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Albania "propaganda?" stamps

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    Posted: 10 November 2019 at 01:35
Think these were a propaganda issue by a faction in Albania, possibly after WWI.

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I came upon these a while back, so researched it up, and here is what I discovered:


During the Balkan Wars, Albania became independent & Mirdita was included in the new country. Prenk Bib Doda, with hopes of claiming the Albanian throne, gave support to the government of Ismail Qemali in Vlorë. After World War 1, Doda was assassinated in 1919 & as he was childless, a relative Marka Gjoni claimed the position of kapedan. Many of the Mirdita leaders refused to acknowledge him & he lacked popularity among the tribe due to cowardice during the war. By 1921 Marka Gjoni received money from Belgrade & rebelled against the new Muslim Albanian government & he declared the Mirdita Republic at Prizren in Yugoslav territory on 17 July 1921. Recognised by Greece & supported by Yugoslavia, the new state was put down by Albanian troops on 20 November 1921. Marka Gjoni fled to Yugoslavia but after some time he was allowed to return to Albania & in Mirdita was active in local affairs for a few years before his death.

His son Gjon Markagjoni became the next kapedan and reached an understanding with the Albanian state, later being given prominent government ministries to lead. During World War 2, he collaborated with Italian & later German military forces occupying Albania & by 1944 fled to Italy. His son became the next kapedan & with his Mirdita fighters later fled to the Luma region continuing an anti-communist struggle. In early 1946 he was killed in his sleep by his brother in law hoping for a reprieve from communist forces who in turn was killed by Marka's brother. Marka's son, Gjon Markagjoni (1938-2003) spent his years in a communist internment camp, as did other members of the Gjonmarkaj family. With the collapse of communism in Albania (1992), the position of Prince of Mirdita or kapedan has become a memory of a long ago past.

Here is a complete collection comprising all the stamps of the Mirdita Republic. The top 3 rows are the definitive set showing the double-head eagle emblem, while the bottom 2 rows are the "Postage Due" overprints. All have Orosh cancels.
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Thank you very much for this information
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