Is Tazbekistan actually a real country?

Question: Is Tazbekistan, where the TV series Ambassadors is set, actually a real country?

Answer: The Central Asian Republic of Tazbekistan is in fact a fictional country, created purely for the show.

Speaking to the BBC, Ambassadors co-writer James Wood stated “We came up with a country called Tazbekistan, which is probably sort of near the Caucasus. It’s a little bit Uzbek, a little bit Kazak, a little bit Turkmenistan.”

Fellow series co-writer Rupert Walters added “It’s got bits of a lot of countries in it.”

When coming up with the name Tazbekistan, the writers clearly aimed to come up with something that sounded believable and like a real country, which they appeared to have done. Though with all the ‘stans’ in that region of Central Asia, it wasn’t too difficult. It’s basically Uzbekistan, just with Ta replacing the U.

Whether the creation of a fictional republic was to allow greater writing and filming freedom, or to help distance the show from any real world people or events, will likely depend on who you talk to.

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  3 comments for “Is Tazbekistan actually a real country?

  1. daverih
    Friday 8 November, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    If you look at the map of Tazbekstan the country outline it looks very much like Belgium:)

  2. -
    Monday 28 October, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    tazbekistan is the go-to bbc name when they need to invent a central asian country, they used it twice before, for example in the series spooks

    • Monday 28 October, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Yes that does appear to be the case, or slight variations of it. I believe in Spooks they spelled it Tazbekstan.

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