On Kazakhstan

In Soviet Union, Country Separates From You!

Whilst perusing The Wikipedia the other day, I discovered an interesting fact about the Central Asian republic and noted anti-Hobbite, Kazakhstan.

On December 16th, 1991, the Republic of Kazakhstan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.  It was the last Soviet Republic to do so.  Think about that for a second.

You might be saying to yourself, “Wow, I guess they were really in no rush to leave Mother Russia.”  Well, even Russia declared its independence from the Union before Kazakhstan. In fact, there were four whole days when Kazakhstan was the Soviet Union all by itself.

The Politburo’s meetings must’ve been rather interesting.  I like to imagine a lone apparatchik in a grim office building somewhere on the steppes softly whimpering, “Guys?  Hello? Where’d everybody go?  Really, Belarus, you too? Aw c’mon, we can work it out…”  Kinda sad really.

That is all.

Actually, wait.  Speaking of Kazakhstan, how about that Aral Sea?  Check this out:

The Aral Sea in 1989 when it was a just a wee bit smaller than Lake Superior:


The Aral Sea today:


I know it’s old news and all, but that shit’s still fucked.


~ by Isaac Bickerstaff on September 24, 2009.

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