There are deep, common roots shared by the seven nations whose formally-recognized name ends with the four letters, stan. For our purposes, these countries will herein be known as the Seven-Stan nations or 7-Stan countries. The end root, stan, of course, means land or place. Yet, quite unlike England-Ireland-Scotland, or Finland-Greenland-Iceland-Poland, or Swaziland, or Switzerland, or Thailand, the seven-stan nations share a deep history that involves well over 20 centuries of trading routes. The most recent was referred to as the Silk Road.
When we think of silk, we think of elegance and fashion. We think of travel, education, and culture. We think about the finer side of our beingness.
|Thinking about some of our shared goals as human beings, we began to consider the very symbolic roles of the First Ladies of our nations. The First Ladies of these Seven-STAN countries have special challenges. On top of their historical, religious, and cultural challenges, we are asking for even more. We want them all to be symbols of the epitome of their culture, education, fashion, and tourism-and-travel.
Our Seven-STAN First Ladies are:
Seven-STAN. The letters — S, T, A, N — are being examined to develop a meaningful acronym. For example, to date, Strategic Transnational Alliance of Nations, has emerged. Perhaps, there is a better acronym that will eventually be suggested. Perhaps it will begin with the word, Silk, i.e. Silk Trade-Alliance of Nations.
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A second goal could be a focus on education with an emphasis on a vision of the future that places all seven nations on a path that encourages collaborations, diversity, and shared wisdom among all people. How do we understand the meaning and value of life?
To that end, the links to letters (emails and tweets) to current First Ladies of the Seven-Stan Countries can be found in each country’s reference page. All these pages are dynamic and will be updated as time allows and events unfold.
1. An excellent resource to translate a page by its URL:
2. http://novastan.org is an online periodical that covers:
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and the
Uyghur region, a provincial-level, autonomous region in the northwest part of China.
3. This link embedded above within Global Voices, goes to a fascinating story about several of the first ladies within the Seven-Stan countries. Written by Anna Fergana, she captures the problems of leadership when we do not share simple human values, especially respect for others, whereby continuity, symmetry and harmony become the penultimate guides for personal behavior.
4. Just a few Seven-STAN numbers: Land Area, Population, GDP, New-Business Starts
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