The Central African Empire (Empire Centrafricain) was the name of the short-lived, self-declared autocratic monarchy that replaced the Central African Republic and was, in turn, replaced by the restoration of the republic. The Empire was formed when Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President of the republic, declared himself Emperor Bokassa I on December 4, 1976. Bokassa spent the equivalent of over 20 million United States dollars, a quarter of the country's annual income, on his coronation ceremony. The monarchy was abolished and the name "Central African Republic" was restored in September 20, 1979 when Bokassa was ousted in a French-backed coup d'état.
Throughout the Empire's history the national flag remained unaltered, although there was an imperial flag for Bokassa's personal use.
Moreover, it was asserted that many of these stamps were not truly needed for internal or international postage, and were mainly issued for sale to collectors and generating foreign currency income.
The currency of the Empire was almost the same as that of the previous state, replacing the text "Republique Centrafricaine," with "Empire Centrafricain".