Take an envelope, place a letter inside, put a 3 cent stamp on it, address it to someone "outside of the United States" which means any of the 50 states, and not in Washington D.C., any military base, any federal zone, NO ZIP CODES
Here is an example address
3521 Fort Street
your return address should not contain a zip code either.
The last thing you need to do is write:
First Class Non Domestic
bk.12 Statutes At Large
Chapter 71 section 23
37th. Congress Session 111
If you use a zip code or 2 letter abbreviated state, IT WILL BE RETURNED...
Ive tried this many times over the past months to trouble shoot it,
I purposefully used zip codes on some, and ALL were returned, I used 2 letter state abbreviations on some, and all were returned.
For larger packages the rate is 3 cents per 1/2 oz. in addition to the original 3 cents (i believe)
Send a letter to your friend today, THEN tell me this is not true.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Because, this will prove to many nay-sayers:
1) that the zipcode "makes" your address a federal zone.
2) that the 2 letter abbreviation is seen as a "federal State"
3) That the post office is a corporation and is tricking the average American into using 42 cent stamps, when only a 3 cent stamp is required.
4) That all 50 states are "without the United States".
5) And that common knowledge of government is OFTEN misunderstood.
6) that the "United States" can mean the "federal Government"