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Territory in northwest Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Sakartvelo

Georgia is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and West Asia. It is a part of the Caucasus region, bounded by the Black Sea to the west, Russia to the north and northeast, Turkey to the southwest, Armenia to the south and Azerbaijan to the southeast. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometers. It has a population of 3.7 million of which over a third live in the capital and largest city, Tbilisi. Georgians, who are indigenous to the region, constitute a majority and a titular nation in Georgia. Georgia has been inhabited since prehistoric times, hosting the world's earliest known sites of winemaking, gold mining and textiles.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 42° N — Longitude: 43.5° E

Area: 69,700 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: GE

Measures of Freedom

UpdEconomic Freedom Summary Index, Economic Freedom of the World, 19 Sep 2023
2021: 7.71, Rank: 25
UpdGeorgia: Freedom in the World 2024 Country Report, Freedom in the World 2024
2024: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 58/100, Political Rights: 22/40, Civil Liberties: 36/60
Georgia holds regular competitive elections and hosts lively media and civil society sectors. However, oligarchic influence affects the country's political affairs, and opposition figures have faced physical attacks. Corruption in government persists and media freedom is undermined by intimidation and pressure against journalists. Executive and legislative interference in the courts remains a substantial problem, as does a lack of transparency and professionalism surrounding judicial proceedings.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2023: A Global Measurement of Personal, Civil, and Economic Freedom
2021: 7.80, Rank: 42, Personal freedom: 7.87, Economic freedom: 7.71

Articles

I Resign From the Mont Pelerin Society, by Paul Craig Roberts, 21 Aug 2008
Explains Roberts' rationale for resigning from the Mont Pelerin Society, prompted in particular by events in South Ossetia
South Ossetia has been autonomous since the early 1990s from which date Russian and Georgian peacekeepers have been [there]. The US puppet president of Georgia attacked S. Ossetian civilians with his American and Israeli trained and equipped army, killing about 2,000 and driving 30,000 into Russia, and the Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons upon the Russian peacekeepers. The American puppet, installed by the neocon National Endowment for Democracy, committed this war crime ... to end the separatist movement in order to smooth Georgia's entrance into NATO.
UpdIt Came From Washington, by Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch, 29 Jun 2012
Examines U.S. government adversarial actions towards Russia and China through NATO, in the Middle East and in the Pacific
The process of surrounding Russia with military bases continued unabated ... with various "color revolutions" ... Washington even attempted to install a Washington-controlled government ... and did succeed ... 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 ... What is the purpose of Georgia being a NATO member except to give Washington a military base on the Russian underbelly?
UpdWar 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 Mikheil Saakashvili to suppress secessionists in South Ossetia
The tragic events in the nation of Georgia show that U.S. foreign policy is a bust ... 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." ... The immediate cause of the recent clash was Georgia's violent move to put down separatist activity in South Ossetia, one of two ... areas with sympathies toward Russia.
Related Topic: Russia

Podcasts

UpdThe Libertarian Student Movement, by Wolf von Laer, Aaron Ross Powell (host), Caleb Brown (host), 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
Wolf von Laer: ... 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, so we didn't have to pay one dollar of the money that we are raising ...

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Georgia (country)" as of 12 May 2024, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.