The Old World
Europe has roughly the same size economy, population and land area as the United States, although it is split into about 30 countries. The European Union has 28 member nations, 19 use the Euro, and NATO has 26 European members. From Iceland over to Russia and down to Turkey lies the continent referred to as Europe. From the ancient Roman Empire that ruled the known world 2000 years ago, to the British that controlled almost 25% of the world less than 100 years ago, this continent was arguably the birthplace of the industrial revolution, communism, fascism, and exploration. It was also the cause of the world's most destructive wars.