Places That Don’t Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Places That Don’t Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Posted On: February 9, 2012
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Holidays in the Danger Zone: Places That Don’t Exist is a five-part BBC Four series on breakaway states andtrans Places That Dont Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan trans Places That Dont Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan trans Places That Dont Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan unrecognised nations, devisedtrans Places That Dont Exist: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan , written and presented by Simon Reeve. The series producer was Will Daws. The producer was Iain Overton.

The series took the team to little-known parts of the world including Somaliland, recognised as part of Somalia; Transnistria of Moldova; Taiwan; Nagorno-Karabakh, of Armenia and Azerbaijan; Ajaria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, all recognized by the United Kingdom as parts of Georgia. (Despite a regional crisis in 2004, Adjara is now under the full control of Georgia)

There are almost 200 official countries in the world. But there are dozens more breakaway states which are determined to be separate and independent.

The breakaway states have their own rulers, parliaments or warlords, and are home to millions of people, but they’re not officially recognised as proper countries by the rest of the world. Several have their own armies and police forces, and issue passports and even postage stamps which the rest of the world ignores. All of the breakaway states have declared independence after violent struggles with a neighbouring state.

Some now survive peacefully, but others are a magnet for terrorists and weapons smuggling, and have armies ready for a fight. Several could be at the centre of future wars which threaten their regions and the wider world.