In today’s world predominated by democracy, one might nevertheless say that the USA is the “Empire” that rules the world. There are arguments for and against such a statement, but one cannot argue with the fact that several nations have indeed ruled the world as they knew it throughout history.
The British Empire
The first on the list is coincidentally the largest and arguably one of the most influential empires of all time. It owned almost a quarter of the entire world and ruled over 500 million people. However, the World War I signified the beginning of the end for the British Empire and the World War II eventually led to a close. The English language is the world’s most spoken language even today.