Georgia (Republic of Georgia)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01

Georgia
Republic of Georgia
StatusIndependent State
CapitalTbilisi
Land Area1 69 490 km2
LocationAsia, Europe
Population24.304 million
Life Expectancy373.934yrs (2012)
GNI3$5 005
ISO3166-1 Codes4GE, GEO, 268
Internet Domain5.ge
Currency6Lari (GEL)
Telephone7+995

1. Overview

The region of present day Georgia contained the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia. The area came under Roman influence in the first centuries A.D., and Christianity became the state religion in the 330s. Domination by Persians, Arabs, and Turks was followed by a Georgian golden age (11th-13th centuries) that was cut short by the Mongol invasion of 1236. Subsequently, the Ottoman and Persian empires competed for influence in the region. Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1921 and regained its independence when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. Mounting public discontent over rampant corruption and ineffective government services, followed by an attempt by the incumbent Georgian Government to manipulate national legislative elections in November 2003 touched off widespread protests that led to the resignation of Eduard SHEVARDNADZE, president since 1995. In the aftermath of that popular movement, which became known as the "Rose Revolution," new elections in early 2004 swept Mikheil SAAKASHVILI into power along with his United National Movement (UNM) party. Progress on market reforms and democratization has been made in the years since independence, but this progress has been complicated by Russian assistance and support to the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Periodic flare-ups in tension and violence culminated in a five-day conflict in August 2008 between Russia and Georgia, including the invasion of large portions of undisputed Georgian territory. Russian troops pledged to pull back from most occupied Georgian territory, but in late August 2008 Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Russian military forces remain in those regions. Billionaire philanthropist Bidzina IVANISHVILI's unexpected entry into politics in October 2011 brought the divided opposition together under his Georgian Dream coalition, which won a majority of seats in the October 2012 parliamentary election and removed UNM from power. A new constitution shifting many powers from the president to the prime minister and parliament, including the power to name the prime minister and government ministers, does not go into effect until after a new president is elected in the fall of 2013. Conceding defeat, SAAKASHVILI named IVANISHVILI as prime minister and allowed Georgian Dream to create a new government. Tensions remain high as IVANISHVILI, SAAKASHVILI, and their supporters struggle to co-exist until the end of the president's term.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2013 Apr 28: The statistical tables and country data are under development. Excuse any oddities. Normally I wouldn't put under-developed pages up, but, there is still enough information here for the pages to be interesting.

2. Georgia National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
72St Kitts & Nevis74.573.5
73Lebanon74.573.7
74Dominica74.571.1
75Georgia74.572.9
76Iran74.257.9
77Peru74.164.5
78Ukraine74.070.0
79Macedonia74.072.6
80Mauritius73.764.1
81Bosnia & Herzegovina73.573.1
82Azerbaijan73.469.9
83St Vincent & Grenadines73.371.5
84Oman73.170.4
q=187. Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Iceland90.7
2Sweden90.2
3Norway89.2
...
70Belarus63.7
71Bosnia & Herzegovina63.5
72Maldives63.1
73Georgia62.5
74Armenia62.4
75Cape Verde62.1
76Kyrgyzstan61.9
77Tunisia61.8
78Fiji61.6
79Belize61.5
80Mongolia61.4
81El Salvador60.7
82Ecuador60.6
83Jordan60.5
q=190. Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues, violence, equality, democracy and freedom, effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and human rights issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2013).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
79Romania74.2
80Turkey74.2
81Saudi Arabia74.1
82Georgia73.9
83Colombia73.9
84Seychelles73.8
85Brazil73.8
86China73.7
q=194. Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
70Bahrain2.5
71Thailand1.5
72Greece1.5
73Georgia1.5
74Switzerland1.5
75Mongolia2.5
76Russia1.5
77Albania1.5
q=180. Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
120Central African Rep.4.576m7
121New Zealand4.461m17
122Croatia4.387m78
123Georgia4.304m62
124Lebanon4.292m420
125Palestine4.271m
126Liberia4.245m44
q=195. Data Source

Georgia's population is predicted to fall to 3 760 000 by 2030, decreasing the burden on the planet's resources. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
23Azerbaijan1921
24Lithuania1921
25Sweden1921
26Georgia1921
27Armenia1921
28Ireland1922
29Mongolia1924
30St Lucia1924
q=187.
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
78Lebanon0.43
79Belize0.43
80Myanmar (Burma)0.44
81Georgia0.44
82El Salvador0.44
83Ecuador0.44
84Morocco0.44
85Brazil0.45
q=148. Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Georgia has made some steps towards ending gender inequality but much more needs to be done.

See:

5. Religion and Beliefs

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
54Zimbabwe4%
55Namibia4%
56Mexico4%
57Georgia4%
58Argentina4%
59Romania4%
60Iran4%
61Uzbekistan4%
q=137. Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
46Venezuela79%
47Costa Rica79%
48Turkmenistan80%
49Georgia81%
50Turkey82%
51Ecuador82%
52Colombia83%
53El Salvador83%
q=114. Data Source

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian88.50%
Muslim10.70%
Hindu< 0.1%
Buddhist< 0.1%
Folk Religion< 0.1%
Jew< 0.1%
Unaffiliated0.70%
Other< 0.1%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 99.3% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true. This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and, do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 99.5% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 81% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Orthodox Christian (official) 83.9%, Muslim 9.9%, Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%, Catholic 0.8%, other 0.8%, none 0.7% (2002 census)10.

Links:

6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
11Brazil27
12Ukraine27
13Kenya29
14Georgia30
15Nigeria33
16Korea, S.34
17Uganda34
18Kyrgyzstan35
q=47. Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
97Vietnam27.85
98Egypt26.74
99Jamaica26.48
100Georgia26.30
101Kenya25.90
102Tuvalu25.00
103Philippines25.00
104Thailand21.20
q=183. Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
109Bhutan$5 246
110Sri Lanka$5 170
111Swaziland$5 104
112Georgia$5 005
113Angola$4 812
114Syria$4 674
115Paraguay$4 497
116Bolivia$4 444
q=187. Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
122Macedonia4.2
123Uganda4.2
124Cambodia4.2
125Georgia4.2
126Sri Lanka4.2
127Ivory Coast4.2
128Niger4.1
129Syria4.1
q=150. Data Source
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
38Romania7.4
39Bahamas7.4
40Armenia7.4
41Georgia7.4
42France7.4
43Belgium7.4
44Costa Rica7.4
45Poland7.3
q=144. Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
55Syria64.6
56Estonia63.8
57Sri Lanka63.7
58Georgia63.6
59USA63.5
60Paraguay63.5
61Brazil63.4
62Poland63.1
q=162. Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
137Burundi2.52
138Myanmar (Burma)2.53
139Zimbabwe2.54
140Georgia2.54
141India2.55
142Yemen2.60
143Colombia2.62
144Chad2.67
q=157. Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
43Poland20
44Honduras20
45Burkina Faso20
46Georgia20
47S. Africa20
48Namibia20
49Slovakia20
50Bulgaria20
q=194. Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands40.5
2Belgium35
3Canada28
...
67Malta2.5
68Costa Rica2.5
69Moldova2.5
70Georgia2.5
71Cyprus2.5
72Guernsey2.5
73Bolivia2.5
74Bosnia & Herzegovina2.5
q=211. Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland100
2Netherlands99.87
3Norway99.82
...
96Liberia70.03
97Mongolia69.98
98Mali69.85
99Georgia69.78
100Lebanon69.7
101Albania68.77
102Maldives68.49
103Uganda67.74
q=178. Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
37Israel95
38Portugal95
39Romania94
40Georgia94
41Kazakhstan94
42Vietnam94
43Armenia94
44Bulgaria93
q=136. Data Source

The following pages mention this country or territory. The 10 most relevant are listed:

Alienation and Dangerous Sexual Deviation: Society's Reaction to Child Abuse Often Makes Things Worse, 5 times, in the following sections:
    2.3. Public Sex Offender Registries and Cheap Journalism

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, 2 times, in these sections:
    1. Overview

Psychosomosis - the Placebo and Nocebo Effects: Curing and Causing Disease with the Mind, 1 times:
    3.2. Somatoform Disorders and Conversion Hysteria

An Intimate Exploration of Furry Fandom, 1 times, in these sections:
    6. Notes on Dr Pepper's Article on Furry: Personas, Masks and Sexuality

Approaching Death: Some Instincts of the Human Animal, 1 times, in these sections:
    2.3. From Coral Reefs to Liquefaction

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/georgia.html

References: (What's this?)

CIA
World Factbook (2013). The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
"What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2013 Nov 07.

Gallup
Religiosity (2009). gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations (2009). Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

United Nations
Human Development Report (2013). This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
Human Development Report (2011). This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011).^
  3. UN (2013).^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gg.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^

© 2013 Vexen Crabtree. All rights reserved.

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