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Old October 17th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #11

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The Scandinavian Empire that existed for a short time under Cnut.
It comprised England, Denmark, Norway, southern Sweden, the Northen Islands and had Scotland, Wales, Eastern Ireland and Scandinavian-ruled Normandy and Poland as vassals.
It history it fell apart after Cnut's death, but with a more centralised organisation and cohesian among Nordic people, it could well have included Rus and with the Normans, dominated Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.


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Someone's been randomly messing around in MS Paint - because those boundaries lack any topographic, economic or cultural substance. Just a wiggly line across Europe.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #13

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Empire covering the Tibetan plateau and Himalayas

actually one can't say that such empire never existed. Tibet formed such empire. But as far as i know their gains were momentarily. They weren't able to hold all the parts of empire for very long time. It would have been very unique empire as such it linked many differant civilizations and cultures.

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Gorkhas in the 17th century also had potential to conqure the himalayan range (and may be tibet also) but their advance was halted by the untimely intervention from britishers.
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Indian empire in 8th-9th centruy

In the 9th century, India was divided between three powerful empires - Gurjara-pratihara , Rashtrakutas and Palas. All three were very powerful dynasties. Infact Rashtrakutas alone were described as one of the four powerful empires on the earth at that time by arabs. Gurjara pratihara were one of the few, who defeated the arab caliphate at that time. IF the India would have been under the rule of either one of them, it would have been much powerful and subsequent history of India might have been differant too.

Unfortunately all 3 ended up fighting each other in the famous tripartite struggle for kanauj in which all 3 exhausted themselves.

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The Latvian Empire - soon....

Question: Please tell whether the Yuan will be strengthening or weakening against a basket of currencies when Riga dictates to Beijing???
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The Angevin Empire comes to mind.
It could have been a substantial empire but it was disparate, unwieldy and difficult to manage. It possibly also would have helped if Henry II had have had more cooperative sons who weren't intent on tearing each other to bits.

I kind of put Henry II and Edward III into the same basket when it comes to their respective families. Having only one heir is risky, especially in a time where it was easy to get an injury or disease and just die. However, having too many heirs has it's own problems. Henry I's argumentative sons and Edward III's Children, Grand children and great children who eventually wiped themselves out.

I am a big fan of the Plantagenets.....
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