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In a military occupation, the occupying country takes control of the occupied territory's governmental apparatus, typically including the postal service. The occupier may either continue to allow the occupied's stamps on mail, or issue new stamps of its own; the occupier's own stamps cannot usually be used as-is, since they will be in a different currency, and the range of values will not reflect the occupied's postal rates.

Philatelically, occupations of country X by country Y are normally grouped with X rather than Y.

In StampData, each occupation is its own distinct type of issuer, with a type of "occupation". The occupation's main country is the original country being occupied, while the occupier has the property "occupier". Occupations are sorted to be listed after the occupied issuer.

In some cases, such as the Japanese occupation of China, an occupation may have sub-issuers, for instance Chinese provinces like Hopei and Hupeh.