Switzerland is a country in Europe. It is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It was formerly a part of the Holy Roman Empire.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Italian Renaissance also spread up north into Switzerland, which then influenced individuals like the scholar Bombastus. Several Swiss mercenaries also were employed by Pope Sixtus IV during his pontificate; in the following years, these troops became the foundation for the Papal Guard that was used by the Borgia during the Italian Wars, eventually becoming the modern-day Pontifical Swiss Guard.
By the time of World War II, Switzerland joined neither the Allies or Axis Powers. Switzerland was nonetheless drawn into the conflict, and the Assassin Brotherhood used a cabin in the Swiss Alps as a base to train, supply and lead local Maquis cells in their conflict with the Germans.
After escaping from Abstergo Industries' facility in Rome in September 2012, Lucy Stillman planned to bring her Assassin team to the cabin; however, roadblocks set up at the Italy-Switzerland border forced the group to travel to Monteriggioni instead.