be affixed to every annual bicycle permit.)
Rs 7.25, Orange & green . . . Marijuana tax. (Must be affixed to every half-ounce bag of cannabis sold.)
Rs 12, Blue & red . . . Small boat tax. (Must be affixed to every boat annual licence, for boat 10m and smaller.)
Rs 17, Light brown & blue . . . Dog tax. (Must be affixed to every annual dog licence.)
Rs 56, Silver & red . . . Wedding tax. (Must be affixed to every marriage license.)
Rs 100, Brown & green . . . Departure tax. (Must be affixed to every travel ticket by person leaving the country.)
Rs 200, Green & blue . . . Large boat tax. (Must be affixed to every boat annual licence, for boat 11m and larger.)
Rs 300, Yellow & red . . . Land transfer tax. (Land half-hectare or smaller.)
Rs 500, Gold & red . . . Company registration tax.
Rs 2,000, Green & red . . . Land transfer tax. (Land greater than half-hectare up to 2 ha.)
Rs 15,000, Red & blue . . . Land transfer tax. (Land greater than 2.1 hectare.)
Rs 1,000,000, Purple & red . . . Bribery tax. (Must be affixed to every agreement to bribe.)
May I use this strip to model the possibility for language study through stamps?Eli wrote:... "Pingi the Penguin", a famous character of the Israeli children TV series
"Lovely Butterfly". The stamp was issued on June 22, 1999:
The 7¼ reis stamp (mainly used for Marijuana Tax) was recently issued with an appropriate overprint.
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