Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, bordering on South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana. For much of its history, Zimbabwe was part of the British colony known as generally as "Rhodesia". The borders that became Zimbabwe were formed in 1901 as Southern Rhodesia, situated north of the Limpopo River and the Union of South Africa. From 1965 to 1979, it was an unrecognized state called the Republic of Rhodesia. After a period of guerrilla warfare, it became the independent and recognized Republic of Zimbabwe.
Most Harry Turtledove works are set at a time when the country was still Southern Rhodesia.