Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1989 by the Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw


Burma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burmese: Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw), is a country in South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. One-third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. At 676,578 km², it is the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Burma is also the 24th most populous country in the world with over 60.28 million people. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 4.94, Rank: 153, Personal Freedom: 4.48, Economic Freedom: 5.39, Democracy Index: 3.3
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 5.39, Rank: 148
Myanmar | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 28, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
"Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won an overwhelming victory in November 2015 parliamentary elections, and the ruling Union and Solidarity Development Party (USDP) accepted the results, setting the stage for the peaceful formation of a new government in early 2016. However, military appointees would retain 25 percent of the seats in both houses, and as many as 1 million people—most of them from the ethnic Rohingya minority—were disenfranchised, having been excluded from the voter list ahead of the elections."


Orwell, George (1903-1950), by David Ramsay Steele, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"Administratively, Burma was then part of India, and Blair was assigned to the Burmese police, where he served for 5 years. Home on leave in 1927, he abruptly resigned his position in Burma and announced his intention of becoming a writer. ... In 1934, Orwell published his powerful novel Burmese Days, which, like his previous work, was not an immediate success. It is difficult to be certain of Orwell's precise political views prior to 1936. For example, Burmese Days is fiercely anti-empire, but we do not know exactly how Orwell's attitudes toward the empire evolved during his stint in Burma and immediately afterward."
Related Topics: George Orwell, Spain, World War II