On December 23, 1990, 88% of Slovenia's population voted for independence in a plebiscite, and on June 25, 1991, the Republic of Slovenia declared its independence. On June 26, 1991 Croatia and Slovenia recognized each other as independent states.
A 11-day war with Yugoslavia followed (June 26, 1991 - July 6, 1991). The Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) forces withdrew after Slovenia demonstrated stiff resistance to Belgrade. The conflict resulted in relatively few casualties: 67 people were killed according to statistics compiled by the International Red Cross, of which most (39) were JNA soldiers.
On 26.6.1991 was issued the first true Slovenian stamp:
on 26.12.1991 were issued stamps with coat of arms motive:
This stamp as you can see is printed with an error. It is from year 1919 and it was issued for Slovenia with a motiv of god Eros. Nominal value is 2 kronas and it was printed in Ljubljana.
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The State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs was a short-lived state formed from the southernmost parts of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. It was formed on 29th October 1918. The State did not obtain international diplomatic recognition before it ceased to exist. On 1st December 1918, the National Council joined the state with the Kingdom of Serbia (which had just taken the Kingdom of Montenegro within its borders) to form the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes
"The Serbs referred to in the state's name were those resident in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia-Slavonia (including Syrmia), and Dalmatia (including Boka Kotorska and Montenegrin Littoral up to Spič near Bar), not the population of the Kingdom of Serbia (which included the territory of the present-day Republic of Macedonia), nor the Serbs in Kingdom of Montenegro and Vojvodina region (including Banat, Bačka and Baranya) as those teritories were not included in the short lived state."
Even though the State of SHS existed only for 33 days Slovenes got their first national stamps called verigarji or (eng.) chainbreakers. These stamps were used in the whole state not just in Slovenia.
Motives were drawn by an Slovenian artist Ivan Vavpotič. Motive on these stamps is a slave who is breaking his chains, This represents Slovene people getting free from the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. These motive is on stamps for 3 to 40 vinars. Motive on stamps with nominal value of 50 to 60 vianrs is a woman with three hawks represanting Yugoslavia and on the stamps with nominal value of 1 and 2 kronas is god of peace with palm branch over sculls and ruins which were consequence of WW1. On stamps with nominal value of 5 to 20 kronas is a motive of King Peter I.
Here are some stamps from Chainbreakers issue from my collection.
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