What if the Holy Roman Empire Reunited Today?

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At its height in 1155, the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) was one of the most powerful empires its time had ever seen. Calling it an empire is actually quite controversial, however, due to the way the empire was run and how it worked; it more closely resembles the way how the United Kingdom today works like a country of countries than a proper empire. Nonetheless, though, the empire practically dominated the whole part of Central Europe and was a key power in global politics during its duration. But gradually over time, the empire started to lose its sovereignty and influence it once had until it finally ceased to exist when the last HRE emperor, Francis II, abdicated his title and released all imperial states from rule. But what if the empire reunited today?

Population and Land

So the first thing we need to think about a reunited Holy Roman Empire is the population and land it would control. For starters, 16 total modern-day countries would lose all or some of their territory to the empire: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Vatican City. At a glance, this might not seem that much to you but it would not stop the empire from having a significant land area.

In total, the empire's area would stand at a moderate 406,640 square miles (1,053,200 square km). This would be enough to make the empire the 29th largest country in the world, just slightly larger than Mauritania (397,955 sq miles) and Egypt (387,048 sq miles), but just smaller than Bolivia (424,164 sq miles). Just like most things I am going to cover, modern-day Germany would dominate the HRE's land area, accounting for 137,882 square miles or 33% of the entire empire's area, which is nearly enough to make a clear majority of 50%.

The population of the Holy Roman Empire would be as equally impressive, or probably even more, as its land area. Standing at a gargantuan 215,500,000 people! This would be enough to make the empire the 6th most populous country in the world, just ahead of Brazil (212.6 million) and Nigeria (206.1 million), but still quite behind the 5th place contender, Pakistan (220.9 million). Such a huge population would mainly account for the population centres within the empire like Germany, and parts of Italy and France.

As well as a massive population, the empire would also boast some very big cities in its borders. The capital city of the empire would be a very, and I mean a very tough choice as the imperial empire didn't actually have a permanent capital and was just based on where the emperor was residing at the time. So we would have to think of a whole new capital city from scratch. In my opinion, Berlin would probably be the most likely choice as the city served significant cultural and historic importance for the Holy Roman Empire, is the current capital of modern-day Germany (The most powerful country making up the empire), and is also a current major population and financial hub for the rest of Europe, with a moderate Urban population of 4,750,000 people. However, do not be fooled by this. Berlin would not be the most populous city in the reunited empire despite having a strong place in the top 10. Milan, in modern-day Italy, would actually be the most populous city with a huge population of 6,150,000. Here would be the rest of the top 10 most populous urban-areas in the empire:

  1. Milan (6,150,000)
  2. Berlin (4,750,000)
  3. Rome (3,500,000)
  4. Frankfurt (3,280,000)
  5. Rotterdam / The Hague (3,280,000)
  6. Hamburg (2,880,000)
  7. Brussels (2,730,000)
  8. Amsterdam (2,500,000)
  9. Stuttgart (2,400,000)
  10. Munich (2,280,000)


(Not including any loosely defined Urban-Areas)
Land area of the reunited Holy Roman Empire on a map

Money and GDP

The next topic we need to think about a reunited Holy Roman Empire is the money and GDP the empire would find in possession, and this would definitely be no disappointment. The Nominal GDP of the empire would stand at around $9.232 Trillion! This is gargantuan and would be enough to put the empire in a strong 3rd place, in terms of Nominal GDP, beating up other huge economies like Japan ($5.378 Trillion) and an independent Germany ($4.319 Trillion), and only behind the juggernauts of China ($16.68 Trillion) and the United States ($22.675 Trillion). Once again, Germany would contribute the most to the GDP, with an independent GDP of $4.319 Trillion

The GDP Per Capita of the empire would also be no disappointment, in contrast to other empires I have covered previously in the series, standing at $43,444, which would be enough to make the empire a high-income country. This would also place the empire with the 31st highest living standards in the world, quite ahead of Japan ($42,928) and Andorra ($40,887), but just behind an independent France ($44,995).

A reunited HRE would also most likely re-join the European Union as all of the modern-day countries that would make up the empire are already in the EU.

Religion and Ethnic Groups

Next, we need to think about which religion and ethnic groups would be predominant in a reunited Holy Roman Empire.

Starting with Religion, Christianity would make up the largest religion within the empire at 58%, split between 45% Catholic and 13% Protestant. Islam would be next at 3% of the population, which is actually quite surprising as the historic empire had very little to no Muslims within its borders. Today, however, it would have around 6 million. Finally,  Atheists and Irreligious people would make up the final block at a massive 39% of the population.

Focusing on Ethnic Groups now, Germans would unsurprisingly dominate the population, being the largest ethnicity in the empire at 45%. Italians would be the next largest ethnic group at 20% of the population, closely followed by the French at 11%, Dutch at 10%, and Polish at 6.8%. Czechs would be represented at 4.7%, while Slovenians would be at 1%, and the final 1.5% being a mix of various other small ethnicities in the empire, each representing less than 1% of the population.

Purple = Christianity


Green = Islam


Grey = Atheism

Religion distribution in the rough area of the Holy Roman Empire on a map

Military Size

The last topic we need to think about the Holy Roman Empire is its military. Starting with manpower, the empire would possess a huge force of around 694,000 active-duty military personnel, which would place the empire with the 6th highest number of active troops in the world, larger than other formidable military powers like Pakistan (653,800 troops) and South Korea (625,000 troops) but quite significantly behind Russia (900,000 troops). In addition to this, the HRE would also have around 1,000,000 troops placed in reserves, bringing the empire's troops to a total of 1,694,000. 

The empire would have a significant military budget, standing at around $109B, which would be 1.18% of its Nominal GDP but only half of the entire EU's budget ($219B). Nonetheless, this would be enough to make the empire have the 3rd highest budget in the world, well ahead of India's ($71 Billion) and Russia's ($65 Billion), but only behind that of China's ($261 Billion) and the United States' ($732 Billion).

As well as this, the Holy Roman Empire would also be a Nuclear Power, among the other 9 countries currently possessing them, inheriting some of France's nukes. However, a clear amount would be unclear but an estimation would be between 120-300 Nuclear Weapons.

Overall, the Holy Roman Empire would be a formidable superpower, by both economic and military, capable of rivalling other strong countries on the world stage. It would also dominate European and EU politics and would definitely become one of the most powerful countries, if not the most powerful, in the whole continent. One thing I haven't touched down on yet is who would be the new emperor of the country and whoever would take that title would have a huge responsibility to handle with governing the superpower. Of course, though, the only person capable of handling such a task is MG17, the Blog Emperor, Governer of Minas Gerais, Leader of NATO, and Leader of the reunited Japanese Empire! The rest of the HRE's future would be completely impossible to accurately predict what path it would take in the current world, but as always, any suggestion is possible. Anyway, here are the voting options for this time:

Persian/Achaemenid Empire | Yugoslavia | Austria-Hungary | A United Indian Subcontinent

If you have any new suggestions for any significant empires you want me to cover in the series, then please let me know in the comments. But for now, goodbye! :)
87 Comments
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Level 62
Aug 6, 2021
Voting has ended! The request to reunite the Persian Empire has won with 2 votes. Here are the final standings:

Persian/Achaemenid Empire | 2 votes | 1st Place

United Indian Subcontinent | 1 vote | Joint 2nd Place

Yugoslavia | 1 vote | Joint 2nd Place

Austria-Hungary | 0 votes | 4th Place

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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Persian/Achaemenid Empire! 🇮🇷 (Why I just putted the Iran’s flag? ;-;)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol probably because Persia is the former name of Iran.

I will add your vote to the polls soon MG :)

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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
And let me just unite the whole world. I have plans for Mars and Saturn. And also our hot bro, Venus (wait, Venus was a goddess in the Roman mythology 🤔)
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
I’m also the president of Brazil! Bolsonaro was making me angry, and before Lula be elected (for some curious, stupid and obscure reason), I organized a coup d’état for be president ;)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
I think we should now refer to you as MG17, the World Emperor lol!

If world unification was to start somewhere, it would probably start here on JetPunk!

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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
I always knew I was incredible. This, it didn’t come for free. I needed to eat too much cheese bread for get this level.
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol I think your incredible emperor superpowers is in your blood.
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Everything started conquering the Romans. It’s not what you see on the school. Bloody battles, and they were mine. Then, it was easy to advance our forces. That’s why I’m descendent of Italians! ;)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Ah that is interesting lol! How big is your military, by the way?
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
About 28% of the population of my lands. I don’t have so much unemployment, and they like the work. Let’s continue in a less-take quiz of me?
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Which quiz of yours shall we continue in?
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Level 65
Jul 29, 2021
India will defeat you!
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
You subordinate, I already conquered the India, more Tibet and the -Stan Countries ;)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
I think TheNatureThread is trying to organize a rebellion
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Level 65
Jul 29, 2021
Yes, Indian people live everywhere, even Brazil >:D
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Most Indian immigrants are in the UK. Wait that's where I live
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Level 54
Jul 30, 2021
seocnd form of put is not putted as i think
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
I don't exactly get what you mean by that.
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Level 43
Jul 30, 2021
I think putted because my corrector corrects “puted” to putted...
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
Oh I get it now. Auto correctors are sometimes very annoying lol
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Level 52
Jul 29, 2021
Very interesting blog to read! I would vote for the Persian Empire, however I do have a bit of an interesting suggestion for a possible empire to cover in the future: the First Bulgarian Empire. I also have some other suggestions: Mughal, Aksum, Inca, Brazilian, Byzantine Empires, although I realize that maybe all these will not be suitable for this series. Anyway, great blog, and I'll be waiting for the next one! :)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Thanks so much! Your suggestions are great ideas so I will add some of them to next blog's vote. Also, I might do Aksum once I have done all of the significant empires. I will also add your vote to the polls soon as well :)
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Level 65
Jul 29, 2021
Yes, some smaller empires would also be cool! Some of my suggestions are the Chola, Kushan, Bengal Sultanate, and Sikh Empire, if you ever want to do them
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Yes those are good ideas as well! When I finish all of the significant empires, I might do the Mughal Empire as the next one.
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
And maybe the Aztecs, or Iberian Union, or even Mayas.
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Why Brazil strikethrough lol
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Just out of curiosity, what was the difference between the Brazilian Empire and modern-day Brazil today? Did the empire have more land than the current country today?
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
I need to search for elaborate a good answer, and I’m not available for it actually. Do you mind if I answer lately?
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Sure that's fine! I was just curious. It's okay if you don't have an answer straight away :)
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
I’ll have an answer, and will give you. At this time exactly, I can’t. But I’ll try.
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Okay that's fine. Thanks so much for taking time to find an answer :)
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Level 52
Jul 29, 2021
Brazil is strikethrough because it it just Brazil and Cisplatina Uruguay, so basically every single part of the blog would be combining Brazil and Uruguay's population, money, military size, and it would be less interesting.
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
I think you strikethrough wrongly :)

And Brazil less interesting!? I think you’re forgetting about the History of Brazil project -_-

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Level 52
Jul 30, 2021
No, I mean that if the Brazilian Empire were to be featured in this series, everything would just be combining Brazil and Uruguay's statistics, and that's not as fun. Although idk if I'll ever convince the Blog Emperor that his empire shouldn't be in this series
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Level 43
Jul 30, 2021
And Tibet figured south of China, and parts of other countries. How fun also yeah? 🙃
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
I could do the Brazilian Empire because even though it was just a combination of Uruguay and Brazil, there are still a lot of fun things to talk about the Brazil part of the empire. I know it will basically just be an overview of modern-day Brazil's statistics, it can be fun.
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Level 52
Jul 30, 2021
Good point. Do the império brasileiro.
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
Certo! Vou colocar isso na minha lista para imperios fazerem. Now only MG17 can know what I am saying mwhahaha
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Level 43
Aug 1, 2021
Vamos ver então se você realmente sabe de Português. Se minhas aulas em inglês, todas as perguntas são em inglês, as minhas agora, serão em português. >:)

Das palavras a seguir, qual é um verbo, e explique que tipo de verbo ele é.

Lagoa – Fiscalização – JetPunk – Chorar – Nascimento

NOTA: “Colocar na minha lista para impérios fazerem.” Essa afirmativa está errada, pois não são os impérios que vão fazer. Você deve falar “Colocar na minha lista de impérios para fazer” :)

Quando eu falo tudo em português, ninguém me segura ;)

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Level 43
Aug 1, 2021
E sem Tradutor. Eu posso te dar aulas de português caso necessário. Minhas aulas voltam amanhã 😑

VALENDO!

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Level 43
Aug 1, 2021
E onde você está no meu quiz? Você pelo menos leu a mensagem?
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Level 62
Aug 1, 2021
"Chorar" is the verb and it is a Transitive Verb. The word means "Cry" in English.

Also, I am checking your quiz comments. It's just that these days, I am usually working on reuniting another empire when I come on to JetPunk. I will reply to your comment on your quiz now though?

(Should I say all of this in Portuguese since it is a Portuguese class or can I say it in English)

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Level 43
Aug 2, 2021
No worries! And yes, is correct... now, ESCOLHA A OPÇÃO COM O VERBO "CHORAR" NO PRETÉRITO MAIS-QUE-PERFEITO!

Chorei – Chorara – Chorava – Chorarei – Choro – Choraria –

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Level 62
Aug 2, 2021
I don't exactly understand what you mean by that. Are you asking for the word in Present-Perfect tense?
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Level 43
Aug 3, 2021
Is the pluperfect tense. Choose the correct option.
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Level 62
Aug 3, 2021
Oh okay.

Is the correct option "Choro"? It means "I had cried" in English.

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Level 43
Aug 4, 2021
Idk if is pluperfect the translation, but is wrong! Choro when used as verb, is in present. "Eu choro, tu choras, ele chora, nós choramos, vós chorais, eles choram...". For be better, we use the "gerúndio" (gerund) as in the senttence "Eu estou chorando". So maybe that's what you confused. Chorara is pluperfect, (mais-que-perfeito), because is the past of the past. When you're reading a story, it's on the past. When we say the past of it, we can use the pluperfect.

"Era uma vez, um homem que estava lendo um livro. Ele andara muito, e estava cansado."

TRANSLATING

"Once upon a time, a man was reading a book. He had walked a lot, and he was tired."

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Level 43
Aug 4, 2021
We don't use so much plu-perfect. We use "particípio" (participle) generally.

"Ele tinha andado muito"

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Level 62
Aug 6, 2021
Ah, está bem. Fiquei bastante confuso com as duas últimas porque pelo que pude perceber, não havia nenhuma frase que significasse "eu tinha chorado", mas sua explicação é incrível! Agora eu entendo perfeitamente, muito obrigado MG! :)

Suas aulas de português são uma grande ajuda. Como eu disse anteriormente, não dominei o português, mas estou chegando lá.

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Level 43
Aug 7, 2021
Se você quiser, podemos ter um grupo de aulas de português, apenas caso você quiser realmente aprender. Não estou pressionando :)
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Level 62
Aug 7, 2021
Sure! That would be amazing. I don't need a lot of Portuguese teaching since I can already fluently talk in the language, but I haven't yet fully mastered it. I don't want to trouble you but if you can, then thanks so much :)
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Level 43
Aug 7, 2021
Don’t worry! You can tell me what you already learned in the group. I can suggest you some courses also if you want, in addition to my teaching skills lol! We can do a test like that again, and, at the parts you have doubt, or got wrong, I can explain you. I’ll create the group if you don’t mind. If I may ask, which languages can you speak? I’m in a intermediary level in English, and I’m learning Italian, as my ancestry is Italian. And that’s why I conquered these romans of the blog easily :)
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Level 62
Aug 7, 2021
Lol I never knew you are learning to speak Italian!

English is my first language, which I can speak fluently. I can also speak French and Spanish, as well as Portuguese fluently. I am also learning to speak a bit of Hindi but I have only learnt a few words.

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Level 43
Aug 7, 2021
Nice!
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Level 62
Aug 7, 2021
:)
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Level 65
Jul 29, 2021
United India! I'm actually going to make a similar video about that on my youtube channel soon, maybe I could share that when you make the blog if I'm done with it by then.

And also great blog!

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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Thanks so much! I'll add your vote to the polls and I can't wait for the video to come out! Since I am already subscribed to your channel I will get the notification for when it comes out. I'm sure it will be very interesting! :)

If the Indian Subcontinent doesn't win the vote this time, I will make sure that the blog after next is definitely a United Indian Subcontinent so that you can share the video when you are done :)

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Level 65
Jul 29, 2021
Also if you do unified India make me emperor
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol I will definitely remember to crown you leader when the time comes for the subcontinent to unite. (Btw, I commented on one of your videos. It was your 100 Subs Q&A one)
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Brazil Empire? Don’t forget of Cis (Cisplatina, actual Uruguay Cis)!
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol yes I won't forget!
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Oh! And remove Acre! Wait, but Acre is already... what is Acre?
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Ok I will lol! At this point I have like 10 suggestions for empires just from this day 😂

Altogether, I have 18 new empires to do on my list.

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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
At least you have work in a single series. I have too:

Continue the SVG for BNMGC (Build the National Monument by Guessing Cities) #4

Do five other SVGS (one normal, and four for a series

Finish Minas Gerais blogs

More blog ideas coming! I can’t stop!!

Govern the world. Soon, the Moon will be mine... mwahahaha!

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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
And I think I have more stuff for do ;-;
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Lol I see that Governing the World and planning an invasion of Mars, Venus and the Moon is hard work!
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Don’t forget Saturn :) Let me start with SaturnTheQuizzer, or SaturnPL ;)
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Aren’t we commenting to much? Continue in a less-take quiz of me :)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Yes good idea. Which quiz of yours exactly?
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
You can choose! The only thing I’ll comment here after, is the difference of Brazil Empire and Brazil nowadays you asked me :)
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Level 62
Jul 29, 2021
Okay. I will go for the one with the least amount of takes.
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Level 66
Jul 29, 2021
I vote for Liberia.
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
?

Liberia is not an option nor is it an empire.

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Level 66
Jul 31, 2021
Except- the U.S. is an empire, due to its “need” to conquer territory. They technically formed Liberia so I mean my random joking comment might be justified…
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Level 62
Jul 31, 2021
Lol somehow your justification is actually a good one but the only thing is, it isn't a voting option.
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2021
Mongol Empire lol
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
Oh no please don't make it start like this lol
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Level 54
Jul 30, 2021
Nice, Voting for nothing
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2021
Lol
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2021
62 comments, and only 3 votes...
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Level 62
Jul 31, 2021
I know right lol! This is the most comments I've ever got on a blog and also my least amount of voters on a blog!
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Level 54
Jul 30, 2021
Really interesting, great blog as always!!
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Level 62
Jul 31, 2021
Thanks so much!
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Level 59
Aug 11, 2021
rip austria hungary. sorry nobody voted for you :(
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Level 62
Aug 11, 2021
Lol yes :(