Flag FNT

FISHTOWN NEWPORT TERRITORY (FNT)

(postal services / stamps see more below)

ENGLISH: Due to the fact that most Micronations communicate in English this site is written in English. As the main language of the FNT is German there might occur errors ... Communications with the FNT can be done in English, German and French. Email: fnt(emailsign)fnt.bernhard-krauth.de

DEUTSCH: Auf Grund der Tatsache, dass die meisten Mikronationen auf Englisch kommunizieren ist diese Webseite in Englisch. Eine deutschsprachige Fassung findet sich hier. Kontakt mit dem FNT kann in Englisch, Deutsch und Französisch erfolgen. Email: fnt(emailsign)fnt.bernhard-krauth.de

FRANÇAIS: Comme la majorité des Micronations font leur communication en Anglais ce site est écrit en Anglais. Une version en français vouy trouvez ici. Comme la langue principale du FNT est Allemand il n'est pas à éviter des erreurs ... Communication avec le FNT peut être établi en Anglais, Allemand et en Français. Email: fnt(emailsign)fnt.bernhard-krauth.de

History

Based on the idea of Micronations, especially due to the consultation of the webpages of the Federated Micronations of the Musanian Lands (short: FM) on May 10th of 2015 was born the idea of the declaration of an exterritorial area with the name Fishtown Newport Territory (short: FNT)

Due to the extremely restricted size of the ground where this Territory is settled and to the fact that this ground is not owned and in some sense occupied the declaration of a real Micronation was not considered to be a realistic solution. So the declaration of an exterritorial sovereign territory was seen as a most accurate definition for the political definition.

The Foundation was carried out by the Chief Administrator of the territory, who immediately assured to the new territory the acknowledgement by the State Department of the Federated Micronations (FM), giving the status of an Associated Sovereign Territory to the FNT. The Administrator is named as representative of the FM in the Territory, responsible for the diplomatic and consular functions for and on behalf of the FM in the FNT.

The FNT directly took for a better identification of its special status an own flag which is based (in only little modifications) on the flag of a never realized foundation of a global wide Nation with the name Koljand in the early 1980’s. The colors present the colors of our earth: Brown for the ground, blue for the water, green for the land and plants, yellow for the sun in the sky.

Political System

After consulting later on various definitions of a "Micronation" and visiting a lot of other Micronation websites it was stated that the FNT is nothing different - except that it have no typical government or "Head of State" and no constitution or similar declaration about the political form of state. Turning the FNT into a real Micronation was finally denied by the Chief Administrator who can be considered as the only "Master next God", the political system is simply: Autocratic. All Decisions concerning the Territory and its belongings are finally in his mind without any alternative. So due to this fact the FNT can be considered as nothing else than a Micronation as well.

FNT Flag with Crown Armoire

In use for diplomatic and other political interactions the flag of the FNT is also used with a symbolized crown in the center, for diplomatic contracts is used the coat of arms.

Diplomatic Relations

As described above close relations exist to the FM and the Republic of Capricornia. Diplomatic Relations were also established to the Forstendom Holkau on 2016, March 9th. The Chief Administrator of the Forstendom Holkau, Mr. Holger Kaufhold, is named as representative of the Fishtown Newport Territory, responsible for the diplomatic and consular functions for and on behalf of the FNT in the Forstendom Holkau. Visa Versa, the Chief Adminsitrator of the FNT will be in function for the diplomatic relationsship and consular functions.

A Treaty of Friendship and Co-Operation was signed with the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis (Het Groothertogdom Flandrensis) on 2016, March 16th.

A Treaty of Friendship and Co-Operation was signed with the Principauté d'Aigues-Mortes on 2016, August 01st.

A Treaty of mutual recognition was signed with the Anacratic Republic of Padrhom (République Anacratique du Padrhom) on 2016, August 03rd.

A Treaty of mutual recognition was signed with the Emire of Angyalistan on 2016, September 09th.

Relationsships can be requested by contacting the Chief Adminsitrator. (Email to: fnt(emailsign)fnt.bernhard-krauth.de). A relationship with the FNT might have the advantage of creating a special (cheaper) postage fee agreement as existing for the FM.

Geography

The FNT consists of approx. 78 m² not-owned ground inside a North German town called by certain locals "Fishtown" due to its history in fishing industries. It is the second biggest sea port of Germany. The location of the FNT in the City is on the border of a basin of the port area called "Neuer Hafen", in English Newport. The Territory consists of a major part of ca. 72 m² plus a close-by separated area of ca. 6 m².

The short form FNT applies also for the Freija Nücke Territoria, an area belonging as well to the Fishtown Newport Territory, which is around 100 km westerly of Fishtown inside East Frisia in a former farmer village named Nücke. It was declared 2015 June 7th. The Freija Nücke Territoria is much bigger than the Territory in Fishtown on an owned ground of about 1300 m², but its administrative status is not cleared due to various circumstances. Strong groups of the inhabitants dominating any process of finding a definitive solution for the administration.

Postal services from and to this area are maintained by the postal administration of the Fishtown Newport Territory and using the post stamps of Fishtown.

Currency and language

Currency of the FNT is the same as in the surrounding State of Germany, the Euro (€). Main language in the FNT is German, followed closely by English and French, but also other idioms like f.e. Kur-Palatine (local dialect of the area of the town of Heidelberg) and East-Frisian are common.

Population

The Fishtown Newport Territory is semi-permanently inhabited by the Chief Administrator, occasionally also by other persons. The Freija Nücke Territory is permanently inhabited by at least 4 citizens including the Chief Administrator.

Postal Service of the FNT

A special agreement was done with the Republic of Capricornia (a state in the FM ) concerning postal services in the Territory. The Postmaster of the Capricornia Post decided due to the request of the FNT the foundation of the Capricornia Post Extraterritorial Agencies (CPEA), and postal services were offered in the Territory from 2015 May 28th.

These services are carried out independently of the CPEA. The CPEA and the FNT agree together about postage fees, design and themes of stamp editions and other questions of the postal service. The supply of post stamps is done by the CPEA, therefore the CPEA gets from the FNT any financial result of selling these stamps abroad in some way as f.e. to collectors. The FNT is keeping itself only the financial gains generated by the postal service.

Postal Charges:

Due to the small size of the Territory inside postal traffic is free of charge. // Measurements apply according the Deutsche Post regulations. FNT-stamps have to be fixed on the backside of the envelopes. Posting on the front side is compulsory for postings exclusively by the FNT postal services (usually only applying for postings inside Fishtown City or to FM-Countries when not using additional postal services).

Stamps can be used for posting only directly after buying them, once exported a re-import into the FNT for postal use is not accepted.

Stamps for collections will be sold for: a) used / cancelled stamps 0,10 € per stamp and b) unused / mint stamps for 0,20 € plus 10% of the imprinted value (except stamps with a value less than 0,20 €). Please contact by: Email to: fnt(emailsign)fnt.bernhard-krauth.de

The following table is valid as from 2016 January 1st.

Destination up to 20g up to 50g up to 500g up to 1000g Parcels etc. per kg
Inside FN-Territory free of charge free of charge free of charge free of charge free of charge
.
Area of Fishtown City and the village of Holtland-Nücke outside of the FN-Territory - 0,50 € 1,00 € 2,00 € + 2,00 €
.
FM Countries* 0,70 € 0,90 € 1,50 € 2,60 € + 2,00 €
.
Germany - 1,00 € 1,70 € 3,00 € + 2,50 €
Germany books - - 1,20 € 2,00 €
.
Other Countries (Air) 1,10 € 1,70 € 4,00 € 8,00 € 18,00 € max. 2 kg
.
Forstendom Holkau*; The Grand Duchy of / Het Groothertogdom Flandrensis*; Principauté d'Aigues-Mortes*; République Anacratique du Padrhom*; Empire of Anyalistan*; 1,00 € 1,50 € 3,80 € 7,00 € 10,00 € max. 2 kg
.
Registered letter surcharge - - - 2,50 €
.

Other Countries more than 2 kg is not provided by the FNT – Postal Service.

* Applying also for postings to recognized Embassies / Consulates of the named Countries.

Stamp editions of the FNT

2015:

No. 1 - 2015, May 28th

FNT 1

Type: Postmaster stamp to assure postal service; red overprint of an old French permanent value stamp of 1978 (Michel-No. 2080xw); perforation K13.

Theme: Due to the situation that the implementation of the postal service by the CPEA suffered by some delay the Administration of the FNT decided to make at least some postal service available by ink-printing on some old unused French stamps. 80 stamps had been realized. These stamps are showing instead of some value the words "POST PAID" and came into service on 2015 May 28th.

These stamps were not sold and only used by the FNT postmaster on letters posted from the territory, to indicate that the postal fees had been paid. As also an official postmark for obliteration was still missing the postmasters private postmark was used for that purpose.

The use and validity of these stamps was suspended on September 1st (2015) when the official postmark was finally available in the territory, and released by the permanent values of the territory (Nos 3 to 7, see below). From the 80 overprints remained 42, so only about 30 pieces had been used (8 pcs kept for documentary purposes in the FNT and CPEA). From the remaining 20 were destroyed immediately, the other 22 overprints kept for distribution to collector purposes.

Attention: Due to the ink-overprint the color is not water-proof and might be washed away in intense contact with water.

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FNT Postmark The official postmark as in service since September 1st 2015

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No. 2 - 2015, June 22nd

FNT 2

Type: Commemorative stamp.

Value: 0,70 €

Size: ca. 58x32 mm

Perforation: Line 11,5 printed on (almost invisible) gummed, non-fluorescent paper. Printed in sheets of 3x7 stamps.

Quantity of stamps: 84 pieces

Theme: Commemorative stamp for the Start of the Postal Service of the FNT. The picture is showing a sunset over the peninsular-island of Langlütjen in the river Weser estuary as it can be seen and was photographed from the Territory. All FNT-stamps will carry the territorial flag and name as well as the Capricornia Post Extraterritorial Agencies - indication.

As this stamp was available already earlier then the official postmark and the delivery of this postmark delayed the stamp was finally set in use additional and aside to the postmaster stamp (No. 1) and cancelled as well with the personal postmaster postmark. With the delivery of the FNT official postmark cancelation was done from September 2nd 2015.

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No. 3 to 7 - 2015, September 2nd

FNT 3-7

Type: Permanent value stamp.

Values: No. 3 - 0,10 €; No. 4 - 0,50 €; No. 5 - 0,70 €; No. 6 - 1,00 €; No. 7 - 2,50 €

Size: No. 3 to 5: ca. 25x29 mm; No. 6 and 7: ca. 41x29 mm

Perforation: Line 11,5 printed on (almost invisible) gummed, non-fluorescent paper.

No. 3 to 5 printed in sheets of 8x6 stamps. No. 4 and 5 are printed attaching to each other in the middle of the sheet, the No. 4 covering with 24 pieces the top, and the No. 5 with 24 pieces the lower part of the sheet. So per sheet only 6 vertical pairs of the No. 4 and 5 are possible. Printing these stamps alone in a sheet might be realized in the future.

No. 6 and 7 printed in sheets of 8x4 stamps.

Quantity of stamps: No. 1: ax pieces / No. 2: bx pieces / No. 3: cx pieces / No. 4: dx pieces / No. 5 ex pieces (therein pairs of No 4 and 5 totally: fx pieces) / No. 6: gx pieces / No. 7: hx pieces

Theme: Following the standard theme of Capricornia Post stamps for permanent values the theme are birds. As the FNT is situated on the seaside, sea doves and similar birds are shown.

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2016:

No. 8 to 11 - 2016, February 25th

FNT 8-11

Type: Thematic stamp set

Values: No. 8: 1,00 € / No. 9: 1,20 € / Nr. 10: 1,70 € / Nr. 11: 4,00 €

Size: No. 8: ca. 55*27 mm; No. 9 to 11: 56*27 mm

Perforation: Line 11,5. The paper is quite rough, when separating at the perforation faults in the perforation occur regularly, so a non-perfect perforation usually have to be considered as "normal"

Printed on (almost invisible) gummed, non-fluorescent paper. Printed in sheets of 3x8 stamps each.

Quantity of stamps: 384 set

Theme: Fishtown Newport is lying at the sea side directly aside at one of the busiest ports in Northern Europe. This means that all kinds of ships are visible directly from the territory or just a few steps away. This set of stamps like to present the four most common types of ships. All of them have been here within the last years and some of them can be seen from time to time still today.

Shown as by value:

1,00 €: Coaster Hela, IMO No. 6702284, Length 61,8 m / Breadth 10,0 m / Gross Tonnage (GT) 861, build in 1966. Still in Service under a different name in 2016. Typical type of ship for short range coastal services of general cargo and bulk.

1,20 €: Cruise Liner Mona Lisa, IMO No. 6512354, L 201 m / B 26,5 m / GT 28891, build in 1966. Beached and wrecked off November / December 2015. Typical type of ship for worldwide passenger transport, cruise voyages and liner services.

1,70 €: Container Ship Rio Verde, IMO No. 9261827, L 208,2 m / B 29,8 m / GT 25703, build in 2003. Still in Service under a different name in 2016. Typical type of ship for worldwide transport of standardized cargo in containers.

4,00 €: Car Carrier Tamesis, IMO No. 9191307, L 240,6 m / B 32,3 m / GT 67140, build in 2000. Still in Service under this name in 2016. Typical type of ship for worldwide transport of any kind of rolling cargo, mainly cars, trucks and heavy cargo on rolling flats.

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