|Land Area||1,553,556 km2|
|Water Area||10,560 km2|
|Total Area||1,564,116km2 (#18)|
|Government Type||Semi-presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$37.00 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$12,200|
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From the Gobi Desert areas of the south, Mongolia rises into a grass-covered and generally treeless plain (steppe), punctuated by three mountain ranges.
The highest point, Nayramadlin Orgil at 14,350 ft. (4,374 m), is found in the rugged Atlay Mountains of the west. Overall the country has an average elevation near 5,183 ft., (1,580 m); Hoh Nuur at 1,699 ft. (518 m) is the lowest point of the country.
Hovsgol Nuur, one of Asia's largest freshwater lakes is located on its border with the Russian Federation. In addition to being the largest, Hovsgol Nuur is also the second-most voluminous in Asia, and contains nearly 70% of Mongolia's fresh water.
The northern reaches of the country are replete with meandering rivers, thousands of small lakes, marshes and glaciers.
Mongolia, in the west and north, experiences frequent earthquakes, although volcanoes here are considered extinct.
What is a Puppet Government?
A "puppet state" is a government that has little will of its own, as it needs financial backing or military support. Thus, it acts an a subordinate to another power in exchange for its own survival. The puppet government still holds its own facade of an identity, perpetuated by retaining its own flag, name, national anthem, law, and constitution. However, these type of governments are not considered as legitimate according to international law.