Territory in northwest Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Sakartvelo
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  • Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო, tr. Sakartvelo) is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres and its 2015 population is about 3.75 million. Georgia is a unitary, semi-presidential republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy.

    Measures of Freedom

    Georgia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
    2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 64, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
    "Rule of law conditions in Georgia showed signs of improvement in 2015, with a landmark Constitutional Court decision in September against the power of prosecutors to extend pretrial detentions past the constitutionally mandated nine-month limit. However, a number of other developments called into question the strength of the country's democratic institutions."
    Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
    2014: 7.82, Rank: 43, Personal Freedom: 7.67, Economic Freedom: 7.98, Democracy Index: 5.81
    Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
    2014: 7.98, Rank: 5

    Articles

    War in Georgia Shows U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Bust, by Sheldon Richman, 15 Aug 2008
    Examines how NATO and the U.S. implicitly encouraged the Georgian president to suppress secessionists in South Ossetia
    "Georgia has been angling for membership in NATO for years. President Mikheil Saakashvili's Russian policy was nothing short of a pro-American in-your-face policy strategy. The Bush administration encouraged it by training and equipping the Georgian military. All of this stirred Russian suspicions about U.S. objectives in its 'backyard.' In return, Georgia sent troops to assist in America's misguided mission in Iraq."
    It Came From Washington: A Criminally Insane Government, by Paul Craig Roberts, 1 Jul 2012
    Examines U.S. government adversarial actions towards Russia and China
    "Washington even attempted to install a Washington-controlled government in Ukraine and did succeed in this effort in former Soviet Georgia, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. The President of Georgia, a country located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, is a Washington puppet. Recently, he announced that former Soviet Georgia is on schedule to become a NATO member in 2014."
    Related Topics: Militarism, China, Pacific Ocean, Syria
    NewThe Libertarian Student Movement, by Wolf von Laer, Aaron Powell, Caleb Brown, Free Thoughts, 17 Feb 2017
    Interview with Wolf von Laer, CEO of Students for Liberty, to discuss the status of the liberty movement on college campuses
    "Georgia, the country, is also very strong. And I was blown away by that when I read a report. So each time, when they organize something, they write an after-action report. And they wrote 15 pages. They had 500 people there for a one-day event. They have been on a campus tour before to tell other people about it. They have been on television before this talking about the event. They had Subway there, Coca-Cola, all kinds of corporate sponsors there. And they raised all their own money for this event ..."

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