More then 30 nations gets its independence from Britain. More then 15 nations gets its independence from Russia. British empire was called " The empire on which the sun never sets" - originally it was a reference to the Spanish Empire. Russia each year (from late 17th century to the 1886) expanded for size of modern day Belgium. Each Romanov tsar left Russia bigger then empire during reign of her/his predecessor. During second half of 19th century (after Crimean War), British Empire was stronger then combined forces of continental European powers. Soviet Russia in second half of 20th century was stronger then combined forces of continental European powers. Along Spanish, Mandarin and French language, English and Russian are consider among top 5 most powerful languages. British empire kickstarted Industrial age, Soviet Russians kickstarted Space Age. Except Russians and British no other nation in history of the world didnt fight with French, Ottomans, Germans, Americans and Chinese. Only Russians and British fought all of them. When we combined sphere of influence of British Empire and Soviet Russia at their peak of power - they covered almost 70% of planet Earth.