2024 Stamp Issues

Commemorative Issue "Diplomatic Dinner in Balangrad City, 2024.01.06"

Commemorative Issue Diplomatic Dinner Balangrad City

On 2024.01.06, the Government of the Parliamentary Monarchy of Duckionary invited a number of Micronations to a Diplomatic Dinner. In addition to participants from Obscurium, Pleiso and New Rubix, also the Postmaster General of Posta tal Musograd, representing the F.M., was invited to the event which was very relaxed and interesting. Some of the attendees were also able to visit the offices of the Musogradian stamp printing house "yourstamps" after the dinner.

PtM issued a stamp to commemorate the event, combining the well known "Bramborska Gate" as a symbol of Balangrad City with the flags of Duckionary, Obscurium, New Rubix and Pleiso (from left to right). The participants received First Day Covers of the issue.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.01.06
  • Design: J.Schwarz
  • Free perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 1.75
  • Order No. FM202401 - single stamp (CW 1.75)

Commemorative Issue "Year of the Dragon 2024"

Commemorative Issue Year of the Dragon 2024

The Chinese "Year of the Dragon" begins in February 2024. Posta tal Musograd does not usually celebrate the Chinese New Year, but has made exceptions for the Year of the Dragon 2012 and the Year of the Horse 2015 . For 2024, a pair of stamps celebrating the Year of the Dragon was issued, displaying a pair of dragons chasing each other. The inscriptions are in Traditional Chinese, Musosloviansk and English. The graphics of the CW 3.00 stamp is based on an original crayon painting, with the graphics of the 2.00 stamp having been derived from the drawing by AI technology. The printing sheet consists of 2 x 6 se tenant pairs.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.01.31
  • Design: J.Schwarz
  • Free perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 2.00 + 3.00
  • Order No. FM202402 - pair of se tenant stamps (CW 5.00)

Commemorative Issue "Supporting Ukraine against russian aggression"

Commemorative Issue Supporting Ukraine against russian aggression

On 2022.02.24, the russian army started a full scale war against Ukraine, which is still ongoing and in an uneasy stalemate after two years of severe fighting. Most western nations reacted too slow to this final step into a new era of warfare. Analysts in the F.M. predicted the unfolding events already in 2008 and in detail in 2021 and early 2022 , documented also by respective PtM stamp issues .

The 2024 stamp issue depicts a destroyed russian T72B tank which was displayed in front of the russian embassy in Berlin, Germany (aka Balangrad City) in February 2023. The photo was taken by the Postmaster General and processed to enhance the "NAFO" meme and Ukrainian flag on top of the tank and to remove the russian flag from the embassy building. The sign in front of the tank shows the text "russland vernichtet unsere Zukunft", ie "russia destroys our future".

An explanatory text was printed on the reverse side of the stamp, using technology recently developed by yourstamps . The stamp was printed in small sheets containing six stamps each, with Ukrainian and English border texts. We apologize for the spelling error on the border - "russian" would have been the correct spelling.

Commemorative Issue Supporting Ukraine against russian aggression - small sheet

The 2CW surcharge will be donated to the "United24 Dronation" campaign supporting the Ukrainian army. For international philatelic sales, the full sales amount will be donated. Alternatively, to receive a minisheet, customers may donate an amount of 24€ / US$ 24 directly to the project . For this, a screenshot confirmation of the transfer is required. Offer valid as long as stock available.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.02.24
  • Design & photo: J.Schwarz
  • Free perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 2.00 + 2.00 surcharge
  • Order No. FM202403 - single stamp (CW 4.00)
  • Order No. FM202403s - small sheet containing six stamps (CW 24.00)

Commemorative Issue - "The Kraken Wakes - Sea Surface Temperature Crisis"

Commemorative Issue - The Kraken Wakes - Sea Surface Temperature Crisis

About one year ago, some Climate scientists invented the phrase "Gobsmacking Bananas" to describe a strange phenomenon they could not explain, an extreme rise of sea surface temperatures in all oceans around the globe. Based on satellite measurements , the temperatures were about 0.3°C higher than any seen since the start of compareable measurements. Now, one year later, the rise continues, with the current value again 0.2°C higher than last year. Until now, the oceans served as a buffer for the climate, but that phase is probably over now. As the sea surface couples to the atmosphere and injects humidity and energy into it, we are already seeing strange weather phenomena in many regions caused by the temperature jump.

In 1953, John Wyndham published the classic science-fiction novel "The Kraken Wakes" , in which he described the melting of the polar ice by a race of alien invaders which had settled in the deepest oceans. The denial, belated action and ensuing chaos and breakdown of society are accurately described. Of course, today, we are the aliens.

The inscription on the stamp refers to the novel and through it to the poem "The Kraken" by Alfred Tennyson which inspired John Wyndham. A chart showing the sea surface temperature of the temperate zones between 1981 and today serves as background.

The stamp is printed in small sheets of six, with sheet border pieces decorated with the current global sea heat map connected to each stamp.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.02.28
  • Design: J.Schwarz
  • Fixed perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 0.75
  • Order No. FM202404 - single stamp (CW 0.75)
  • Order No. FM202404s - small sheet containing six stamps (CW 4.50)

Commemorative Issue - "Immanuel Kant and Anton Bruckner anniversaries"

Commemorative Issue - Immanuel Kant and Anton Bruckner anniversaries

With this issue, the anniversaries of Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804) and Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896) are honoured. Immanuel Kant is probably the most important philosopher of modern times. He is most famous for his concept of the " categorical imperative " as a moral guideline for everybody, Although according to some accounts he never left his home town of Königsberg, there is ample proof that he founded a number of secondary schools as a wandering scholar, e.g. in Balangrad City and Musograd City .

Anton Bruckner is an Austrian composer and organist. As a composer, he created nine large scale symphonies which usually are categorized as "Late Romantic" but containing structures and harmonics pointing towards the future. This conflict made it difficult for both his contemporaries and the general public of the late 20th century to accept him as one of the most important composers of classical music.

The two stamps were printed together in a small sheet containing 3 of each type in a chessboard layout, The sheet border contains descriptive texts in 2 fields attached to the respective stamps. The stamp images were taken from Wikimedia both for Kant and Bruckner .

  • Date of Issue: 2024.04.26
  • Design: J.Schwarz
  • Small Fixed perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 2.00 / 3.00
  • Order No. FM202405 - two se tenant stamps (CW 5.00)
  • Order No. FM202405b - two stamps with border pieces containing descriptive text (CW 5.00)
  • Order No. FM202405s - small sheet containing six stamps (CW 15.00)

Commemorative Issue - 150st Anniversary of first Balanda issue of Jules Verne's "20'000 Leagues under the Seas"

Commemorative Issue - 150st Anniversary of first Balanda issue of Jules Verne

Although Jules Verne's 200th birthday is still 4 years into the future, Posta tal Musograd decided to issue a stamp celebrating one of his finest and most famous works, the novel "20'000 Leagues under the Seas", as one of our regular designers, A. Wulf, had created a beautiful drawing of an Octopus (or maybe Hexapus) which reminded both of us of the novel. The French version of the novel was first printed in 1869/70, but the Balanda / German version came later, in 1874, 150 years ago. ( Balanda is the Musosloviansk term for the variant of the German language which is the main language of the Balanda Republic in the Federated Micronations,)

The stamp was printed in small sheets of 8 stamps, each connected to a graphically enhanced border piece. The "information line" containing the name of the designer, the year and "Posta tal Musograd" was not set in black as usual, but in grey, to reduce interference with the design. This technical feature was introduced by yourstamps in 2024.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.04.26
  • Design: J.Schwarz
  • Free perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 1.50
  • Order No. FM202406 - single stamp (CW 1.50)
  • Order No. FM202406s - small sheet containing eight stamps (CW 12.00)

Commemorative Issue - "D-Day Anniversary 1944-06-06"

Commemorative Issue - D-Day Anniversary 1944-06-06

On Tuesday, 1944.06.06, Allied forces landed in Normandy to liberate Europe from German occupation. This day was an inflection point for European history and has had a strong influence on Musanian political orientation. Posta tal Musograd decided to issue a stamp for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, combining the most famous cultural center of Normandy, Mont-Saint-Michel , with the most important tank in use at the times, the M4 Sherman . The D-Day landing took place far from Mont-Saint-Michel, on the other side of the Normandy peninsula, but the island monastery is a symbol both of Western culture and of resistance, never having been conquered during the Hundred Years' War.

The Sherman tank positioned next to Mont-Saint-Michel is actually the tank around which the story of the movie "Fury" evolves, On the right side of the stamp, the flags of the most important participants of the operation are displayed, UK, US, Canada, France and Australia.

The stamp was printed in fixed format sheets of 15 stamps, with the sheet border inscription "D-Day Anniversary 1944-06-06".

  • Date of Issue: 2024.06.06
  • Design: J.Schwarz - Tank Image made by Simon Q, CC-BY 2.0
  • Fixed perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 0.80
  • Order No. FM202407 - single stamp (CW 0.80)
  • Order No. FM202407s - full sheet containing 15 stamps (CW 12.00)

Commemorative Issue - "World Refugee Day 2024"

Commemorative Issue - World Refugee Day 2024

June 20th has been designated by the United Nations as World Refugee Day . In 2024, a new world wide record number of refugees was registered, with the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Myanmar and many other countries adding to the flood of people forced by war, famine and suppression to leave their homes. On June 20th, 2024, the German government held a long meeting on the subject of refugees. Disappointingly, the discussion was less on the aspect of helping refugees and more on deterring them, limiting their access to money and finding ways to send some back to Syria and Afghanistan. Although the F.M. do accept that returning persons who are attacking their host country or committing criminal acts is correct, the focus seems to be to victimize all refugees in order to deter new ones.

The F.M. are well aware that this tactics had already been tried out in the year 378. Goths, fleeing from the Huns, had entered Roman territory by crossing the Danube river. Emperor Valens allowed their entry and offered them the status as foederati, hoping to win new soldiers for the legions. The provincial commanders, however, tried to exploit and attack the refugees. The Goths fought back, organizing under their leaders Alaviv and Fritigern , displayed symbolically on the stamp. The apex of the conflict was the battle of Adrianople which ended in a rout of the Roman forces and the death of Emperor Valens. This event is seen as the beginning of the "Fall of the Roman Empire". Actually, Germany holds the refugee leader Fritigern in high regards, honouring him with a plate in "Walhalla", a building dedicated to the memory of important Germans. It is seen as improbable that Germany will similarly honour a future leader of refugees breaking down the borders of Europe. Such is life.

The stamp is based on the painting "Goths traversing a river" by Evariste-Vital Luminais and was processed by AI. It was printed in minisheets of 8 stamps, each connected to a border field referring to the World Refugee Day.

  • Date of Issue: 2024.06.20
  • Design: J.Schwarz - base image "Goths traversing a river" by Evariste-Vital Luminais - Public Domain
  • Free perforation, matt paper
  • Printed with Kyocera printer
  • Value: CW 1.80
  • Order No. FM202408 - single stamp (CW 1.80)
  • Order No. FM202408s - mini sheet containing 8 stamps (CW 14.40)