🇲🇻 The multi-postal administration new issue service, WOPA, a division of the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau Ltd., has announced that the stamp issues of "Maldives" will now be available through the agency's good offices. Up until now WOPA has always dealt with respectable, almost entirely European, postal administrations so including the "stamps" of Maldives among the products with which it deals is a new departure for it in many ways.
Unlike most of the postal administrations which use WOPA's services, Maldives Post is not named by WOPA as being a client so one can only presume that these products are actually coming straight from Stamperija possibly the most despised of philatelic agencies among collectors of new issues.
WOPA has issues from 2015 and 2016 which are inscribed "Maldives" listed on its website and these number 69 issues for 2015 and 91 for 2016 - a grand total of 150, most of which have little or no relevance in subject matter to the Indian Ocean republic whose name is printed on the items. I do not think that a newly joining territory has ever had so many "issues" for sale on the WOPA site before. As these probably come straight from Stamperija one must speculate as to whether Stamperija's other client postal administrations will also soon feature on the WOPA site - the likes of Guinea Bissau, Solomon Islands, St. Thomas and Prince, Mozambique and Togo.
This will do nothing for WOPA's reputation and is probably an attempt by Stamperija to improve its reputation by having its products sold through a previously reputable organisation. This is a bad move by WOPA - if you lie down with dogs you're bound to catch fleas.