I recently read The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck and I noticed that the conquerors and the conquered are not defined. Throughout the novel are several allusions that the conquerors are German. They talk about "the Leader"; Colonel Lanser says,
I've helped to occupy countries before. I was in Belgium twenty years ago and in France.
and the novel was written during World War II (1942 to be exact) but there is no indication who the conquered are.
It seems to be a European country since there is talk about America but my edition (Pan Books) says that the novel is set in Norway. I couldn't find the exact quote (book is at home, if necessary I can upload a photo later) but did find this summary from another Pan Books edition (emphasis is mine):
In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the emotions of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the spirited patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature.
Except for this comment on Goodreads:
While not directly naming either Norway or Germany, the reader understands that the setting is Norway during the Nazi German occupation, which began in 1940.
I can't find any source/evidence that it is indeed set in Norway?