Central Asia

Central Asia consists of east of the Caspian Sea. The region has no exact boundaries, but is usually considered to include the former Soviet republics, and ; also known as "the -stans".

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

is the largest of the former 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.

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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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