The belt of Countries between India, Russia, China and the Caspian Sea. Known for containing an unusual concentration of heroin, oil, bad soviet suits, Stalin wannabees, religious fanatics, rusted out hulks of Aeroflot planes, and hapless young marines from New Jersey who would really rather be somewhere else.
Marine #1: I get to spend my next tour in the DMZ. Man, I can't wait; fine Korean food, finer Korean women! Where are you going after basic?
Marine #2: Man, they're sending me to the stans.
Marine #1: I told you not to hit on the gunny's daughter.