The Orthodox Empire is one of the strongest nations in Europe, and the strongest Christian nation in the world. Long the sole defender of the Christian faith, the Orthodox Empire has only found recent support in the Scandinavian countries.
Through the 17th and 18th Centuries, the Republic of the Two Nations took advantage of the natural animosity between the Orthodox Empire and Malorussia. Historians agree that had the Orthodox Empire not been so concerned about the invasive efforts of the Islamic states, the Republic of the Two Nations would have been quickly sundered, and partitioned between them and the Teutonic Knights.
An uneasy detente exists between the Orthodox Empire and the rest of the world.