Austria has the misfortune of being located directly between two Axis countries, Hitler's Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Fascist Italy. Austria is landlocked and no coastline. Austria is also home to one of Europe's most famous landmarks, the Alps, stretching as far east as Russia, right across central Europe into France. This gives Austria unique landscape, varying from open plains and farmlands to towering, snow-capped mountain peaks. Austria has cold winters and mild summers, with hills tapering off to the north and east. There is plenty of rain in the lowlands.
The local inhabitants of Austria are relatively quite, and since 1938, have been subject to the Germans. Many of the Austria Jews have been rounded up and moved to concentration camps in other parts of Europe, while the remainder of the population has either joined underground resistance, fled the country, or joined Hitler's expanding Reich.
Austria has been slowing crumbling politically since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. Since then the country remained mostly unimportant to other major world powers until it became the first country to fall to Germany in the spring of 1938, in which the country was dissolved and absorbed into what has become known as Greater Germany. Austria was forced into capitulating to Hitler more through political chaos and pressuring rather than through conventional warfare. No major efforts have been made to recapture the country.