BC: Sources: www.noodls.com/view/E5C17A512D209806B6AAF857461E72D441EB5A56 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakhstan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakhs www.caspionet.kz/eng/population/Cached
1: It has an area of 1,000,000 sq mile. It is the 9th largest country, and the largest landlocked country. It's located mainly in Asia, it is also locate west of the Urals in Eastern Europe. | The terrain extends west to east from the Caspian Sea to the Altay Mountains. North to South from the plains of Western Siberia, to the oasis and desserts of Central Asia. Important rivers and lakes include: the Aral Sea, Ili River, Irtysh River, Ishim River, Ural River, Syr Darya, Charyn River and gorge, Lake Balkhash and Lake Zaysan. The climate is continental, with warm summers and cold winters. Precipitation ranges from arid too semi-arid.
2: Kazakhstan is officially a Unitary Republic. There is a Chancellor, Three Prime Ministers, sixteen ministers in the Cabinet of Ministers. | There is a bicameral Parliament that is made of the Lower House (the Majilis) and the Upper House (The Senate). With the two houses they still are a unicameral federal republic. | The Senate has 47 members. Two Senators are elected by each of the elected assemblies of their 16 principal administrative divisions
3: The Kazakhs, as they are called, are a Turkic people. They are descended from Turkic tribes- Argyns, Khazars, Qarluqs; and of the Kipchaks and Cumans (the Kipchaks and Cumans being one of their major ancestors), Mongolic groups (Kiyat, Dughlat, Naimans, Kerait, Onggirat, Manghud, Jalayir) and other tribes such as the Kankalis, and ancient Iranic nomads like the Sarmatians, Saka and Scythians. A popular instrument is the Dombra, a pluked lute with two strings. Another instrument is the Kobyz. The first female classical composer is Gaziza Zhubanova. A notable singer of the Soviet epoch is Roza Rymbaeva, she was a star of the trans-Soviet-Union scale. A notable Kazakh rock band is Urker, performing in the genre of ethno-rock, which synthesises rock music with the traditional Kazakh music. Islam is the most popular religion, though they have over 3 thousand religions.
4: The population of Kazakhstan is over 16,597,638 people.
5: A military delegation from The Republic of Kazakhstan, was led by Gen. Col. Saken A. Zhasuzakov. He is the first deputy minister of defense and the chairman of that nations' chief of staff committee. They visited Fort Bragg, NC on January 8-9. They got a first-hand look at latest combat, medical, and technical communications training and technology. They visited memorials to fallen soldiers, saw Soldiers and Army Family facilities. They also received command updates from the U.S. Army Forces Command, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division and Womack Army Medical Center.