After I finish Stross' "Glasshouse," I'm going to tuck into Heather's "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (no beating around the bush with all that Decline business).
So I fired up wiki to go looking for any modern day empires. America? Check, got it.
But the Eurosphere? That's a new one to me. I always saw Europe as getting rolled in the Euromed partnership or by GAZPROM. But who nows, maybe that old dog's got some life in her yet.
LORDY. If you want a description of the Eurosphere in Orwellian bureaucratese, then go here:
EUROSPHERE is a European Commission-funded Integrated Project within the 6th Framework Programme.