Top Ten Most Brutal Empires In History

The worlds most brutal and violent empires in history.
The Top Ten
1 Mongol Empire

Mongols were messed up. There was a point where they made streams go black because of all the books they dumped in the water as the ink polluted everything. Many died. Countries such as the Arab lands and China were major victims.

They conquered China brutally and set up an ultra-totalitarian government. There is even a social class system which allows Mongols to get away with killing Han Chinese. Worst empire of all time -100/10

Yea, the British Empire had some very rough spells, but the Mongol Empire, in it's 160 or so years, killed AT LEAST 30,000,000 people, with some accounts of up to 70,000,000 people throughout their conquests.

Us Brits were bad (we should have treated them better), but we looked like nappy babies compared to the Mongols. They killed 40% of the population!

2 British Empire

Genocidal Britain == Jeffrey Dahmer amongst nations.

They have been murdering/torturing/starving Irish people since Oliver Cromwell to the 1798 Irish rebellion to the Great Famine aka Great Genocide to the Black&Tans to Dublin Monaghan bombings to killing civilians in Derry (google all of it).

They have murdered to extinction countless millions of Native Americans and indigenous Australians.

They have murdered/starved/tortured tens of millions of Indians from 1757 to 1947.

Also google Opium Wars, Batang Kali, Boer concentration camps etc.

The main problems were definitely the beginnings of slave trade and the fact that they never seemed to realise when they couldn't remain in control safely. When it grew large enough, other countries started to take advantage. However, instead of making compromises, its answer to everything was bloodshed.

They were more of thieves without souls. People there still saying we ruled just tells how soulless people they are. They imposed religion, started education so they could demolish the regional history and teach that brits were good. Created transportation for their own benefits with taxes imposed on regional people. Not a single good thing came out of them.

This is absolute garbage. The French, Belgians, Spanish and Portuguese were all far worse than the British. The Brits were not saints by any means and many less than savory things happened (more than I've got time to list here) but generally their Empire was far more neutral than others. Railways, roads, hospitals, education, religion etc etc. were all taken around the world. That is why their legal system forms the basis for much of the world, their tongue is the most influential and western culture with all its freedoms predominates.

3 Japanese Empire

They did far worse atrocities to other Asians and Europeans alike in southeast Asia than anything the Germans did, and the only people who deny it are Japanese. The Germans abided by the Geneva convention and treated their prisoners of war quite well, but the Japanese thought torture was a good way to treat them. Germans were said to have used Belgian babies for bayonet practice in WWI, the Japanese ACTUALLY USED Chinese babies for bayonet practice.

The one thing admirable about them is their system of honour, but not when it includes torture and destruction.

They did many evil things to China, people in the Korean Peninsula, the residents of Nanking (goes with China), Russia (kicked them out of Manchuria), America, the United States and Territories (Guam, Philippines, etc.), The Netherlands, France, Britain (British Raj and Malaysia: Uk, French Indochina: France, Indonesia: Netherlands). They also Took some minor islands from Germany during WWI. They have turned many of the Chinese ‘states’ nationalist, forced Thailand to join them in the occupation of the British Raj, and persecuted many minorities just like Josef (Joseph? ) Stalin and Adolfus Hitler. Truly an evil Empire.

Deserves its place, absolute nightmare

Too much massacres. The Nanjing massacre is nightmareish.

4 Nazi Germany

Should be at number 1 for this because of how bad they were during world war I and world war II. Think about what the NAZIS did to more than a million people from countries in Europe. By far responsible for overpowering for what they believed in which was going out and ruling the world by doing in mass killings. Such a sad time. The Nazis were also responsible for the mass killing of the Jews. Blows my mind that Nazi Germany is not at number 1 when they should be. The Nazis did the worst thing by far that no other empire could imagine or not even think to do and yet continued to follow through in HITLER'S ORDERS!

Read my comment on the Japanese. Yes, it was racist and evil, but nowhere near what some other empires did, even the USSR.

The fact that this is not number one boggles my mind. The Nazis caused the bloodiest war in all of human history and wreaked unprecedented destruction across Europe, bringing more deaths to Europe than any other empire in history. They killed millions of their own citizens, and foreign ones, deliberately, in what is perhaps the worst genocide that has ever occurred. However, what they actually managed to accomplish pales in comparison to what they planned. Hitler's intention was to wipe every last Slav off the face of the Earth, he hated them as much as he hated Jews. He would have literally eradicated the entire population of the Soviet Union and the other Slavic countries, approaching TWO HUNDRED MILLION people, in order to forge his racially pure German empire. This is not even mentioning the other races that would also have been victim to his conquests, such as the Africans. I doubt anything even close to this has even been considered throughout history: the Mongols, the colonial ...more

If Hitler was still alive, I'd probably get sent to concentration camp too as an Asian.
Screw you Hitler! So glad you died centuries ago!

Screw Hitler. Screw the Nazis. Nothing but a bunch of genocidal maniacs who left a stain on German history.

5 Assyrian Empire

They would be the ancient nazis combined with isis. They share similar thinking to that of the nazis controll,superiority and propaganda. But of course when comes down to the most evil one its definitely Nazis since they killed 6 million innocent jews without a reason but just dumbness plus the assyrian empire was also an good empire since they had schools, literature,eduaction,good agriculture,rich cities, good army system and democratic laws(but not the modern law) It was okay being a gay man in ancient assyria but not an lesbian since gender roles was a huge thing in Assyria since women were treated differnetly than males. Altough its absurd to say that the ancient assyrian empire was similar to isis or isil their warfare and torture would be similar to them in modern times.

"Many of the captives I have taken and burned in a fire. Many I took alive; from some I cut off their hands to the wrists, from others I cut off their noses, ears and fingers; I put out the eyes of many of the soldiers. I burned their young men, women and children to death." About a conquest in another vanquished city he wrote: "I flayed the nobles as many as rebelled; and [I] spread their skins out on the piles."

"I slew 14,000 of their warriors with the sword. Like Adad, I rained destruction on them. I scattered their corpses far and wide, (and) covered the face of the desolate plain with their widespreading armies. With (my) weapons I made their blood to flow down the valleys of the land. The plain was too small for their bodies to fall; the wide countryside was used to bury them. With their corpses I spanned the Arantu (Orontes) as with a bridge."

While they did have a massive library, they perhaps were the most militaristic empire of ancient times. They deported ...more

6 Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman empire was actually good just because they are muslim does not mean you have to hate. I am North African they did not do any damage I embrace that part of me. The British are way worse.

I think that the Ottomans wanted peace and if you watch resurrection Osman and Ertugrul they just want to spread Islamic faith. Mongols definitely are #1 ☪️

Also, read about how they did the North African slave trade for over 1,000 years. It was the most brutal slavery ever. Read what they did to the male slaves, too.

These guys ruined north Africa and middle east forever. And major damage to Balkan region. And do not forget the armenian genocide!

7 Belgian Empire

The Belgian Congo was called "the heart of darkness" for very good reasons. They were far more cruel and brutal than all the other European Empires combined.

If anyone thinks the British, French, Spanish empires were brutal, then they need to read up about the Belgian Congo. That is horrendous to read about.

Really nasty, the worst of all the recent Empires.

8 Timurid Empire

The Timurid Empire was one of the most brutal empires in history. Located in Western Asia, spanning from modern day Iraq to the west to Afghanistan to the east. The Timurids were incredibly cruel to their people. Some even say Amir Timur, the founder of the empire was comparable to the Mongols.

9 Soviet Empire

The Holomador killed 6 Million Ukrainians in a man made famine. Removed Ukrainian culture from Kuban, and caused the Donbass War we have today. This would show a long line of Russification where Stalin would deport many of an ethnicity to Siberia and replace them with Russians so as to keep Rebellion from happen. Today, 25 percent of Khazakstan and Estonia and 17 percent of Ukraine is Russian

Well seeing as Stalin alone killed around 60 million people in a couple of decades it hard to argue. Oh and they killed the Jews too.

That's almost half of the entire population! How would they have survived that then? Where's your logic?

Holocaust=1 or 6 million killed
A Famine Soviet=20 or 30 million killed but hidden (except few of them know at least.)
(500yrs)Indian Genoicide=100 million but 80% very hidden.

German NSDAP: Do I look like a joke to you?

This should be number one! Stalin killed way more people than Hitler and he killed his own people.

10 Russian Empire

It used to be, until 1991 when Putin tore up Soviet

This is Austria’s flag not Russia’s(before Austria-Hungary)

This is wrong. Below the Yellow bar is a white bar that is very hard to see.

The Contenders
11 Aztec Empire

Can you spell ritualized cannibalism of enemy combatants and vestal virgins alike? Hundreds of thousands BBQ'ed.

Ha! If the Aztecs had nukes we would have wiped off every country off the map

I thought of this too

12 Spanish Empire

They liberated the oppressed by killing their oppressors. That is why nearby neighbors of the Aztecs offered to become their allies as soon as they had found out about their plan. They were tired of being bullied for centuries. They also ended human sacrifices in the Americas. Before them the Aztecs would sacrifice anyone. Men, woman and children. Especially their captured prisoners of war. After all of this they married the locals and created an empire that lasted for nearly 300 years, and at one point, being the biggest and most powerful empire at the time.

The Spanish slaughtered over 15 million Aztec people. The Aztecs were not evil at all. Human sacrifices happened very rarely. We kill prisoners of war too, but we just don't offer the hearts to the sun god. All of those "evil" things that the Aztecs did were just propaganda created by the Spaniards to make people like you think that the Aztecs were evil.

The Spanish Empire lead to the death of almost every Native American tribe in South/Central America.

F in chat for the aztec, maya and incas. Some of the greatest empires in history...

13 Roman Empire

The Roman Empire wasn't as bad as Nazi Germany or North Korea, but they were still very brutal. By far one of the most evil countries in world history.

The Roman Empire deserves first place. They mistreated their people in many bad torturous ways that would be illegal today. For starters, they’d peel your skin off when you’re still alive, they set people on fire, they would even kill people by waking people with sticks to death. Of course, they’d also make people watch these deaths happen like in arenas when gladiators thought ferocious animal or other gladiators.

They deserved to be destroyed by the barbarian invasions and the Ottoman Empire.

Second I thought of along with Greece and British empire

14 French Empire

I don't understand why France has a worse empire than Spain. Just look at the difference between Haiti and Dominican Republic. DR is much richer than Haiti because of what the Spanish did compared to what the French did. Obviously there are other factors to Haiti and its poor development but I feel like this a key factor which determines Haiti's poverty.

The French Empire over history wasn't so bad, but the crimes they commited during Algeria's struggle for independence are astonishing. They would open fire on PEACEFUL protestors, and were often too controlling.

15 Portuguese Empire

In the 1970s, the Portuguese were losing their Empire, so they decided that the best way to keep it was to commit genocide throughout Africa. And all to own a fraction of a pebble.

They turn the angola people into slaves

This is Portugal now

Evil things the Portuguese empire did

1. They invented the slave trade
2. They tortured the people of Angola
3. The Goa Inquisition (look it up)
4. In the 1990s, Portugal was told by a few nations to release it's colonies, and you know what they said? THEY SAID NO AND STARTED A MASS GENOCIDE IN THE EMPIRE BY KILLING CIVILIANS

16 ISIS (Caliphate)

Its not an empire and it don't have any match with proper chaliphat..
Isis is a terrorist group has been created by america to rob arabs massive oil resources
And I think the name should be USA it self instead of the chaliphat in the list

I don't think it is a caliphate, by the way. It’s not even considered an empire to my perspective. To me, it is a terrorist group in Iraq and Syria that persecutes certain unwanted groups.

Bruh they took a lot of land and basically they were terrorizing the occupied land

17 Abbasid Caliphate
18 The People's Republic of China

Not an empire

19 German Empire

The best empire

20 Dutch Empire

Robbing Surinams natural sources
Police actions in Indonesia

21 Persian Empire

Although Persia's often considered a tolerant empire for its time and sometimes rightfully so (especially with Cyrus issuing the Edict of Toleration), it was not tolerant to the people that didn't submit to their rule upon conquest. The Achaemenid shahs slaughtered, subjugated, and DESTROYED the history of entire foreign peoples. Completely erased. Herodotus even gives an account of how the Lydians were destroyed disarmed and pacified by the Persians, and had their honour and culture erased.

22 Greek Empire

Hey, what you doing? should be in top 5 Greece-balkans-egypt and everything until india!The half of the world population was speaking greek.AND it's greek empire the greeks trusted as their leader Alexander of the kingdom of Macedonia which actually is greek and it has not any affair with north macedonia who they are Slavs and came in the area thousand years after alexander died! and alexander family was from Argos-Peloponnese!

Best empire! Just kidding! They were amongst the most barbaric people of antiquity, who disguised themselves as philosophers and freedom fighting people, which couldn't be further from the truth! Their philosophy for example named woman to be corpses which imprisoned the human soul! If that is the kind of philosophy that the west wants to see as their cultural heritage, I will be out! And the PERSIAN vision of freedom contained to be able to enslave which ever people they wanted without having greater forces like the Persians who in fact forbid slavery throughout their empires history, to take away the Hellenistic will to be immoral people! It's so absurd how they used to call the Persians barbarians. Haha THE PERSIANS freed the Jews from Babylon and helped them rebuild their temple! And the first charter of human rights was created by the Persians too! What did the hypocritical Greeks do? Giving them credit for having "saved" western culture and values is straight up wrong and ...more

Just to the guy above, seriously, what have you been drinking? I want some too!

There never was a Greek empire. It was the Macedonian empire.

23 Mughal Empire

Mughal empire was so strong that it could have conquered whole China and Asia because Indian subcontinent that they lived in was most richest and strong with its army.

24 Italian Empire

Italy's colonial rule in Libya was a brutal one. Even when the war for Libya was going on the italians already commited crimes by creating the so called Tripoli massacre, 10 thousand turkish and arab tropps were put in concentration camps, there all turkish tropps were executed.
During ww1 libyan tribes men rose up against their colonial rulers, the italian didn't fully engage this until Mussolini came into power and 'pacificated' the region by bombing villages, men, women and children were executed daily and put in concentration camps. It was estimated that half of Libya's population got killed or 'relocated' during that period.
During the second Italo-Abyssinian war, due to international pressure Mussolini authorised chemical weapons, 1/4 of Ethiopia's population would die during that war.
During WW2 Italy commited autrocities in the balkans like the Domenikon massace in Greece. The italians used a very brutal tactics to quel rebellions in Yugoslavia, such as for every ...more

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