Tajikistan is one of the 5 Central Asian Republics created in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. While it shares many of the problems of the other states, it is the poorest and the most unstable. Blessed (or cursed) with a mountainous geography, it has limited arable land and much of that land has been used exclusively to produce cotton for the Soviet market. Unlike the other 4 Republics, Tajikistan has had an unstable political situation, fighting constant civil wars after independence. Moreover, it has had the involvement of Islam in its politics and the other states refused its entry into their collective "common market" because of its instability. For more information on Tajikistan, please click on the above buttons.