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Papua New Guinea

1901-PRESENT

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11d Top of Wooden Shield single

Independent state occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, in the western Pacific Ocean, north of Australia. The southern portion of the country, Papua, was united administratively with the northern U.N. mandate of New Guinea in 1949, as Papua and New Guinea. In 1972, the name of the territory became simply Papua New Guinea. In 1974, it achieved self-government under Australian authority and, in 1975, became independent. The country retains close ties with Australia. Papua New Guinea has numerous tribal divisions, with 750 local languages, so the maintenance of the country's territorial integrity is a major priority. A secession movement in Bougainville brought violent outbreaks, beginning in 1973. The Bougainville rebels declared independence in 1990, although government forces reoccupied the island in 1991, and the rebels have been on the defensive since 1994. Indonesian incursions from West Irian occurred in 1978.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

 

Precedent Countries:


PAPUA
1906-1972

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3p Papuan Dandy single
 

NEW GUINEA
1925-1937

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£1 Bird of Paradise single
 

NORTH WEST PACIFIC ISLANDS
1915-1923

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Overprint on 10sh stamp of Australia single
 

GERMAN NEW GUINEA
1897-1919

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5m Kaiser's Yacht Hohenzollern single
 

NEW BRITAIN
1914-1915

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5p surcharge and G.R.I. overprint on 50pf Kaiser's Yacht Hohenzollern single
 

BRITISH NEW GUINEA
1901-1906

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2p Lakatoi single

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