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An analysis of the imagery on postage stamps suggests that regimes in Burkina Faso and Sudan have pursued very different strategies in representing the nation. Sudan's stamps focus on the political center and dominant elite (current regime, Khartoum politicians, and Arab and Islamic identity) while Burkina Faso's stamps focus on society (artists, multiple ethnic groups, and development). Sudan's stamps build an image of the nation as being about the northern-dominated regime in Khartoum (whether military or parliamentary); Burkina Faso's stamps project an image of the nation as multi-ethnic and development-oriented.
Kevane, Michael, Official Representations of the Nation: Comparing the Postage Stamps of Sudan and Burkina Faso (August 20, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1115505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1115505