Since November 5 and continuing until early March 2019, the Republica Phuketia government (that’s me) has been in exile, residing in the neighboring province’s Thai Chang subdistrict of Amphoe Muang Phang Nga. Of course, that includes Posta Phuketia which will become a cross-provincial service with the release this weekend of ten definitive stamps, rather than merely a local post. We may have to annex a small piece of territory (namely the Foreign Teachers’ Room at Ban Thai Chang Municipality School) and initiate overprints to denote the longer reach.
However, I still must return to Phuket (a two-hour drive from Phang Nag) each Friday in order to teach a two-hour class on Saturday mornings and, thus, the first Phuketian definitives will be released today, November 24, at Posta Phuketia Headquarters. These consist of ten denominations:
- 4-farang tan tuk-tuk (MPLP #Ph37)
- 10-farang blue Republica Phuketia seal
- 17-farang brown Asian elephant
- 28-farang gray tuk-tuk
- 50-farang yellow two elephants
- 75-farang orange Philately
- 1-eth multicolored Republica Phuketia seal
- 2-eth multicolored Phuketian flags
- 3-eth green & blue Posta Phuketia
- 4-eth deep blue Mark Joseph Jochim, Republica Phuketia supreme autocrat and postmaster general
Upcoming Phuketia local (cross-provincial) post releases will be as follows:
December 10, 2018 — Bicentennial of Thai-U.S. Friendship (3 stamps)
December 21, 2018 — Island of Phuket (souvenir sheet of four)
A limited number of first day covers will be prepared for each issue, using the standard double-ringed Phuketia GPO circular date stamp. Additional markings may denote the Government-In-Exile status in Tambon Tai Chang.