A montage of the Kemp Land BOGUS "stamps".

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Did you receive those envelopes in the mail without any NZ stamps, or were they in another envelope or with stamps at the back? It would be amusing if they actually managed to pass through the postal system without being taxed.

It is strange these got through as 90% of the covers I get from Kemp Land or Occusi Ambeno have legit NZstamps at bottom left. Panterra instructed me to do that with all Taniquah covers, Taniquah stamps at top right, NZ ones bottom left.
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Kemp Land 2018, celebrating Matthew Campbell being Postmaster for 37 years.


To honour the Postmaster, Matthew Campbell, having now been Postmaster at Kemp Land for 37 years, the Kemp Land Post Office is issuing this attractive stamp showing him.

A worthy anniversary! Long may he continue to hold this distinguished post!

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Kemp Land's new commemorative set features beautiful orchids.

The stamp issue was requested by the new gay President of Kemp Land, Aubrey McKinnon. The most colourful and bright orchids that could be found were used for the set. The stamps have been printed by the Occussi-Ambeno Government Printer, KDPN, in small minisheets comprising two sets.

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Kemp Land 2018 Beautiful Orchids of Planet Earth.

The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family.

Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.

Phalaenopsis (1825), known as moth orchids, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, Taiwan, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. In Kemp Land, it is grown in insulated glasshouses.

Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids. It was established by Olof Swartz in 1799 and today contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia, including China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and many of the islands of the Pacific, as well as Kemp Land. The name is from the Greek dendron ("tree") and bios ("life"); it means "one who lives on trees", or, essentially, "epiphyte".

In 1981, Briegar reclassified all terete-leaved Dendrobiums from Australia and New Guinea into a new genus, Dockrillia. The Winika orchid from New Zealand was formerly D. cunninghamii, but has now been moved into a monotypic genus Winika. In 1989, Clements upgraded the D. speciosum complex into individual species; similarly, the D. bigibbum complex (which contains the well-known Cooktown Orchid of Australia, D. phalaenopsis) has recently been split up. However, as an illustration of the current revisions in the taxonomy of Orchidaceae these 'splits' have now been reversed and the currently accepted species, natural nothospecies are presented on Wikispecies Dendrobium. The site includes a list of references that help explain the contemporary taxonomy of Dendrobium Sw., Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6: 82 (1799), nom. cons.


Enjoy the beautiful orchids of planet Earth! - we all need to brighten up our lives and stamp collections.

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Kemp Land 2018 Orchids of Planet Earth, miniature sheet comprising two sets.

The Kemp Land Post Office is being flooded with messages of congratulation and admiration upon the appearance of the Orchid series. It appears to have given both Gay and Straight philatelists and mail-users, a huge boost to their pride, and unlike some of Kemp Land's recent issues which had flurries of condemnation, it seems that everyone is over the moon about these stamps!

Nice that the Gay Republic has managed to pull off something delightful, for a change! 8)

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Been receiving regular "Passed By Censor" mail from the Minister of Propaganda in Bonjo Town, in the Gay Republic of Kemp Land, and from the Railway Timetable Office from the Sultanate of OCCUSSI-AMBENO, updating me on their new stamp issues.

Very interesting stuff. :)

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The Bonjo Town etc Post Offices have been unusually busy - just updating this. :)
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Oh wow, an advice of receipt card (AR) showing delivery to Glen Stephens in NSW, but stamped by the sending "post office" administration :lol: These clowns have no idea how AR is supposed to work, but then they probably couldn't get AusPost to deliver it as 'true' post.
I hate to think how much people in the future might be persuaded to part with for these. Hopefully due diligence will enable them to find the comments on Stampboards which will show how totally bogus they all are.
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Kemp Land 2019 first direct airship flight from Kemp Land to Occussi-Ambeno. Gold overprint on the 90c Orchid stamp.

The big event for the small Antarctic country of Kemp Land in 2019 is slated to be the first zeppelin flight to its ally, Occussi-Ambeno.

To celebrate the event, the 90c Orchid stamp has been overprinted in gold with the zeppelin emblem of Occussi-Ambeno's airline, Swiftair, and the text "First direct Airship Flight: Kemp Land to Occussi-Ambeno, 2019".

The flight is expected to take place within the next two months, weather permitting, so anyone keen to get a carried cover can contact me to arrange something.

More info: visit the website for Swiftair, the zeppelin airline of Occussi-Ambeno, for safe flight in helium airships:
https://geocities.ws/swiftair

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Kemp Land 2017 1st Antarctic Ecumenical Congress set on first day cover.
The Christians are having a jolly old time in the Antarctic, with their heroes shown on these attractive stamps. :D

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Kemp Land 2008 Shackleton Expedition centenary set.
To celebrate the centenary of the British Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton 1907 to 1909, the small Antarctic country Kemp Land issued a set of four stamps in 2008.

The designs:


5 cents ... Adelie penguins.

30 cents ... Shackleton's expedition ship, the "Nimrod", departing from Lyttelton for Antarctica, 1907.

75 cents ... The Beardmore Glacier, first discovered by Shackleton.

$3 ... Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922).

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This set was a joint issue with Mevu, which issued similar stamps.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds. Determined to make amends for this perceived personal failure, he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909 he and three companions made a southern march which established a record Farthest South latitude 190 km from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. For this achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.

After the race to the South Pole ended in 1912 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to what he said was the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying -– the crossing of the continent from sea to sea, via the pole.

For more information on Kemp Land and its stamps, please visit the Kemp Land website, www.geocities.ws/kempland

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"Passed by Censor" - that is brilliant. :D

Is the Gay Republic still in a state of war?

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At least these covers are postmarked.
Something that the more established postal administrations could learn from…

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Aden wrote:"Passed by Censor" - that is brilliant. :D

Is the Gay Republic still in a state of war?
PEACE has broken out in the Gay Republic of Kemp Land, but mail censorship (established under the old Stalinist regime) has not yet been abolished.

Probably because so much mail-porn is sent in handwritten letters, and the censors really enjoy reading it all (after all, how many jobs are you actually paid to read porn?)

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AMAZING!

I got these in the mail today --- one has the major World Zeppelin Stamp Rarity -

INVERTED OVERPRINT. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

My financial advisor suggested I put this on ebay for $5,000,000 - or near offer.

I've already bought the Maserati, and the Lear Jet is on order. :)

Glen

(On a rather disappointing note, I did look inside, and NO sign of porn to be seen anywhere. :roll: :roll: )
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Occussi-Ambeno Zeppelin Airlines - the Unique INVERTED OVERPRINT First Flight cover.
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Kemp Land 2019 first direct airship flight from Kemp Land to Occussi-Ambeno. Gold overprint on the 90c Orchid stamp.
The big event for the small Antarctic country of Kemp Land in 2019 is slated to be the first zeppelin flight to its ally, Occussi-Ambeno.

To celebrate the event, the 90c Orchid stamp has been overprinted in gold with the zeppelin emblem of Occussi-Ambeno's airline, Swiftair, and the text "First direct Airship Flight: Kemp Land to Occussi-Ambeno, 2019".

The flight is expected to take place within the next two months, weather permitting, so anyone keen to get a carried cover can contact me to arrange something.

More info: visit the website for Swiftair, the zeppelin airline of Occussi-Ambeno, for safe flight in helium airships:
https://geocities.ws/swiftair
The zeppelin has just arrived, and my friend Jesus was lucky enough to get a cover sent to him:
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Kemp Land 2019 First direct airship flight from Kemp Land to Occussi-Ambeno,
first day cover flown on the flight.
A few others available for trade, for those who like zeppelin stamps and covers.

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Kemp Land 2019 Dinosaurs set.
The President of the Gay Republic of Kemp Land, His Excellency, President Aubrey McKinnon, has announced that a new set of stamps will be issued by the Kemp Land Post Office shortly, featuring Dinosaurs.

"The 30 cent stamp shows the Argentinosaurus," the President explained, adding "this is a genus of titanosaur sauropod dinosaur first discovered by Guillermo Heredia in Argentina. The dinosaur lived on the then-island continent of South America somewhere between 97 and 93½ million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous Period. It is among the largest known dinosaurs."

Gasps from the press gallery followed when the President unveiled the design for the 90 cent stamp. "This giant-size stamp features Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the most well-represented of the large theropods. Tyrannosauri lived throughout what is now western North America, on what was then an island continent known as Laramidia. Tyrannosaurus had a much wider range than other tyrannosaurids. Fossils are found in a variety of rock formations dating to the Maastrichtian age of the upper Cretaceous Period, 68 to 66 million years ago. It was the last known member of the tyrannosaurids, and among the last non-avian dinosaurs to exist before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event."

The President then explained about the $1.35 stamp, the inland registered mail rate. "This stamp shows the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a pterosaur known from the Late Cretaceous and one of the largest known flying animals of all time. It is a member of the family Azhdarchidae, a family of advanced toothless pterosaurs with unusually long, stiffened necks. Its name comes from the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god, Quetzalcoatl."

Finally, the top value was shown to the amazed journalists. "Patagotitan on the $3 stamp is a genus of titanosaurian sauropod from the Cerro Barcino Formation in Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina. The genus contains a single species known from multiple individuals: Patagotitan mayorum, first announced in 2014 and then validly named in 2017 by José Carballido, Diego Pol and colleagues. Contemporary studies estimate the length of the type specimen, a young adult, at 37 meters with an approximate weight of 69 tonnes," he elaborated.

The President concluded by urging youth to study the extinct dinosaurs, and urged them to take action to reverse climate change so that no more extinction events occur in our lifetime.
Wikipedia wrote:The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, also known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) extinction, was a sudden mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth, approximately 66 million years ago. With the exception of some ectothermic species such as the leatherback sea turtle and crocodiles, no tetrapods weighing more than 25 kilograms survived. It marked the end of the Cretaceous period and with it, the entire Mesozoic Era, opening the Cenozoic Era that continues today.

In the geologic record, the K–Pg event is marked by a thin layer of sediment called the K–Pg boundary, which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of the metal iridium, which is rare in the Earth's crust, but abundant in asteroids.

As originally proposed in 1980 by a team of scientists led by Luis Alvarez and his son Walter Alvarez, it is now generally thought that the K–Pg extinction was caused by the impact of a massive comet or asteroid 10 to 15 km wide, 66 million years ago, which devastated the global environment, mainly through a lingering impact winter which halted photosynthesis in plants and plankton. The impact hypothesis, also known as the Alvarez hypothesis, was bolstered by the discovery of the 180-kilometer-wide Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in the early 1990s, which provided conclusive evidence that the K–Pg boundary clay represented debris from an asteroid impact. The fact that the extinctions occurred simultaneously provides strong evidence that they were caused by the asteroid. A 2016 drilling project into the Chicxulub peak ring confirmed that the peak ring comprised granite ejected within minutes from deep in the earth, but contained hardly any gypsum, the usual sulfate-containing sea floor rock in the region: the gypsum would have vaporized and dispersed as an aerosol into the atmosphere, causing longer-term effects on the climate and food chain.

Other causal or contributing factors to the extinction may have been the Deccan Traps and other volcanic eruptions, climate change, and sea level change.

A wide range of species perished in the K–Pg extinction, the best-known being the non-avian dinosaurs. It also destroyed a plethora of other terrestrial organisms, including some mammals, pterosaurs, birds, lizards, insects, and plants. In the oceans, the K–Pg extinction killed off plesiosaurs and the giant marine lizards (Mosasauridae) and devastated fish, sharks, mollusks (especially ammonites, which became extinct), and many species of plankton. It is estimated that 75% or more of all species on Earth vanished. Yet the extinction also provided evolutionary opportunities: in its wake, many groups underwent remarkable adaptive radiation—sudden and prolific divergence into new forms and species within the disrupted and emptied ecological niches. Mammals in particular diversified in the Paleogene, evolving new forms such as horses, whales, bats, and primates. Birds, fish, and perhaps lizards also radiated.
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Kemp Land 2008 Shackleton Expedition centenary set in minisheets.
To celebrate the centenary of the British Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton 1907 to 1909, the small Antarctic country Kemp Land issued a set of four stamps in 2008.

The designs:


5 cents ... Adelie penguins.

30 cents ... Shackleton's expedition ship, the "Nimrod", departing from Lyttelton for Antarctica, 1907.

75 cents ... The Beardmore Glacier, first discovered by Shackleton.

$3 ... Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922).

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This set was a joint issue with Mevu, which issued similar stamps. The stamps appeared in the form of these two minisheets, so each Post Office purchaser got four sets of stamps. Surprisingly, they are still on sale in Kemp Land. The five cent stamp has been reprinted in large sheets to allow for the huge demand for 5c stamps as a "make up rate".

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds. Determined to make amends for this perceived personal failure, he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909 he and three companions made a southern march which established a record Farthest South latitude 190 km from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. For this achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.

After the race to the South Pole ended in 1912 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to what he said was the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying -– the crossing of the continent from sea to sea, via the pole.

For more information on Kemp Land and its stamps, please visit the Kemp Land website, www.geocities.ws/kempland

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Kemp Land 2019 Dinosaurs set.
The President of the Gay Republic of Kemp Land, His Excellency, President Aubrey McKinnon, has announced that a new set of stamps will be issued by the Kemp Land Post Office shortly, featuring Dinosaurs.

"The 30 cent stamp shows the Argentinosaurus," the President explained, adding "this is a genus of titanosaur sauropod dinosaur first discovered by Guillermo Heredia in Argentina. The dinosaur lived on the then-island continent of South America somewhere between 97 and 93½ million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous Period. It is among the largest known dinosaurs."

Gasps from the press gallery followed when the President unveiled the design for the 90 cent stamp. "This giant-size stamp features Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the most well-represented of the large theropods. Tyrannosauri lived throughout what is now western North America, on what was then an island continent known as Laramidia. Tyrannosaurus had a much wider range than other tyrannosaurids. Fossils are found in a variety of rock formations dating to the Maastrichtian age of the Upper Cretaceous Period, 68 to 66 million years ago. It was the last known member of the tyrannosaurids, and among the last non-avian dinosaurs to exist before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event."

The President then explained about the $1.35 stamp, the inland registered mail rate. "This stamp shows the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a pterosaur known from the Late Cretaceous and one of the largest known flying animals of all time. It is a member of the family Azhdarchidae, a family of advanced toothless pterosaurs with unusually long, stiffened necks. Its name comes from the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god, Quetzalcoatl."

Finally, the top value was shown to the amazed journalists. "Patagotitan on the $3 stamp is a genus of titanosaurian sauropod from the Cerro Barcino Formation in Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina. The genus contains a single species known from multiple individuals: Patagotitan mayorum, first announced in 2014 and then validly named in 2017 by José Carballido, Diego Pol and colleagues. Contemporary studies estimate the length of the type specimen, a young adult, at 37 meters with an approximate weight of 69 tonnes," he elaborated.

The President concluded by urging youth to study the extinct dinosaurs, and urged them to take action to reverse climate change so that no more extinction events occur in our lifetime.
Wikipedia wrote:The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, also known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) extinction, was a sudden mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth, approximately 66 million years ago. With the exception of some ectothermic species such as the leatherback sea turtle and crocodiles, no tetrapods weighing more than 25 kilograms survived. It marked the end of the Cretaceous period and with it, the entire Mesozoic Era, opening the Cenozoic Era that continues today.

In the geologic record, the K–Pg event is marked by a thin layer of sediment called the K–Pg boundary, which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of the metal iridium, which is rare in the Earth's crust, but abundant in asteroids.

As originally proposed in 1980 by a team of scientists led by Luis Alvarez and his son Walter Alvarez, it is now generally thought that the K–Pg extinction was caused by the impact of a massive comet or asteroid 10 to 15 km wide, 66 million years ago, which devastated the global environment, mainly through a lingering impact winter which halted photosynthesis in plants and plankton. The impact hypothesis, also known as the Alvarez hypothesis, was bolstered by the discovery of the 180-kilometer-wide Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in the early 1990s, which provided conclusive evidence that the K–Pg boundary clay represented debris from an asteroid impact. The fact that the extinctions occurred simultaneously provides strong evidence that they were caused by the asteroid. A 2016 drilling project into the Chicxulub peak ring confirmed that the peak ring comprised granite ejected within minutes from deep in the earth, but contained hardly any gypsum, the usual sulfate-containing sea floor rock in the region: the gypsum would have vaporized and dispersed as an aerosol into the atmosphere, causing longer-term effects on the climate and food chain.

Other causal or contributing factors to the extinction may have been the Deccan Traps and other volcanic eruptions, climate change, and sea level change.

A wide range of species perished in the K–Pg extinction, the best-known being the non-avian dinosaurs. It also destroyed a plethora of other terrestrial organisms, including some mammals, pterosaurs, birds, lizards, insects, and plants. In the oceans, the K–Pg extinction killed off plesiosaurs and the giant marine lizards (Mosasauridae) and devastated fish, sharks, mollusks (especially ammonites, which became extinct), and many species of plankton. It is estimated that 75% or more of all species on Earth vanished. Yet the extinction also provided evolutionary opportunities: in its wake, many groups underwent remarkable adaptive radiation—sudden and prolific divergence into new forms and species within the disrupted and emptied ecological niches. Mammals in particular diversified in the Paleogene, evolving new forms such as horses, whales, bats, and primates. Birds, fish, and perhaps lizards also radiated.
And here is the delightful FDC, fresh from the Post Office:

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Kemp Land 2019 Dinosaur set on first day cover.

I have a few extras and happy to exchange with any collectors who also enjoy dinosaurs.

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This year, 2020, is the fiftieth birthday of Mevu, a small Antarctic republic first established in 1970, and which has been a steady stamp-issuer since then.

So to celebrate this birthday in a philatelic way, Kemp Land issued an attractive set of four stamps on 12th March 2020:

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Kemp Land 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence.
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Kemp Land 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence, first day cover.
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Kemp Land 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence, miniature sheet.
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! 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. Mevu was a founding member of the International Council of Independent States (ICIS), the “United Nations” of the Fifth World, in 1984.

The currency is 100 tanos = 1 reis.

Stamps and postal stationery have been issued since 1970, and new issues continue today. A diverse and interesting collection can be formed of this land. Although most of the 20th century issues are rather difficult to find these days.

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Mevu 1990 registered cover to Sedang. Probably philatelic.
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 visiting Waikoa Island.
Frozen fish and ice are imported from Mevu, whilst tropical fruit and vegetables are exported to Mevu.

– from the Mevu and Waikoa Island websites.
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Mevu 2005 Icebergs, 50 tanos. One of a set of four.
Sound like your type of place to visit? While sweltering in a heatwave, any respite would be welcome, even the chilly Antarctic!

Norwegian philatelist Geir Sor-Reime dreamed up Mevu in 1970, and began producing stamps. Geir was a trainee student of archæology at the time, and one of the things archæologists are taught is how to make usable copies of gravestone inscriptions: done using pencil rubbings. So not being a printer, Geir’s early stamps were all done as pencil rubbings, using various coloured pencils, and were of course imperf. Today, these are very scarce, but covers exist, and there have even been forgeries, some offered on Ebay! Photos can be seen on the Mevu website: www.angelfire.com/country/mevu Later, Geir began using photocopiers to produce his stamps: as these machines offered black as the only print colour, he used different paper colours to print the stamps on. He has also experimented with hectograph-prints, which offer violet as the only available colour, and also rubber stamps.
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One of Mevu's first issue from 1970, 2 reis salmon, a pencil-rubbing imperf (here affixed upside down, on a FDC.)


In 1972, Geir found that running his Cinderella land was consuming too much time, so he offered it to me (as I was then running Occussi-Ambeno, the only other Fifth World land around at the time, and had established diplomatic and cordial relations with Mevu.) I accepted the offer, and began printing new Mevu stamps, mainly using letterpress (often called typography by philatelists): the process attributed to Johan Gutenberg. Later, after he graduated, Geir resumed Mevu issues, while I have continued to print new stamps for the country as well. Today, most Mevu stamps are laser-printed in full colour, and perforated: a far cry from the 1970 issues!

Here we are in 2020, which marks Mevu’s 50th birthday. An event that certainly deserves some serious celebrating by Cinderella philately! Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island have both produced an attractive set of four stamps to celebrate the half-century, and the same designs have been used for similar sets by their friends Occussi-Ambeno and Kemp Land.

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Mevu 2020 50th Anniversary of Independence set. Each stamp also shows the Mevu flag.
These stamps feature photos of penguins and transport in Mevu; the photos were reportedly taken by the President of Mevu, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller. Designs of the Mevu set are:

17 tanosTwin Otter aircraft at Amundsen Harbour, and Mevu founder Lemmath Babi.
35 tanosPenguins Parade, and early Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928).
50 tanosMail by tractor, and early Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928).
1.70 reisEmperor Penguin, and Mevu founder Lemmath Babi.

Date of issue was 12th March 2020. The stamps are reported to have been printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island.

Geir himself has modelled for the founder of Mevu, Lemmath Babi. According to the Mevu website, Lemmath is married to Mevu’s current President, Liese Keller.

Folks interested in acquiring Mevu stamps and covers are welcome to get these by trading some of your duplicates, or mint commemorative sets of your country. Contact either of the Mevu embassies for these:
ICIS Regional Office,
P. O. Box 876,
Auckland,
New Zealand 1140.

WOPHAD Agency,
Haugliveien 10,
NO-4020 Stavanger,
Norway.
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Mevu tourism poster, published by the Ministry of Commerce, Mevu.

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I'm nonplussed to see that I somehow overlooked showing Kemp Land's interesting 2016 issue: the Chinese Cultural Revolution set:
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Kemp Land 2016 Chinese Cultural Revolution set.
China has millions of philatelists (reputedly more than in any other country, certainly more than in Kemp Land!), and most of those collect anything with a "China theme", which is why many postal administrations today issue stamps for the Asian New Year, as they know they will sell thousands of sets and minisheets to China. Whereas "regular" commemoratives, these days they are lucky if they even recover their printing cost. So stamps celebrating a monumental event in China's history seemed far more relevant than a silly new year, according to Kemp Land's rulers.
Trademe website wrote:Kemp Land issued this set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Date of issue was 19th July 2016.

The four stamps feature photos of personalities associated with this historic time of change in China. Designs are:


45c - Mao Zedong and Lin Biao on rostrum;
Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing.

60c - Mao Zedong and Jiang Qing at Yenan;
Mao Zedong and Lin Biao on rostrum.


$1.35 - Celebrating crowds with flags and a giant photo of Chairman Mao.

$3 - Red Guards struggle against bourgeoisie; Chairman Mao (1893 – 1976).

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The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a socio-political movement that took place in China from 1966 until 1971. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, its goal was to preserve true Communist ideology in the country by purging remnants of capitalist & traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Maoist thought as the ideology within the Party.

The Revolution was launched in May 1966, after Mao explained that bourgeois elements had infiltrated the government and society, aiming to restore capitalism. He insisted that these revisionists be removed through violent class struggle. China's youth responded to Mao's appeal by forming Red Guard groups around the country. The movement spread into the military, urban workers, and the Party leadership itself. It resulted in widespread factional struggles in all walks of life. Millions of people were criticised in the violent struggles that ensued across the country, and faced a wide range of actions including public humiliation, harassment, and seizure of property. A large segment of the population was forcibly displaced, such as urban youth to rural regions. Historical relics and artifacts were destroyed. Cultural and religious sites were ransacked, and philately was outlawed.

Mao declared the Cultural Revolution over in 1969, but its active phase lasted until the death of military leader Lin Biao in 1971.
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Kemp Land 2016 Chinese Cultural Revolution, miniature sheet.
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Panterra wrote:Let's look at more of Kemp Land's 40-plus years of stamp-issuing.

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Kemp Land 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence.
This set shows Matthew's old friend Geir Sor-Reime (who originally collaborated in printing Kemp Land's stamps) on two of the stamps. The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen is on the other two designs. The stamps were issued on 15th September 2015.

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Mevu is a Fifth World country located on the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula in Antarctica, and was founded by Geir Sor-Reime, an archaeologist from Norway. In 1971, as a busy student, he decided it was "too time-consuming" to continue, so handed it over to his old friend Bruce Henderson, who ran Occussi-Ambeno, the only other land to recognise Mevu up till then. For more on Mevu and photos of its stamps and covers, see the Mevu website.
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Kemp Land 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence, miniature sheet.
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Kemp Land 2020 Boy George comemmoration, in minisheet.
Kemp Land in 2015 had a revolution, where the despotic regime of Eric Gardo was overthrown in a gay uprising.

They established a new government and proclaimed the country THE GAY REPUBLIC OF KEMP LAND.

In 2020, they issued this attractive stamp, showing gay hero Boy George.
Wikipedia wrote:George Alan O'Dowd (born 14 June 1961), known professionally as Boy George, is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as "Karma Chameleon", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Time (Clock of the Heart)". George is known for his soulful voice and his androgynous appearance. He was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. He was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. More recently, he has released fewer music recordings, splitting his time between songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography. In 2015, Boy George received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Services to British Music.

In his 1995 autobiography Take It Like a Man, George stated that he was actually gay, not bisexual, and that he had secret relationships with punk rock singer Kirk Brandon and Culture Club drummer, Jon Moss. He stated many of the songs he wrote for Culture Club were about his relationship with Moss.

In 2006, in an episodic documentary directed by Simon George titled The Madness of Boy George, George declared on camera he was "militantly gay". In a 2008 documentary Living with Boy George, he talks about his first realisation he was gay, and when he first told his parents. He discloses that he understands why men fall in love with one another as well as with women.
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At a recent ICIS meeting via Zoom, one of the Heads of State mentioned the policy of Kings Fuad and Farouk of Egypt in ordering two oblique misperfed sheets of all stamps, and spoke glowingly of King Farouk's stamp collection. Another ruler inquired whether we could resurrect the practice, and all agreed to instruct the printers to prepare two sheets of each future issue as "Royal Oblique misperfs" for future Fifth World stamps.
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Kemp Land 2020 Boy George minisheet, with Royal Oblique misperfs.

The arrangement is that one of these mis-perfed sheets is presented to the King or President of the issuing country, and the other to the Distinguished Printer in appreciation for her or him having kindly co-operated to create these desirable errors. So they may come on to the market eventually.

The Boy George issue is the first Kemp Land stamp to appear in this format.


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