Kyrgyzstan - Encyclopedia Information
Official name Kyrgyz Republic
Formation 1991 / 1991
Population 5.6 million / 73 people per sq mile (28 people per sq km)
Total area 76,641 sq. miles (198,500 sq. km)
Languages Kyrgyz*, Russian*, Uzbek, Tatar, Ukrainian
Religions Muslim (mainly Sunni) 70%, Orthodox Christian 30%
Ethnic mix Kyrgyz 69%, Uzbek 14%, Russian 9%, Other 6%, Uighur 1%, Dungan 1%
Government Transitional regime
Currency Som = 100 tyiyn
Literacy rate 99%
Calorie consumption 2672 kilocalories
We’ve never really invaded Kyrgyzstan, though we have had the chance to get involved here.
A territory called the Khanate of Khokand, which incorporated parts of what is now Kyrgyzstan, lay sandwiched between expanding spheres of Russian and British influence during the so-called Great Game of the nineteenth century.
In 1864, the Russians made their first move on the region, seizing a bit of the Khan’s northern territories. The Khan begged us for military assistance, but we decided we weren’t interested at that stage. By 1876, even if we had been interested, it was too late. The Khanate of Khokand had been abolished and the area absorbed into the Russian Empire.