In 1983, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “Evil Empire” in a famous speech delivered to a group of evangelical leaders in Orlando, Florida. It was during the height of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, and it certainly fanned the flames of mistrust between the two countries.
Decades later, the Soviet Union is no more, but the former republics, notably Russia, show an affinity to an Empire of a different kind. According to an infographic released by Disney, players of Star Wars: Commander in the former Soviet republics show a clear preference to playing on the side of the Galactic Empire versus the Rebel Alliance.
To be fair, the breakdown is close to 50/50 in most countries, and even Canada and the USA show a bias to the Empire. Interestingly, many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly in South America and Africa, tend to pick the Rebel Alliance.