Empire facts for kids
An empire is a set of lands or regions that are ruled by an emperor. Usually the emperor will have governors, viceroys or client kings who each rule one land or region. An empire will usually also have many different cultures.
Well-known empires include the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire.
Today, the only monarch to use the title "emperor" is the Emperor of Japan, although his power is mostly ceremonial and the de facto head of government is the Prime-Minister of Japan.
The British Empire was the largest land empire in history.
Images for kids
The Roman Empire at its territorial greatest extent in 117 AD, the time of Trajan's death (with its vassals in pink)
All areas of the world that were once part of the Portuguese Empire. The Portuguese established in the early 16th century together with the Spanish Empire the first global empire and trade network.
Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar