Swabia (sometimes Suabia or Svebia) (German: Schwaben, also Schwabenland or Ländle) is a cultural, historic and linguistic region in Germany.
Like many cultural regions of Europe, Swabia's borders are not clearly defined. However, it is normally thought of as consisting of Württemberg (including the Hohenzollerische Lande), and the Bavarian administrative region of Swabia.
In the Middle Ages, the term Swabia indicated a larger area.
At the time of the Ring of Fire, Swabia was part of the Holy Roman Empire. In July, 1632, Octavio Piccolomini led a group of Swabian mercenaries against the town of Suhl in the New United States. Generally, the Swabians were held in low regard by ally and enemy alike.
In 1634, the Congress of Copenhagen called for the creation of a Province of Swabia within the United States of Europe, once the area was "pacified". At the time, it was the scene of maneuvering between Gustav Horn and Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, and was effectively under military occupation.
Much of Swabia was in Württemberg, which was admitted to the USE in late 1635. As of March 1636, the future status of the rest of Swabia still appeared uncertain.