The Democratic Republic of Georgia is a country that has been trampled on, over-run, ruled and occupied many times in its long history but has also had periods of independence and sovereignty. The seventy years of Soviet rule emasculated Georgia as a functioning country and community. The Soviet withdrawal left them with little on which to lean except for the people's skills, culture and resilience, and these too had been severely crippled, even more so than in Eastern Europe. Georgia is now a reasonably-well functioning democracy, firmly heading in a free-market direction. Much has been said about the successes and failures of post-communist transition in Eastern Europe. But Georgia is determined to show how free markets can work, even after a century hindered by socialism.
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