The republic is located in the North Caucasus. The northern part of the republic is situated in the Stavropol Plain. 22% of the republic's territory is covered by forests. Borders are internal: Kabardino-Balkar Republic (W/NW/N), Stavropol Krai (N), Chechen Republic (NE/E), Republic of Ingushetia (E/SE) international: Georgia (including South Ossetia) (SE/S/SW). The dissolution of the Soviet Union posed particular problems for the Ossetian people, who were divided between North Ossetia, which was part of the Russian SFSR, and South Ossetia, part of the Georgian SSR. In December 1990, the Supreme Soviet of Georgia abolished the autonomous Ossetian enclave amid the rising ethnic tensions in the region, and much of the population fled across the border to North Ossetia or Georgia proper. Some 70,000 South Ossetian refugees were resettled in North Ossetia, sparking clashes with the predominantly Ingush population in the Prigorodny District. That led to the Ossetian–Ingush conflict.
One of the most awaited cover reached in my hand from the Republic of North Ossetia Alania. This is my 16th Russian Federal Subject. I decided to collect covers from all Russian federal regions, hope will complete one day. This perfectly postmarked cover sent by Elizabeth from Vladikavkaz, she specially instructed to affic the postmark which to show 'Vladikavkaz' name on the cover. That is the capital city of the Republic. The cover posted on September 15,2015, received in my hand on 13 October 2015. Thank You very much Elizabeth for the treasure item into my cover collection.