State theatre, Abkhazia. A tiny enclave on the Black Sea, Abkhazia today stands in the wreckage left by the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of 1992–1993. It is subject to an economic blockade as a direct result of the most recent conflict in August 2008. In its present state it exists in limbo, with no visible reconstruction, nor are there outward signs that Abkhazia either approves or disapproves of its most recent patron and annexer — Moscow. The light holiday air, causes its infrequent visitors to describe Abkhazia as a dream. But if it’s a dream, it’s a dream of others. Fought for since the 9th century BC, Abkhazia has previously fallen prisoner to the Byzantine Empire, Grecian trading ambitions, the Roman Empire, an Arab incursion of the Ottoman Empire, and the communist rule of the Soviet Union.