Population: 37.5 million
was a massive empire sitting on the far eastern edge of
after and during the French Revolution
and Napoleonic Wars, expansionist Russia was regularly involved
in hostilities with its neighbours - Sweden, Poland, Turkey
until 1796 by Catherine the Great, the nation then suffered
under "Mad" Tsar Paul
I - until his assassination in 1801.
brought his son Alexander I
to the throne and he did his best to counter the increasing
power of France under Napoleon
various treaties and alliances - including some with France
- Tsar Alexander managed to keep Russia influential, without
being continually at war with Paris.