List of empires

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Empires and dynasties

Empire Origin Capital From To Duration Note
Abbasid CaliphateIraqBaghdad, Raqqa, Kufa, Samarra, Anbar7501258508Successor of the Umayyad Caliphate.
Achaemenid EmpirePersiaVarious, including Pasargadae, Ecbatana, Persepolis, Susa, Babylon550 BC330 BC220The first Persian empire, and the largest one in classical antiquity, founded by Cyrus the Great.
Afsharid DynastyPersiaMashhad1736179660Founded by Nader Shah, at its peak expanded Persia as far west as Baghdad, and as far east as Delhi.
Ahom DynastyNorth East IndiaCharaideo, Garhgaon, Rangpur (Ahom capital), Jorhat12281838610It is well known for maintaining its sovereignty for nearly 600 years and successfully resisting Mughal expansion in Northeast India.
Akkadian EmpireSumerAkkad2300 BC2200 BC100
Aksumite EmpireEthiopiaAxum150940790Succeeded by the Ethiopian Empire.
AkwamuWest AfricaAkwamufie, Nyanoase15051867362
Almohad CaliphateMoroccoMarrakech, Seville11211269148
Almoravid dynastyMoroccoAghmat (1040–1062), Marrakech (1062–1147)10401147107
Angevin EmpireEngland, FranceNo official capital. Court was generally held at Angers and Chinon1154124288
Armenian EmpireArmeniaTigranakert190 BC428618Tigranes the Great took the title King of Kings.
AssyriaMesopotamiaAssur, later Nineveh2025 BC609 BC1119
Ashanti EmpireWest AfricaKumasi16701902232
Austrian EmpireAustriaVienna1804186763Preceded by the Holy Roman Empire.
Austria-HungaryAustria, HungaryVienna, Budapest1867191851Often referred to as the "Austro-Hungarian Empire". Formed out of the Austrian Empire as a result of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867. Officially a real union of the rump Austrian Empire (Cisleithania) and the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen/Transleithania. Ruler was therefore referred to as Kaiser und König ("Emperor-King", literally "Emperor and King").
Ayyubid dynastyMiddle EastCairo, Damascus, Hama11711341170Founded by Saladin, See also List of Muslim states and dynasties.
Aztec EmpireMesoamericaTenochtitlan1428152193The capital of Mexico, Mexico City, is built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan.
Babylonian EmpireMesopotamiaBabylon1900 BC1600 BC300See also Neo-Babylonian Empire.
BalhaeNorth Korea, ManchuriaSanggyeong698926228Successor of Goguryeo.
Bamana EmpireWest AfricaSégou17121861149Also known as the Bambara Empire or Ségou Empire
Belgian colonial empireBelgiumBrussels1901196261Overseas possessions were referred to as "the colonies" rather than an empire.
Benin EmpireNigeriaBenin City14401897457
Bornu EmpireNigeriaNgazargamu13871893506The continuation of the Kanem Empire.
Empire of BrazilBrazilRio de Janeiro1822188967Established after Pedro I of Brazil declared the independence of Brazil from Portugal.
Britannic EmpireBritainLondinium28629610Was a break-away state of the Roman Empire. See also the Carausian Revolt.
British EmpireUnited KingdomLondon16031997394The largest empire in world history. Precursor to the modern Commonwealth of Nations.
British RajIndian SubcontinentCalcutta (1858–1912), New Delhi (1912–1947)1858194789Governed by the Crown and part of the British Empire. Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1876.
Bruneian EmpireBorneoNot specified, possibly Kota Batu13681888520Lasted until it became a British protectorate in 1888.
First Bulgarian EmpireBalkansPliska (680–893), Preslav (893–972), Skopie (972–992), Ohrid (992–1018)6801018338Founded by Khan Asparukh. Under Tsar Simeon I became the first powerful Slavic Empire. Falls to the Byzantine Empire under Emperor Basil II.
Second Bulgarian EmpireBalkansTarnovo11851422237Successor of the First Bulgarian Empire. Under the Tsars Kaloyan and Ivan Asen II became the most powerful state in the Balkans.
Buyid dynastyPersiaShiraz9341055121
Byzantine EmpireEastern Roman Empire (Greece, Anatolia, Africa, Palestine, Syria, Italy)Constantinople39514531058The eastern half of the Roman Empire. Term conventionally used since the 19th century to describe the Greek-speaking Roman Empire during the Middle Ages.
Caliphate of CórdobaIberian PeninsulaCórdoba7561031275See also Islamic Empire.
Carthaginian EmpireNorth AfricaCarthage814 BC146 BC504
Cebu Rajahnate Philippines Cebu City 1279 1565 286 An Indianized state founded by a minor Chola prince.
Chagatai KhanateTransoxaniaAlmaliq, Qarshi12251687462Division of the Mongol Empire.
Chalukya dynastyIndiaBadami543753210
ChenlaCambodiaIsanapura550802252Succeeded by the Khmer Empire.
Chera dynastySouth India Vanchi Muthur, Karur,

Kodungallur, Kollam.

400 BC17292129A Tamil (Later, Malayalam) dynasty which includes Early Cheras, Medieval Cheras, Kodungallur Cheras and Venadu Cheras.
Chola dynastySouth IndiaUraiyur, Pazhaiyaarai, Thanjavur, Gangaikonda Cholapuram 400 BC15401940A Tamil dynasty which includes Early Cholas, Medieval Cholas and Later Cholas till the reign of Virasekhara Chola (opponent of Nagama Nayak).
Dacian KingdomRomaniaSarmizegetusa Regia168 BC106274Reached its territorial expansion under King Burebista (82 BC – 44 BC).
Danish colonial empireDenmark (as Denmark–Norway 1536 – 1814)Copenhagen15361953417See also Danish overseas colonies.
Delhi SultanateIndiaDelhi12061527321
Durrani EmpireAfghanistanKandahar, Kabul1747182375
Dutch EmpireNetherlandsAmsterdam15681975407See also Dutch East India Company and Dutch West India Company.
Egyptian EmpireEgyptVarious, including Thebes, Akhetaten, Pi-Ramesses, Memphis1550 BC1077 BC473See also 18th Dynasty, 19th Dynasty & 20th Dynasty.
Ethiopian EmpireEthiopiaAddis Ababa11371974837
Fatimid CaliphateEgyptMahdia (909–969), Cairo (969–1171)9091171262See also Islamic Empire.
First French EmpireFranceParis18041814/181510
Second French EmpireFranceParis1852187018
French colonial empireFranceParis1534Present485 as of 2019Some consider the Empire ending with the end of French presence in Vanuatu (see New Hebrides) Empire continues in the form of Overseas France.
Frankish EmpireWestern EuropeVarious, including Soissons, Paris, Reims, Orléans, Metz & Aachen250950700
FunanCambodiaVyadhapura50550500Succeeded by the Chenla.
Gallic EmpireRhineland-PalatinateColonia Agrippina26027414Broke off from the Roman Empire during the Crisis of the Third Century.
Gaza EmpireSouthern AfricaNot specified1824189571
Georgian EmpireGeorgiaKutaisi, Tbilisi10081490482Established in 1008 as an unified kingdom. Georgian kings took title "King of Kings" and ruled over large territory consisting of Georgian, Armenian and Muslim areas, as well as numerous client states. Officially dissolved at 1490.
German EmpireGermanyBerlin1871191847See also German colonial empire.
Ghana EmpireMauritania, and Western MaliKoumbi Saleh3001240940The empire became known in Europe and Arabia as the "Ghana Empire" by the title of its ruler (meaning "Warrior King"). Also known as Wagadou.
Ghaznavid dynastyAfghanistanGhazni later Lahore9631187224
Ghurid dynastyAfghanistanFiruzkuh1148121567
GoguryeoKorea[1]Jolbon, Gungnae City, Pyongyang37 BC668705Predecessor of Balhae and Goryeo.
GoryeoKoreaGaegyeong, Ganghwa9181392474Successor of Goguryeo. Unification of the Korean Peninsula. State maintained as an empire between 918 and 1274.
Gorkha EmpireGreater Nepal16001850250Unification of Greater Nepal. State maintained as an empire between 1600 and 1840.
Göktürk KhaganateInner AsiaÖtüken552747195552–603 First empire, 603–658 Double empire, 658–681 Dark age, 681–747 Second empire.
Golden HordeCentral AsiaSarai Batu12401502260Break-away state of the Mongol Empire.
Empire of Great FuloSenegalTekrur15141776262
Great Moravian EmpireCentral EuropeMikulčice-Valy83390067The word "Moravia" did not refer only to present-day Moravia.
Great Seljuq EmpireAral Sea, Asia Minor, PersiaNishapur and later on Rey10371194157Turkish empire, predecessor of the Sultanate of Rum.
Gurjara-Pratihara dynastyIndiaKannauj6001136660Founded by great king of Gujjars.
Gupta EmpireIndiaPataliputra320550230Founded by Sri Gupta.
Han dynastyChinaChang'an, Luoyang, Xuchang206 BC220426Founded by Liu Bang the High Ancestor.
Empire of HarshaNorthern IndiaKannauj60664741Founded by Harshavardhana; collapsed after his death.
Hephthalite EmpireAfghanistanKabul420567147
Hittite EmpireAnatoliaHattusa1460 BC1180 BC280See also Syro-Hittite states.
Holy Roman EmpireCentral EuropeNot specified9621806844Referred to simply as the Roman Empire (not to be confused with the actual Roman Empire) before 1157, when it became the Holy Empire. The Holy Roman Empire is attested from 1254. Was officially known as the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation after 1512, although this designation had fallen out of use again by the 18th century. See Holy Roman Empire § Name.
Hotak dynastyPersiaIsfahan1709173829
Hoysala EmpireIndiaBelur, Halebidu10261343317
Hunnic EmpireEurasiaNot specified37046999
Idrisid dynastyMoroccoFes788974186Founders of the first Moroccan state.
IlkhanatePersiaMaragheh, Tabriz, Soltaniyeh1256133579Division of the Mongol Empire.
Kingdom of Israel (united monarchy)IsraelJerusalem1050 BC586 BC486Considers the Start of Saul's reign, through the dual kingdoms of the Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) and the Kingdom of Judah, until the Babylonian conquest of Judah.
Inca Empire (Tawantinsuyo)Andes (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, parts of Chile, Argentina and Colombia)Cusco1438153395The largest empire in pre-Columbian America.
Italian EmpireItalyRome1885194358See also Italian imperialism under Fascism.
Empire of JapanJapanTokyo1868194779Emperor's government took control of the country in 1868. Regional hegemony in East Asia ended in 1945. The new constitution of 1947 formally abolished the empire.[2]
Jin dynasty (265–420)ChinaLuoyang (265–311), Chang'an (312–316), Jiankang (317–420)265420155Subdivided into two dynasties. Western Jìn dynasty (265–316), Eastern Jìn dynasty (317–420).
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)Northern China, ManchuriaHuining, Zhongdu, Kaifeng11151234119Also known as the Jurchens, were the ancestors of the Manchus who established the Qing dynasty.
Jolof EmpireWest AfricaLinguère13501549199Also known as the Wollof Empire. Succeeded by the Kingdom of Jolof (1549–1875).
Kaabu EmpireWest AfricaKansala15371867330Also written Gabu, Ngabou, and N’Gabu'.
Kanem EmpireChadNjimi7001387687
Kanva dynasty India Pataliputra, Vidisha 75 BC 30 BC 45 Replaced the Shunga Empire.
Kara-Khanid KhanateTurkistanKashgar8401212372First Turkic dynasty to embrace Islam.
Khazar KhaganatePontic steppe, North CaucasusBalanjar, later Atil7001000300Founded by Western Turks, the members of the royal family embraced Judaism.
Khmer EmpireCambodiaHariharalaya (802–889), Angkor (889–1431)8021431629Succeeded from the kingdom of Chenla.
Khilji dynastyAfghanistanKabul, Delhi1290132030
Khwarazmian dynastyPersiaUrgench10771221144
Konbaung dynastyMyanmarMandalay17521885133
Kong EmpireWest AfricaKong17101898298Also known as the Wattara Empire or Ouattara Empire.
Korean EmpireKorean PeninsulaHanseong1897191013Was the last ruling Korean dynasties.
Kushan EmpireAfghanistanVarious, including Mathura, Peshawar, Begram, Taxila30345315
Kushite EmpireEgypt, NubiaNot specified760 BC656 BC104
Latin EmpireThrace, Asia MinorConstantinople1204126157See also Latinokratia.
Later Lê dynastyVietnamĐông Kinh14281789361
Liao dynastyChinaShangjing9151125210
Lodi SultanateAfghanistanDelhi1451152675
Macedonian EmpireMacedonian KingdomPella334 BC323 BC11Founded by Alexander the Great.
Madurai Nayak dynasty South India Madurai,


1529 1736 207 Branched out from the Vijayanagara Empire by Viswanatha Nayak.
Majapahit EmpireIndonesian ArchipelagoMajapahit, Wilwatikta12931527234Founded by Raden Wijaya.
Mali EmpireWest AfricaNiani, later Ka-ba12351610375A Mandinka empire founded by Sundiata Keita.
Mamluk SultanateEgypt, SyriaCairo12501517267See also Islamic Empire.
ManchukuoManchuriaHsinking1932194513Created as a puppet state of the Japanese Empire, with Emperor Puyi (the last emperor of the Qing dynasty) installed as nominal regent and emperor.
Maratha EmpireIndiaRaigad, later Satara16741818144Founded by Shivaji Maharaj, also known as the Maratha Confederacy.
Marinid dynastyMoroccoFes12441465221
Massina EmpireWest AfricaHamdullahi1820186242
Mauryan EmpireAncient IndiaPataliputra321 BC185 BC136Founded by Chandragupta Maurya. The Mauryan Empire became the largest ever Indian empire under Ashoka.
Median EmpirePersiaEcbatana625 BC549 BC76First Iranian empire, Founded by Deioces.
First Mexican EmpireMexicoMexico City182118232Preceded the Second Mexican Empire which was short lived (1864–1867). See also Mexican Imperial Orders.
Second Mexican EmpireMexicoMexico City186418673Succeeded the First Mexican Empire which was short lived (1821–1823). See also Mexican Imperial Orders.
Ming dynastyChinaNanjing (1368–1421), Beijing (1421–1644) 13681644276Founded by Zhu Yuanzhang the Great Marshal.
Mitanni EmpireSyria, Iran, Iraq, TurkeyWashukanni1500 BC1300 BC200
Mongol EmpireMongoliaKarakorum12061368162Split into four empires (Yuan dynasty, Ilkhanate, Chagatai Khanate and Golden Horde). Largest contiguous land empire.
Mughal EmpireIndiaAgra, Delhi15261758232Founded by Babur. "Mughal" is a Persian word for the Mongols.
Nanda EmpireIndiaPataliputra450 BC350 BC100
Neo-Babylonian EmpireMesopotamiaBabylon626 BC539 BC87See also Babylonia.
Nguyễn dynastyVietnamPhú Xuân18021945143Was the last ruling Vietnamese dynasty.
North Sea EmpireDenmarkRibe1016103519As one historian put it: "When the 11th century began its fourth decade, Canute was, with the single exception of the Emperor, the most imposing ruler in Latin Christendom. ... [H]e was lord of four important realms and the overlord of other kingdoms. Though technically Canute was counted among the kings, his position among his fellow-monarchs was truly imperial. Apparently he held in his hands the destinies of two great regions: the British Isles and the Scandinavian peninsulas. His fleet all but controlled two important seas, the North and the Baltic. He had built an Empire."[3]
Empire of NicaeaBithyniaNicaea1204126157Successor state of the Byzantine Empire.
Northern Yuan dynastyMongoliaShangdu, Yingchang, Karakorum13681635267Created after the expulsion of the Yuan dynasty from China in 1368.
Omani EmpireOmanMuscat16981856260See Oman.
Ottoman EmpireAnatoliaSöğüt, Bursa, Edirne, İstanbul 12991922623Predecessor of the Republic of Turkey.
Oyo EmpireSouthwestern NigeriaOyo-Ile14001905505
Pagan EmpireMyanmarBagan8491297448
Pahlavi dynastyPersiaTehran1925197953The last Imperial dynasty of the Persian Empire.
Pala EmpireIndiaPataliputra7501174424
Palmyrene EmpireSyriaPalmyra26027313Broke off from the Roman Empire during the Crisis of the Third Century.
Pandya dynastySouth India Madurai, Korkai, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli 400 BC1753[4]2153A Tamil dynasty which includes Early Pandyas, First Empire, Second Empire and Later Pandyas of Tenkasi and Tirunelveli.
Parthian EmpirePersiaVarious, including Asaak, Hecatompylos, Ecbatana, Ctesiphon, Nisa247 BC224471Third Iranian empire, Founded by Arsaces I.
Pontic EmpirePontusAmaseia, Sinope120 BC47 BC73Mithridates VI had the title: King of Kings.
Portuguese EmpirePortugalLisbon, Rio de Janeiro (1815–1821)14151999584Was one of the first global empires and the longest lived of the colonial Western European empires. See also United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.
Ptolemaic EmpireEgyptAlexandria305 BC30 BC275See also Diadochi.
Qajar dynastyPersiaTehran17941925131
Qin dynastyChinaXianyang221 BC206 BC15First dynasty of the imperial period.
Qing dynastyChinaShenyang, Beijing16441912268Last dynasty of the imperial period.
Ramnad Sethupathis India Ramanathapuram 1590 1979 389
Rashidun CaliphateSaudi ArabiaMedina, Kufa63266129Predecessor of the Umayyad Caliphate, See also Islamic Empire.
Rashtrakuta dynastyIndiaManyakheta753982229
Roman EmpireItalyRome, Constantinople27 BC14531480Together with The Roman Kingdom, The Roman Republic and the Byzantine Empire, direct Roman states lasted from 753 BC until 1453 AD, 2206 years.
Rouran KhaganateInner ChinaNot specified330555225
Rozwi EmpireSouthern AfricaDanangombe16601866206
Russian Empire (Romanov)RussiaSaint Petersburg17211917196Successor state of the Tsardom of Russia.
Saadi dynastyMoroccoMarrakech15541659105Destroyed the Songhai Empire.
Safavid dynastyPersiaTabriz, Qazvin, Esfahan15011736235
Saffarid dynastyPersiaZaranj8671002135
Sassanid dynastyPersiaCtesiphon224651427Fourth Iranian Empire.
Satavahana dynastyIndiaAmaravathi village, Guntur district Dharanikota230 BC220450An Andhra dynasty which preceded the Vengi dynasty of Andhra.
Samanid EmpirePersiaBalkh, Bukhara819999180
Seleucid EmpirePersia, Mesopotamia, SyriaSeleucia, Antioch312 BC63 BC249See also Diadochi.
Serbian EmpireBalkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Albania)Skopje, Prizren1346137125Founded by Stephen Uroš IV (Dušan the Mighty), fell into feudal disarray after his death.
Shu HanChinaChengdu22126342See also Three Kingdoms.
Siam EmpireThailandBangkok17821932150
Sikh EmpirePunjab region, IndiaAmritsar17331849116Preceded the British Empire in the Indian subcontinent.
Sokoto CaliphateWest AfricaSokoto (1804–1850), (1851–1902), Gudu (1804), Birnin Konni (1850, 1903)1804190399
Song dynastyChinaBianjing (960–1127), Lin'an (1127–1279) 9601279319Founded by Zhao Kuangyi the Great Ancestor.
Songhai EmpireWest AfricaGao13401591251Former vassal of the Mali Empire which became one of the largest African empires in history.
Spanish EmpireIberian PeninsulaMadrid14021975573Was founded with the conquest of the Canary Islands. It was the first global empire.
Srivijaya EmpireIndonesian ArchipelagoPalembang, Mataram6831293610It was a powerful ancient thalassocratic Malay empire based on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, then based on Mataram (Medang Kingdom) under Sailendra's dynasty.
Sui dynastyChinaChang'an58161837
Shunga EmpireIndiaPataliputra, Vidisa185 BC73 BC112Magadha dynasty that controlled North-central and Eastern India.
Swedish EmpireSwedenStockholm16111721110See also Swedish overseas colonies.
Tahirid dynastyPersiaNishapur82187352
Tang dynastyChinaChang'an (618–904), Luoyang (904–907) 618907289Founded By Li Yuan (aka. Emperor Gaozu of Tang).
Thanjavur Nayak dynasty South India Thanjavur 1532 1673 141 Founded by Sevappa Nayak.
Tây Sơn dynastyVietnamPhú Xuân1778180224
Empire of ThessalonicaEpirus, Kingdom of ThessalonicaThessaloniki1224124642Evolved from the Despotate of Epirus.
Third ReichGermanyBerlin, Hamburg (1933–1945), Flensburg (1945)1933194512Nazi Germany signed a treaty (Tripartite Pact) with the Japanese and Italian Empire.
Tibetan EmpireTibetLhasa755870115
Tondo dynastyPhilippinesTondo9001587687
Timurid EmpireUzbekistan, Persia and Central AsiaSamarkand, Herat13701526156Persianized form of the Mongolian word kürügän, Turko-Mongol Empire.
TlemcenAlgeriaTlemcen12351556321Zayyanid dynasty
Empire of TrebizondPontusTrebizond12041461257Successor state of the Byzantine Empire and a client state of the Kingdom of Georgia.
Toltec EmpireMesoamericaTollan-Xicocotitlan4961122626
Toungoo dynastyToungooMyanmar15101752242
Toucouleur EmpireWest AfricaSégou1848189345
Tu'i Tonga EmpireTonga, Pacific OceanMu'a9501865915See History of Tonga.
Turgesh KhaganateTurkistanBalasagun69976667Founded as a successor of West Turkish empire.
Umayyad CaliphateSyriaDamascus, Córdoba (capital-in-exile)66175089Successor of the Rashidun Caliphate, See also Islamic Empire.
Uyunid dynastyArabianAl-Hasa, Qatif10761253163The Uyunids were a Sunni Arab dynasty that ruled Bahrain for 163 years, from the 11th to the 13th centuries.
Uyghur KhaganateCentral AsiaOrdubaliq742848106742–848 Founded as a successor of Göktürk Khaganate, 848–1036 Gansu state, 856–1209 Turfan state.
Vijayanagara EmpireSouth IndiaVijayanagara13361646310The founding of the original kingdom was based on the principality of Anegondi.
Wari EmpirePeru, BoliviaHuari/Tiwanaku5001100600It is a matter of conflict as to whether it was a real organized state that could be called an empire. If so, it would be considered the first empire in the Americas.
Wassoulou EmpireWest AfricaBissandugu1878189545Also known as the Mandinka Empire.
Wei EmpireChinaLuoyang22026545See also Three Kingdoms.
Western Chalukya EmpireSouth IndiaManyakheta, Basavakalyan9731189216
Western Roman EmpireItalyMediolanum, Ravenna39547681The western half of the Roman Empire.
Eastern WuChinaWuchang, Jianye22928051See also Three Kingdoms.
Western Xia dynastyChinaXingqing10381227189Also called the Tangut dynasty.
Xin dynastyChinaChang'an92314The Xin dynasty had only one ruling emperor.
Yuan dynastyChina, MongoliaDadu1271136897Division of the Mongol Empire. The Yuan emperors had nominal supremacy over western khanates.
Zand dynastyPersiaShiraz1750179444
Zhou dynastyChinaFenghao, Wangcheng, Chengzhou1046 BC256 BC794Zenith of bronze age in China.
Zulu EmpireSouth AfricaKwaBulawayo, Ulundi1818189779

Possible and informal empires

These governments, confederations and other entities have sometimes been informally referred to as "empires". Some did not fit the modern definition of empire (e.g. the Delian League), some were self-proclaimed by their first and often last ruler, others were short-lived attempts to turn an existing government into an empire, and there are also instances of the word "empire" being used to refer to unofficial spheres of influence which do not consider themselves empires.

"Empire" Origin Capital From To Duration Note
American EmpireUnited StatesWashington, D.C.1776Present243The concept of an American Empire was first popularized during the presidency of James K. Polk who led the United States into the Mexican–American War of 1846. In recent times the concept has been revived to refer to the sphere of influence of the United States by its critics.
Athenian Empire (Delian League)Ancient GreeceDelos island478 BC404 BC74Also known as the Delian League. It was an association of Greek city-states.
Second Athenian LeagueAncient GreeceAthens378 BC355 BC23Second Athenian League, headed by Athens primarily for self-defense against the growth of Sparta and the Persian Empire.
Central African EmpireCentral African RepublicBangui197619793President Jean-Bédel Bokassa declared himself Emperor Bokassa I in 1976. Along he proclaiming the empire as a constitutional monarchy.
Empire of ChinaChinaBeijing191519161Was a short-lived attempt by Yuan Shikai to reinstate the Imperial Monarchy.
First Empire of HaitiHaitiPort-au-Prince180418062

First Haitian Empire, Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared himself Emperor Jacques I.

Second Empire of HaitiHaitiPort-au-Prince1849185910

Second Haitian Empire, Faustin Soulouque is proclaimed Emperor Faustin I.

Grand Duchy of LithuaniaLithuaniaVilnius12001569369It was the largest state in Europe in the 15th century.
Polish–Lithuanian CommonwealthPoland, LithuaniaKraków15691795226It was formed by the Union of Lublin in 1569, between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was one of the largest and one of the most populous countries of 16th and 17th-century Europe, with some 390,000 square miles (1,000,000 km2) and a multi-ethnic population of 11 million at its peak in the early 17th century.[5][6][7][8][9][10]
Roman RepublicItalyRome509 BC27 BC482Predecessor of the Roman Empire. Technically a Republic, had imperial holdings throughout its existence.
Kingdom of RomaniaRomaniaBucharest1920194424Following the post–World War I treaties that ratified its borders (the last one being the 1920 Treaty of Trianon), the newly-enlarged Romanian monarchy was rated by the Comintern as a multi-national imperial state that subjugated ethnic minorities.[11][12] Indeed, according to the 1930 Romanian census, just over 28% of Romania's inhabitants were not ethnic Romanians. Non-Romanians formed the majority in 14 out of Romania's 71 counties. In 11 Romanian counties, Romanians formed less than 40% of the population: Caliacra (22.6% Romanians), Cernăuți (21.8% Romanians), Cetatea Albă (18.5% Romanians), Ciuc (14.4% Romanians), Durostor (19% Romanians), Hotin (35% Romanians), Ismail (31.9% Romanians), Odorhei (4.9% Romanians), Storojineț (33.9% Romanians), Timiș-Torontal (37.6% Romanians) and Trei Scaune (16% Romanians).

The issue of "Romanian imperialism" (as Romanian leading politician Iuliu Maniu put it) was further exacerbated by the 1941 creation of the Romanian Transnistria Governorate from parts of the Ukrainian SSR, under the rule of "Conducător" Ion Antonescu.[13] These new borders lasted until 1944. According to the 1941 Romanian census, 21 out of the now 73 Romanian counties were inhabited by a non-Romanian ethnic majority, including all of the 13 Transnistrian counties (the entire Transnistrian region was over 75% Ukrainian). Two of the 21 counties did have Romanian plurality (meaning that the Romanians were the largest ethnic group, but still less than half of the county population).

Soviet EmpireSoviet UnionMoscow1922199169A political term for the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union used by its critics.

See also


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  2. "Chronological table 5 1 December 1946 – 23 June 1947". National Diet Library. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  3. Larson, Laurence M (1912). Canute the Great, 995(Circ)–1035, and the Rise of Danish Imperialism During the Viking Age. Putnam.
  4. Nilakanta Sastri, K. A. (1972). The Pandyan Kingdom; From the Earliest Times to the Sixteenth Century. Madras: Swathi Publications.
  5. Davies, Norman (1996). Europe: A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 554. ISBN 978-0-19-820171-7. Poland-Lithuania was another country which experienced its 'Golden Age' during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The realm of the last Jagiellons was absolutely the largest state in Europe.
  6. Wandycz, Piotr Stefan (2001). The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present (2nd ed.). London [u.a.]: Routledge. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-415-25491-5. The multinational character of the Habsburg monarchy was comparable to that of the Commonwealth [...]
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