Stamp Issuing Entities Of The World

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Wadhwan (1888-c. 1895)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive; Population: 44,259. A former feudatory state in western India.

Wallis and Futuna Islands (1920-)

Stamp-issuing status: active; Population: 14,817 (1997 estimate). Two archipelagos in the South Pacific Ocean, under French protection since 1888. In 1961 Wallis and Futuna became an Overseas Territory of France.

Warsaw (1915)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. The capital of Poland. During World War I, 14 stamps were issued or surcharged by the Warsaw Citizens Committee under the authority of the German military commander. A number of World War II German occupation of Poland issues were overprinted and two new designs were issued during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. These are scarce, desirable and often forged.

Warwiszki (1923)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. A city in northeastern Poland. Formerly part of Lithuania, the city was occupied by Polish forces in 1923, at which time Polish stamps were overprinted for local use.

Wenden (Livonia) (1862-1902)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. A former district of the Russian province of Livonia that issued stamps until 1902, when Russian stamps replaced those of Wenden. The area was divided between Latvia and Estonia in 1918.

Western Australia (1854-1913)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive; Population: 190,000 (1912 estimate). A large state of western Australia. Formerly a separate colony, Western Australia joined in forming the Commonwealth of Australia in January 1901.

Western Hungary (Lajtabanat) (1921)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. Following World War I, the Allies assigned the formerly Hungarian province of Burgenland to Austria because of its proximity to Vienna and its predominantly German population. Hungarian irregulars were in occupation of the province, however, and refused to evacuate. Through Italian mediation, a plebiscite was held in December 1921. The district around Odenburg (Sopron) was awarded to Hungary and the rest of the province to Austria. During the Hungarian occupation, overprinted Hungarian stamps and a locally produced set were in use.

Western Ukraine (1918-19)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. A briefly independent state in central Europe. Formed in October 1918 from the Austro-Hungarian territories of central and eastern Galicia and Bukovina in an attempt to unite the region with the Ukraine. In November 1918, Romania occupied Bukovina, and in January 1919, the balance of the Western Ukraine united with the Ukrainian National Republic. In July 1919, the area was occupied by Poland, which, in 1939, lost it to the Soviet Union.

West Irian (1962-70)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive; Population: 923,440 (1973 estimate). Formerly Netherlands New Guinea. Under U.N. administration from 1962 to 1963, West Irian was placed under Indonesian administration on May 1, 1963.

Wilayah Persekutuan (1979-)

Stamp-issuing status: active; Population: 937,875. Federal territories (as distinct from the states) of Malaysia, comprising the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since 1974, and the island of Labuan beginning in 1984. Issues for use in these territories, but uninscribed as such, were produced in 1979 and 1983-84. The first purpose-inscribed stamps did not appear until late 1986.

Wilkomir (Ukmerge) (1941)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. A city in central Lithuania. During the early months of the German occupation during World War II, five different overprinted Russian stamps were used in the area.

Wosnessensk (1942)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. A city in the southern Ukraine. During World War II, a provisional issue of two stamps was made by the German military commander.

Wrangel Issues (1902-21)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive. The last major White Russian (anti-Soviet) commander during the Russian Civil War, Baron Peter Wrangel, was forced to evacuate his forces and followers to refugee camps in Turkey and the Balkans in 1920. Stamps of Russia, Russian Offices in Turkey, South Russia and the Ukraine were overprinted for use in these camps. Over 300 different stamps were issued. They have been extensively counterfeited.

Wurttemberg (1851-1923)

Stamp-issuing status: inactive; Population: 2.58 million. Former kingdom in southern Germany. Wurttemberg joined the German Empire in 1870. Its regular issues were replaced by those of Germany in 1902, although its official issues continued in use until 1923.

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