The Flag of Southern Rhodesia, relevant to all Turtledove Works


Zimbabwe--Usually known as Southern Rhodesia in Turtledove's works

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.

Zimbabwe in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

After Germany won the Second World War, Southern Rhodesia was integrated into Germany's empire.[1] It remained part of the Reich into the 21st century.

Zimbabwe in WorldwarEdit

Southern Rhodesia (along with the rest of Africa) was quickly conquered by the Race during their invasion of Earth in 1942. The United Kingdom formally recognised Rhodesia as a Race colony at the Peace of Cairo in 1944.[2]

Zimbabwe in Southern VictoryEdit

Jake Featherston did not attempt to flee to Rhodesia by boat. This was a smart move on his part, because had he attempted to do so he would have run aground; Rhodesia is landlocked.

See alsoEdit


  1. In the Presence of Mine Enemies, pg. 26, most of Africa is said to be in red on a world map.
  2. Colonization map.

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