Soviet EmpireSoviet Empire was a term used to critically describe the actions and nature of the Soviet Union. It gained popularity after US President Ronald Reagan famously denounced the USSR as an "Evil Empire" in a 1982 speech to the House of Commons.
Some of the Imperial features of the Soviet Union included:
- Territorial expansion through invasion
- Interest in conquering "foreign" lands (eg: Afghanistan)
- Strong central "Imperial" government controlling the governments of all subsidiary territories
- Imposition of puppet governments in neighbouring countries
At the height of its existence, the "Soviet Empire" consisted of the following nations: