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If you had a huge ego and your own country, what would you do?

I’ve always loved this:

Saparmurat Niyazov, the late totalitarian leader of Turkmenistan, updated the old Soviet aesthetic with a little bit of Las Vegas excess. In 1998, he ordered the construction of this gold-plated statue of himself, which was placed at the top of a 244-foot tower in the center of the capital city of Ashgabat.  As if that weren’t enough, the statue rotated throughout the day so that it was always facing the sun. [Gotta pay attention to the details!] The statue was the crowning achievement of Niyazov’s attempt to establish a personality cult around himself that included renaming the months of the year after members of his family and replacing the Quran with the Ruhnama, a book of spiritual lessons written by him. After his death, the statue was taken from its perch and moved to a nearby suburb.