The dictionary definition of dystopia is as follows: an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
Based on what we have learned about the leader, Niyazov, living conditions, and typical daily life in Turkmenistan, we have concluded that is indeed, a dystopia
- The previous leader, Niyazov was a strong totalitarian leader. He forced his rules and decrees on his people, while they suffered. I don't know any other leader who would spend $12 million on a golden statue, while his people suffered in poverty.
- Nothing in Turkmenistans seems to have anything positive for it, except for their huge amounts of oil. Schools, jobs, and homes are all run down and poorly kept for, because of the finical situation of the country.