Moldova remains at a stalemate. The former Soviet republic is split into two regions, with most of the country controlled by the government and a small slice of land controlled by rebel separatists. Neither side possesses the political drive to end the division. Another faction is demanding that the country once again become part of its neighbor Romania, as it was before World War II.

Life in Moldova is hard and gritty, but it is changing. It is not as gloomy as it was after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and citizens maintain a good attitude about their modest way of life. The transition to an open economy has been difficult, but few people support a return to communism. Moldova is far less developed than many other Eastern European countries in terms of public transportation, tourism and even cultural identity, but it can still be a fascinating place for travelers who enjoy sightseeing off the beaten path.

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