Territory in northwest South America, ruled since 2008 by the República del Ecuador


Ecuador - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador, which literally translates to the Republic of the Equator) is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres west of the mainland. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Ecuador | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 59, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"In December 2015, Ecuador's National Assembly, dominated by President Rafael Correa's ruling Alianza PAIS, approved a series of constitutional amendments that included the removal of term limits for all elected officials, among other measures. The amendments drew national protests throughout the year. The government has increasingly cracked down on social media and other internet activity, leading some online outlets to disable public comment sections out of fear of reprisal."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.60, Rank: 97, Personal Freedom: 7.43, Economic Freedom: 5.76, Democracy Index: 5.57
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 5.76, Rank: 142