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Ocussi Ambeno micronation

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The micronation of Quatair / Ocussi Ambeno

imaginary flag of Oecussi image by Antonio Martins, 11 October 1999

There is someone in New Zealand who issues stamps for Ocussi Ambeno — but this is not the Timorese one, but is rather a micronation, in much the same way as one other micronation is called Reunion.
James Dignan, 09 December 1997

On [mchXX], under the title "Soukrome staty" there are 11 images of imaginary states, including Ocussi Ambeno: red over green with at the fly [!] a white vertical stripe (so, like the flag of Madagascar mirrored). No source is given.
Mark Sensen, 11 October 1999

Soukrome staty means "private countries" or "privately owned countries"…
Joàn-Francés Blanc, 12 October 1999

The “self proclaimed” sultanate was proclaimed by Bruce Henderson after 1968. The Sultan in 1968 was Wallis Abdullah I, and later Michael Abdullah. The postal addresses are:

Sultanate of Quatair / Ocussi Ambeno,
PO box 876, Auckland, New Zealand; or
Markpress box 21240, Auckland, New Zealand; or
Box 1619, Brisbane 4001, Australia
I don’t know the flag but the coat of arms is with two oval wreaths, a crown above and 18 circles within the oval (in line 3, over 4, over 5 over 6, each time greater, over the word QUATAIR, over 8 five pointed stars over a great five pointed star. In the bottom a ribbon with the inscription "onward".
Jaume Ollé, 09 December 1997

It sounds dreadfully overdesigned. And inscription would likely be in Portuguese, Bhasa or Arabic. There’s no English connection beyond this Auckland clique that I’ve ever heard of, so that’s probably how it got to say "onward".
Stephen Collier, 07 October 1999 is the page of Okusi Ambeno Sultanate <> is the page of postal products I received a beautiful file about next post emission. In the upper part is the emblem of the Ministry of post, with the arms of… Brunei!!
Jaume Ollé, 03 April 2000

That’s not surprising, since everything in that “sultanate” is a hoax. It’s just an internet-based micronation with a spurious claim to territory in real world.
Jorge Candeias, 03 April 2000

Yep, and the “national” coat of arms of this so called sultanate is the arms of Indonesia with the central shield blurred off. Hardly imaginative, but… No flags, anyway. I still don't understand if this is just a joke of some kind (the website has a lot of “give-aways”, like that bit about hallucinogenic mushrooms being a major export, or that garudas really exist), or if they are still conning keen and not-so-clever philatelists.
António Martins, 04 April 2000

The so-called “sultanate” is a fiction, one of the many micronations that have been created in the last decades. Unlike some of these micronations (who have real territory where real people live and claim independence), this had only “territory” on the Internet and on stamps catalogues. Also, the people there are overwhelmingly Christian (which is also a political statement of resistance against the Indonesian oppressor, predominantly Muslim), so it couldn’t be a sultanate. This helps to show the deep ignorance of the guy who invented the sultanate story about the sociological reality of the enclave, which is also quite common in micronations that claim chunks of “real-world” territory.
Jorge Candeias, 08 October 1999

Sometime in the mid 1970s, he printed letterheads for the non-existent Consul General of Ocussi Ambeno, from Auckland (address i forget, but i saw these). He explained that he had discovered that Ocussi Ambeno “didn’t actually exist”, but was listed in atlases nevertheless. Around the same time, he and others printed extremely basic postage stamps to back up the nation’s reputation. These were done with rubber stamps individually, and featured cats, fish, teddy bears and steam trains. I was told that these were never intended to be taken seriously, but they were submitted without laughter to an international philatelic journal with covering letterhead from the “consulate” and appeared in the next issue as a curiosity — in the so-called Cinderella section. I saw this issue.

This is as much as I can vouch for, and it’s a shame I can’t verify what happened next…though i did see many sample sets of the “real” stamps. Here’s the story:

Two months later, a major European-based engraver/publisher writes to the consulate in Auckland and expresses cordial greetings, sympathy for the position of struggling small nations etc. Oblique correspondence gives way to enquiries about the diplomatic hierarchy; is the sultanate’s man in Auckland the senior man overseas? does the consulate in Auckland have any particular needs that could be addressed? It’s noted that he is a keen philatelist. It’s pointed out that the publishing company prints stamps, very good ones, and specializes in international “covers”, large packages and long term client relationships. Company would be prepared to pay “fee” for exclusive contract, and right to market commemorative sets to investors…

And the story goes that $US 30 000 changed hands. Everything was done properly and quickly; the stamps arriving in time for the Queen’s silver jubilee — that was the theme they celebrated. The printer placed tropical fish and animals on them, for reasons of continuity no doubt.

The money went on parties, and when they’d sobered up and realised that the printer wouldn’t prosecute them but might well take action privately, the rest of it went on changing identities and moving to Australia.

Stephen Collier, 07 October 1999

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