Following the tumultuous years of World War II, The Soviet Union had to quench its insatiable thirst for oil.  As the Northern oil fields in Siberia were undiscovered at this time, the former Soviet Empire looked towards the Caspian sea and its deposits which, sadly, were no where near the shoreline.  What was the country to do?

The Soviet Union did what the Soviet Union always did and thought big and built big -- it actually built a fully functioning oil city 25 miles from the coast in the middle of the sea.  This city featured apartments, schools, and homes with green grass!

In later years, the city was semi-abandoned due to the discovery of the Siberian oil fields, but some reported 2,000 people still live in this engineering marvel in the middle of the Caspian Sea.

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