Thursday, 28 July 2016

NAURU - Repubrikin Naoero

Officially the Republic of Nauru (NauruanRepubrikin Naoero) and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres (186 mi) to the east. With 9,488 residents in a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and third smallest state by area in the world, behind only Vatican City and Monaco
Nauru is a phosphate rock island with rich deposits near the surface, which allowed easy strip mining operations. It has some remaining phosphate resources which, as of 2011, are not economically viable for extraction. Nauru boasted the highest per-capita income enjoyed by any sovereign state in the world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. When the phosphate reserves were exhausted, and the island's environment had been seriously harmed by mining, the trust that had been established to manage the island's wealth diminished in value. To earn income, Nauru briefly became a tax haven and illegal money laundering centre. From 2001 to 2008, and again from 2012, it accepted aid from the Australian Government in exchange for hosting the Nauru detention centre. As a result of heavy dependence on Australia, many sources have identified Nauru as a client state of Australia.

One of the most rarest country among philatelists and cover collectors finally reached in my collection. Nauru had a very good philatelic service and philatelic bureau in earlier days. Now the country has no much interest in philately and even no Registered mail service too. My dear friend David visited Nauru in April 2016, and he discussed with philatelic bureau staff too. He posted covers from Nauru and it reached in my hands on July 26, 2016.  

This is Nauru Post Office ! Nauru post office looks like it was falling apart. The last stamp issue they have was released in 2009 and they have no new issues here since then. The post office sells Definitives unless you ask for special stamps and then they produce a full selection in another folder . It is just 70c to mail a postcard. They have stopped the registered service over a year ago according to June who was in charge of Nauru Post. 

My friend David and the Nauru Post Staff. Here you can see my covers are on the top of the table. It is one of the gem in my collection. Thank You David for the big help.

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