Uzbekistan Capital: Tashkent Currency: Uzbekistani som President: Islam Karimov Population: 29,341,200 (80% Uzbek) (5% Russian + 15% other) Official language: Uzbek Government: Presidential system, Republic Location: Central Asia, north of Turkmenistan, south of Kazakhstan
The seat is currently vacant. This seat provides you with the chance to portray an authoritarian nation that is in dispute with its neighbouring nations over limited water supplies whilst also desiring to move towards greater relations with Russia.
Independent of the Soviet Union since 1991, has a system of authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch and there are no significant opposition political parties
Politics influenced heavily by the 88% Muslim (mostly Sunni) population
Has been developing its mineral and petroleum reserves Uzbekistan has seen few effects from the global economic downturn, primarily due to its relative isolation from the global financial markets.
Extension of state control over business, closing of borders and currency controls have stifled economic growth
• Terrorist Islamic militants • Economic stagnation • Curtailment of human rights and democratization. • Child labour in its annual cotton harvest • Has various disputes with Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan over its water supplies (being a double land-locked country) • Source of Human trafficking
Uzbekistan seeks to re-join the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Eurasian Economic Community (EurASEC) (both largely dominated by Russia).