Ethiopia is a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the east and Djibouti to the north-east.
Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and Africa's second-most populous nation. Ethiopia has yielded some of humanity's oldest traces, making the area important in the history of humanevolution. Many religions, including certain lesser-known Christian denominations, have deep cultural connections to Ethiopia.
In ancient times, the name "Ethiopia" was applied to various locations in Africa and Asia. After the dominance of European culture, "Ethiopian" became interchangeable with "African," as it was one of the most famous and romanticized cultures south of the Sahara.
In the original myth, Cepheus and his family were from Jaffa, in one of the many regions generically referred to as "Aethiopia" by the Ancient Greeks; see top of this page. As Harry Turtledove's freely adapted version identifies Cepheus' homeland only as "Ethiopia," it is included here for convenience.
For much of the Second World War, Abyssinia was a desultory, secondary front of of combat between Britain and Italy. In 1940, campaigns in that theater were on so small a scale (especially compared with the fighting in the European mainland) that it was considered safe for civilians to travel through the combat zone.
While fighting stopped from mid 1940-1941 as a consequence of the Big Switch, the front re-opened after the Big Switch ended, and the British government became nervous that Italy could use Abyssinia as launching point for an invasion of Egypt.