|Capital||St. Petersburg (9,607,143 inh)|
|Largest City||St. Petersburg (9,607,143 inh)|
|Government Type||Absolute Monarchy|
|National Anthem||God save the Tsar|
|National Motto||God is with us|
|GDP PPP 2007||$ 3, 786 trillion (7th)|
|GDP Nominal||$ 3, 456 trillion (8th)|
|Tsar||Ivan III "the almighty"|
|Armed Forces||1.1 million men|
The Russian Empire (Pre-reform Russian: Россійская Имперія, Modern Russian: Российская Империя, translit: Rossiyskaya Imperiya) is a state that have existed since 1721. It was the successor to the Tsardom of Russia. It is the second largest contiguous empire the world had seen, surpassed only by the Mongol Empire. At one point in 1866, it stretched from eastern Europe, across Asia, and into North America. Since the beginning of the 19th century, Russia is the largest country in the world, extending from the Arctic Ocean to the north to the Black Sea on the south, from the Baltic Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean on the east. Across this vast realm are scattered the Emperor's 196.4 million subjects, the sixth largest population of the world, but still represented a great disparity in economic, ethnic, and religious positions. Its government, ruled by the Emperor, is one of the last absolute monarchies left in Europe. Prior to the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 Russia was one of the five major Great Powers of Europe.
Few men have had such a massive effect on the history of the 20th century, as Tsar Alexei II of Russia. Not only did he restore the Russian monarchy, after the rule of the communists, he also reinvigorated the Russian Empire and allowed it to become one of the dominant forces on the European continent, with the isolated German Reich it's only rival. Despite his achievements, the Tsar suffered an early death due to chronic hemophilia on April 12th 1946, but with the peace of the world assured.