Central Asia

Central Asia is a rugged, arid region, historically coveted for its position between and with the legendary Silk Route, rather than for its resources, although petroleum, natural gas and mineral reserves have become more important in modern times.

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has been the capital of since about 1776. Photo: SiarFisher, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is the largest of the states of the former Soviet Union apart from itself, and it dwarfs the other countries of Central Asia. Photo: Анддрей Касаткин, CC BY 2.0.

is a landlocked country of mountains and valleys in the heart of . Photo: afgmatters, CC BY 2.0.

has the largest population among all the Central Asian countries, and a heritage of the Silk Road. Photo: dalbera, CC BY 2.0.


is a country in Central Asia. The government is in firm control of nearly everything, although, surprisingly, tourism is welcomed as long as you don't discuss politics or the omnipresent police or military. Photo: Rastapopulous, CC BY-SA 3.0.

, formally the Kyrgyz Republic, is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is a landlocked country on the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The , what once was the fourth largest inland body of water in the world, and now more aptly dubbed Aralkum, is in Central Asia, divided between and . Photo: Antonov14, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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