The Republic of Georgia is the legal successor of the Georgian SSR. The head of state is the President. Currently (from January 2004) the post is filled by Mikhail Saakashvili.
The area is 69 000 km2, and the population is 4,7 million. The former Georgian autonomies, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, is currently recognized as independent states by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and the partially recognized state Transnistria.