Only a year in her journey as autocrat of Russia, Catherine heard stories of Poniatowski in Poland. Upon the death of Poland’s King Augustus III in late 1763, the idea of electing a new king became prominent in European politics. Catherine threw her support behind her former lover, spending over 2,500,000 rubles to support his election. Because of the massive support, Poniatowski was elected King of Poland with 5,584 votes.
When we think of world domination, we oftentimes think of countries that have strongholds on land mass. How much of the world has been painted with their flag? While this won’t necessarily be the perfect explanation for what the empires stood for or accomplished, it’ll be interesting to see what nations had at least the slightest chance to dominate the world in one form or another. There are thousands of empires to choose from, so I’m going to focus on five of them.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, if you will. By giving a sociopath, a psychopath, an enraged individual complete control over a nation — what happens? The overall destruction of man woman and child of those individual cultural boundaries. Your Hitlers, your Mussolinis, your Trumps. They manage to rally behind the darker areas of society’s fear and hatred. Now not only do you have a terrible, disastrous leader; you have a terrible and disastrous leader implementing racist and sexist and overall degrading values into a society that collapses under itself through hatred, fear, and war.