Georgia(ns) - Work in Progress
From Batumi to Tbilissi, if you don't take the main road but use a track closer to the Turkish and Armenian borders, you can meet a sample of the diversity of Georgian population which reflects the history of the region: greeks, doukhobors, armenians, germans, meshkets, jews, muslims, catholics, yezidis, azeris, ossets, etc.
Since the end of the USSR, the identity policies of each Caucasian nation- state and the ethnic conflicts have led to a strong homogenization of the populations. And Georgia is not an exception with strong nationalist policies and the influence of the Orthodox Church. Southern Georgia and its diversity are still an exception, but the dynamics under way are homogenizing: the Meshketians are unable to assert their right to return, the Germans have left, the Jews as well, and without the crisis in Greece, the Greeks would have done the same, the Doukhobors prefer to go to work in Russia, the Catholics convert to orthodoxy, etc
How long will this region retain its multi-ethnic character so typical of the Caucasus?