The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas, officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.
Measures of Freedom
2014: 6.53, Rank: 101, Personal Freedom: 6.05, Economic Freedom: 7.01, Democracy Index: 6.19
2014: 7.01, Rank: 80
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 65, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
Revised text of the "Messianic Democracy" chapter of Attention Deficit Democracy with additional parallels to George W. Bush
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