In the latest chapter of Those Wacky Tyrants!, we visit our perennial favorite god-king, Turkmenbashi of Turkmenistan (Turkmenbashi means “Turkmen leader high on paint fumes” in Turkmen), who has decreed that his people will build him… a FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE!
“Let us build a palace of ice,” said President Niyazov, “big and grand enough for 1,000 people.” The palace will stand in the mountains just outside the capital, Ashgabat.
Turkmenistan is in the middle of the Gobi desert.
Just in case you think I’m making this up, the BBC has the story. Tune in next week when we get rave dance tips from Fidel Castro on Those Wacky Tyrants!