Some Empires In The World’s History Were Downright Wicked…

Comanche Empire

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The Comanche Empire was one of the largest Native American tribes in America. Their empire spanned most of the middle American plains, and they were known for their incredibly brutal raids…brutal raids that included the slaughter of children. It was because of their horrific reputation that the Spanish and the French rarely wanted to explore the territory. From 1868 to 1881, the systematic hunting of 31 million buffalo by American settlers caused the Comanche Empire to fall.

The Celts

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In the ancient world, the Celts ruled most of modern day France, Belgium, and England. Even Rome had a tremendously hard time conquering the Celts. Why? Because the Celts were incredibly fierce and also kinda crazy. In battle, they’d fight completely naked to show you they weren’t afraid to die, and if they won a battle, they’d cut off all the heads of their kills, take them home, and show them off like trophies.

The Viking Empire

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Starting in 793 AD, the Viking Empire of the Scandinavian Peninsula started to pillage and plunder surrounding countries such as England, the Frankish Empire, Spain, and Russia. Their tactics were brutal; they’d raid unprotected villages, killing, raping, and stealing all goods before local defense units could stop them. As time went on, they became increasingly good at this and grew more brazen in their attempts to raid surrounding areas. It only lasted so long, however, and better defenses against their tactics made surprise raids more difficult. By 1066 AD, the Viking Empire lost steam when Norwegian King Harald Hardrada was defeated by the English at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Maori Civilization

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The Maori, the local tribe in New Zealand, were brutal warriors, cannibals, slave traders, and hunters. Their reputation was so fierce that even British Colonists, who were also quite brutal as we’ll see later, didn’t like to go near them. When Colonist James Cook arrived, things were fine at first, but when one of his men, James Rowe, angered the Maori, they cannibalized him and his men. Once the Maori got a hold of muskets, things got even worse. Tribal warfare broke out and some 18,000 people were slaughtered. Warfare between the British and the Maori continued for years, increasing the horrific bloodshed until the Maori were essentially conquered.

Confederate States of America

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Starting in 1861, the Confederate States of America was a group of eleven states that broke off from the United States of America. While not technically recognized by foreign nations, the Confederacy had a president, a flag, printed their own money, and created a cultural identity that still lingers to the present day. However, they’re mostly known for the brutal practice of enslaving, beating, and raping millions of African Americans and their inhumane treatment of prisoners at Andersonville. Fortunately, their empire was short lived and ended in 1865.

The Belgian Colonial Empire

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The Belgian Colonial Empire consisted of three African colonies in the Congo. The territory was 76 times larger than Belgium and was the third largest colony in Africa. It was considered the private property of King Leopold II, and he became known there as the “Butcher of the Congo” for murdering millions of Congolese people by forcing them to work on rubber plantations. Those who failed to meet quotas were flogged, or their hands were cut off.

The Mongol Empire

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The Mongol Empire from 1206 to 1405 was the largest contiguous empire in history. Started by Genghis Khan, their army was a well-organized killing machine and used brutal war tactics to subdue largely populated cities. If the city complied with their wishes, they’d be spared and allowed to live, but if they didn’t, their city was destroyed and everyone inside was killed. It’s estimated 30 million people were killed during their reign.

Ancient Egyptian Empire

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Ancient Egypt practiced human slavery and had brutal ways to deal with its laborers. Research shows if a worker got out of line, they would be whipped 100 times, stabbed five times, and then immediately sent back out to work. On top of that, malnutrition and disease were prevalent among commoners, including joint diseases from carrying heavy loads all day.

The Ottoman Empire

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While the Ottoman Empire ruled for hundreds of years, in its decline from 1914 to 1922, it sanctioned genocide against Christian Greeks. Under the rule of the Young Turks and Mustafa Kemel, 3.5 million Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians were killed. The empire was dissolved in 1922.

Myanmar

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In 1962, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was taken over by a military Junta. The Junta imprisoned critics, took over the parliament, and suppressed any form of democracy. Due to their brutal military dictatorship, they became a hermit state closed off to the rest of the world. This seriously impoverished most of its people. Only members of the regime and their families profited from their rule.

Neo-Assyrian Empire

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From 883 BC to 627 BC, the Neo-Assyrian Empire ruled all over Mesopotamia and Egypt. Their military was efficient and brutal. After conquering nearby civilizations, they would trade their people into slavery and exile them out of their homelands. They’d impale people on spikes, dismember their bodies, and stack multiple heads on top of each other like a totem pole outside cities they conquered. Many of their writings talk proudly of gouging out eyes, burning children, and hanging heads on trees around a city.

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The Portuguese Empire

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Beginning in 1415, the Portuguese Empire stretched from Europe, Africa, India, and all the way to Japan and Brazil. Under their long colonial rule, they exploited the local inhabitants, raided African villages, and was a huge contributor to the African slave trade. At the end of their reign in 1961, the Angolan laborers revolted, resulting in a brutal fourteen-year war which included a massacre of 500 men, women, and children by the hands of Portuguese soldiers. In 1999, the Portuguese Empire was dissolved.

The Macedonian Empire

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Alexander the Great is considered one of the greatest military geniuses in history. Starting in Macedonia, he formed an army and began conquering Greece, Syria, Egypt, Persia, and went all the way to India. However, his conquests were not without horrific and barbaric practices. This included crucifying thousands, burning cities to the ground, and slaughtering thousands of innocent people. He also was a paranoid ruler who had many people put to death for fear they might overthrow him. The Macedonian Empire died with him and was divided up into three seperate countries.

Italian Empire

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In 1861, Italy became a unified country and hungered to colonize other parts of the world like their European neighbors. They quickly started colonies in African countries like Somalia and Libya. In 1922, under the control of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Italy planned to annex even more territories to its control including Greece and Albania. While in power, Mussolini created a police state, dissolved parliament, and suppressed all opposition against him.

The Spanish Empire

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With the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Empire quickly sought to colonize it. Columbus, as well as many other conquistadors, pillaged, plundered, raped, and murdered the native tribes including the Aztec and Incas. They enslaved the men, hanged the women, and burned their priests. Also, the spread of smallpox wiped out hundreds of thousands of natives as well.