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Please note all of our Stamp issues are merely Cinderellas meant for fun and fantasy use only. These stamps have no real postal value outside of Taniquah, if using them on your mail, please use the stamps of the right postal authority in addition to your Taniquah issues. Of course we assume that 99% of you do not want to use them on mail anyway.
THE RULING FAMILY OF TANIQUAH TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYONE USING OUR POSTAGE STAMPS AS SOLE PARTIAL OR FULL PAYMENT FOR POSTAGE IN ANOTHER NATION!
PRINCE - MUSICAL GENIUS
Issued - July 2007
A personal favourite of his Majesty, Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA in 1958 and has made 38 official albums since 1978 and has over 3,000 songs in his vault. This was the first Taniquan issue to be printed by the state printer of Occusi Ambeno and came in a set of 4 values and a minisheet with 4 of the 30 heniti and a pair of the other values. These sheets exist with tete beche pairs as well
VALUES - 30 heniti (Local Rate 2007) - Prince in 1979
60 heniti (Rate to Samoa, Niue and Fiji) - Prince in 1981
$1 Taara (Rate to New Zealand) - Prince in 1991
$2 Taara (Global Rate) - Prince in 2007
BEARS OF THE PLANET
Issued September 3rd 2007
Values - 30 heniti Pea Mangu, Ursus Americanus (Black Bear)
60 heniti - Pea Paraone, Ursus Arctos Horribilius (Brown Bear)
Ta$1 - Pea Mapora, Ursus Maritimus (Polar Bear)
Ta$2 - Pea Tanetane, Ursus Homo Sapiens Laurentis (Male Human Gay Bear)
The set was an educational one and quite a hit. In mid 2007, the zoo at Walkerville gained the hire of 3 bears as part of an educational exhibit, for the sake of getting on the Polar bear was kept separate from the Polar Bear. The Polar Bear had just eaten a blue popsicle as the photo was taken.
The Ta$2 value showed Prime Minister Walkerstein, who is a member of a gay subculture known as Bears. These hairy and rather masculine full figured men (Who are humans) align themselves with the animals rather than the usual effeminate stereotypes of gays.
The Knights Templar 700th Anniversary
Issued October 13th 2007
I value - 60 Heniti (Jacques De Molay, Grand Master of Knights Templar)
This was a joint omnibus issue with Occusi Ambeno and Kempland. The Betrayal of the Knights Templar in 1314 was a pivotal part of history, with a jealous king of France (Philippe IV) claiming that the Knights were responsible for bribery, corruption, devil worship, sodomy and beastiality. In reality, he wanted the money and treasure and lands they had.
There are two versions of the stamp, as the printers were unfamilar with Maori, the language of Taniquah, the first version had Rangatira (Chief) spelled as Rangitira and the corrected version (Right) still has Kaha spelled wrong as Kahe.
Translation 13 Oketopa (October)
Kia Kaha te Knights Templar (Be strong Knights Templar)
Tau = Years, Heniti = Cents, Pohi =Postage
ISSUED NOVEMBER 21ST 2007
Values 30 Heniti - Lenin (From a 1969 Hungarian stamp)
60 Heniti - Lenin (From a 1970 Mauritius stamp)
$1 Taara - as 60 Heniti, but different colour surround
$2 Taara - as 30 Heniti, but different colour surround
The final issue of 2007 was a throwback to better times and revived the Lenin obsession of ruler Arapeta back in 1922. The set was issued with a mini sheet and saw a lot of sales from Russians and Chinese. The set is also one of the few post 1991 sets of anywhere to honour Lenin.
Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulanyov in 1870 and came from a well to do family in Simbirsk, Russian empire. His father (Ilya) was a middle class professional and ensured young Vladimir got a great education, however from an early age Vladimir had a real aversion to the Russian monarchy and rebelled against it, his older brother Alexander was executed in 1887 after an attempt on the Tsar's life. Vladimir duly became a lawyer and almost instantly read tracts by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and became a communist. By 1900 he was known in dissident circles and counted Trotsky and Kamenev amongst his friends. In 1903 he published Istra (The spark) a communist newspaper and was exiled to Siberia, but escaped capture and was in exile in Switzerland until March 1917. In this time he travelled to the UK, Paris and kept in touch with many other world socialists and communists.
He married Nadia Krupskaya and had a happy marriage with her, even though it was childless. In March 1917 after the Romanov monarchy fell, Lenin was invited back to Russia and the Germans gave him safe passage on their trains and he went through Sweden and Finland to avoid capture by Russian Tsarists in Poland and the Baltic arriving at Finland Station in Petrograd. After a few weeks, government talks broke down and the Bolsheviks under Lenin had to flee.
However further instability meant, that they came back on October 24th 1917 and took Petrograd (Known as Leningrad after 1924) using soldiers and the ship AURORA. They booted out the provisional government and Lenin moved the capital back to Moscow as he hated Petrograd (St. Petersburg, Leningrad) which had been the Russian capital since 1712. With the October Revolution complete (Actually November 8th as Russia was still on the Julian calendar), Lenin got a provisional Bolshevik government set up and got Russia out of World War One paying the Germans 30 billion rubles.
Civil war between the whites (Tsarist Russians) and Bolsheviks (Reds under Lenin, Trotsky and newcomer Josef Stalin (Real name Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili - born Gori Georgia 14 December 1878). The whites has brutal generals and the help of tired allied troops but in late 1920 they lost, but Lenin found it hard holding on to power, with fear being used in mass killings of dissidents, the Cheka (Secret Police) under Feliks Djervinsky and Stalin as head of Nationalities and an efficient killer of Tsarists. Having the Romanovs shot also got the regime off to a bad start.
A killer famine in the Ukraine in 1922/23 also derailed the Soviet Union, Lenin only enjoyed his role as head for a few years, being shot in 1922 and then a stroke, he died on January 25 1924 and mourning stamps were rushed out the next day. After 4 years of fighting, Stalin emerged as the new leader and his reign was known for its needless brutality, famines, wars and later on some progress. Even sadder was that Stalin insulted Krupskaya and Lenin threatened to end their friendship unless Stalin apologised and it was known that Trotsky was meant to succeed him. Stalin saw the threat and had Trotsky exiled, he moved around, but was caught up with in Mexico when Trotsky was murdered with an icepick.
Stalin also started a cult of Lenin and this led to at least 3 stamp issues a year by the USSR, Lenin museums in every Soviet Republic and parades where Lenin was venerated, his corpse was pickled and put on permanent display outside the Kremlin. Other Eastern Bloc countries also issued numerous Lenin based stamp issues, but Taniquah was probably the only Pacific one too in the 1920s, next was Tarajara in 2005 who had one stamp and then this set by Taniquah in 2007.
Buying these stamps will make a healthy addition to your Cinderella collection and one of the few genuine later Lenin issues.
The top two sheets are Prince and Bears and the Bottom is the Knights Templar sheet of our Allied state - Kempland.