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United States Armed Forces
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U.S.A.F. star, with and without the olive drab background
Overview
leadershipAnchorage Reclamation
- General Constantine Chase
Forces in Canada
- General Buzz Babcock
Hopeville Missile Base
- General Martin Retslaf
Sierra Army Depot
- General Clifton
Big MT Research Facility
- General Wellesley
West Tek Research Facility (former)
Mariposa Military Base (later)
- Colonel Robert Spindel
Forward Depot
- General Victor Breckenridge
foundedFounding Fathers of the United States of America
Society
notable membersAir Force
Col. Hartigan
Capt. Carl Bell
Army
Cpt. Roger Maxson
Lt. Thomas Morgan
Pvt. Elliott Tercorien
Dr. Adrienn Adami
Marines
GySgt. Benjamin Montgomery
Territory
headquartersPentagon (defunct)
notable locationsMariposa Military Base
Lost Hills Security Bunker
Sierra Army Depot
Toxic Waste Dump Security Bunker
Tibbets Military Prison Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
Los Alamos Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
MacArthur Army Base Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
Bunker Alpha, Beta and Gamma
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Peoria facility
Cheyenne Mountain
Kansas City silo complex
Fort Bannister
Fort Constantine
Fort Independence
Raven Rock
National Guard Depot
Wheaton Armory
Rivet City Aircraft Carrier
US Army Field Headquarters
Elemndorf Air Force Base
Artillery Overlook
Adams Air Force Base
Turtledove Detention Camp
Nellis Air Force Base
Hoover Dam
McCarran Airport
Hidden Valley
Hopeville Missile Base
Yuma Proving Ground
Relations and associations
child entities44th Bombardment Group
8063rd
82nd Airborne Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
108th Infantry Battalion
Intelligence Corps
Commonwealth Defense Administration
Ballistic Defense Division
related entitiesBrotherhood of Steel
Enclave
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The United States Armed Forces were the federal military forces of the United States of America, consisting of five branches: The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. Though the civilian government formerly exercised control over the military, the Resource Wars combined with the deteriorating economic situation led to the erosion of civilian authority and gradual transition of a federal republic into a military junta, with the President of the United States exercising dictatorial control over the state.[1]

Following the collapse of the United States in the Great War, surviving USAF military units and servicemen would become a crucial influence on the United States, founding the Brotherhood of Steel, the Enclave, Junktown, or otherwise influencing entire communities.

History[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Pre-Divergence military history of the United States

The United States military was a crucial tool of the United States foreign policy from the beginning and the formation of the Continental Army. Throughout the 20th century, they participated in numerous wars, including the First World War and the Second World War. The Armed Forces have also worked towards the militarization of space, with the first tentative steps being taken during the Virgo II lunar landing.[2] The first steps were taken with the pioneering flight of Defiance 7 on May 5, 1961, when Captain Carl Bell became the first human in space. However, the claim was widely disputed by the Soviet Union and China.[3] By the end of the decade, the United States had achieved victory in the space race, as the Virgo II lunar lander touched down on the surface of Earth's moon on July 16, 1969. Valiant 11 mission members, Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris, and Captain Michael Hagen became the first humans to walk on the surface of another celestial body[4] - with weapons drawn.[2] With the gradual exhaustion of resources, the space exploration program would peter out by 2034, when the remaining space exploration vehicles like the Delta IX were converted to military ordnance - foreshadowing the eventual fate of the American state.[5]

The Resource Wars[edit | edit source]

An increasingly aggressive foreign policy resulted in the Armed Forces being increasingly used to influence foreign entities. One of the first major examples of this 2051, when the United States began exerting pressure on Mexico to protect their economic interests there, primarily the crude oil supply. The U.S. deliberately destabilized the country through economic pressure, paving the way for a military invasion. American units seized oil refineries and infrastructure to ensure the flow of crude oil did not cease.[6] However, it did little to avert the crisis. As the Texan oil fields ran dry, their withering husks revealed to the American public just how deep the resource and energy crisis was, in a landmark 2052 television documentary.[7] Not long afterwards, rising oil prices worldwide bankrupted smaller nations and lead to the European Commonwealth declaring war on the Middle East; the United States was severely affected by the skyrocketing prices of oil.[8] The dissolution of the United Nations in July ensured that no international body would mediate between nations, allowing for unrestricted use of military force..[9][10]

Nuclear exchanges in the Middle East and the devastating Euro-Middle Eastern War, coupled with the New Plague reaping a deadly harvest caused the government to initiate Project Safehouse in 2054. Vault-Tec Industries won the contract to construct massive nuclear shelters for the population, becoming a critical defense contractor.[11][12] Amidst an increasingly chaotic and violent international situation, the United States began to militarize. One of the first major projects emerged in 2059, as the Anchorage Front Line was established in Alaska to protect the state's natural resources and escalating tensions with Canada, as the United States military units demanded permission to guard the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline by stationing troops on Canadian soil.[13]

The Sino-American War[edit | edit source]

U.S. Army T-51 model B power armor units preparing for deployment in Alaska in January, 2077.
See also: Power armor

A year later, in 2060, available fuel reserves were on the brink of depletion worldwide. Traffic on the streets died as fuel became too valuable to waste on cars. The automotive industry desperately tried to come up with a solution to the problem, but electric and early fusion cars were too little, too late to solve the needs of society.[14] The problem was further emphasized by the collapse of the European Commonwealth and the Middle East oil powers, as the oil fields were exhausted.[15] Together with a deteriorating economy and worsening social climate, the United States began to crack.[16] The federal government used the increasing national paranoia to try and control the situation, by discouraging assemblies, fueling the anti-communist sentiment, and encouraging reporting subversive elements.[17] The Vigilant Citizen's Hotline was even established to allowed hysterical citizens to report neighbors to the government for any behavior that could be construed as in support of communism.[18] The Third Red Scare is a response to the increased hostility of the People's Republic of China and its operations on American soil.[19]

The military was particularly affected by the fuel shortages, as its vehicle fleets, especially tanks, became crippled by a lack of fuel. In response, the United States Armed Forces initiated a research program seeking to develop power armor in 2065.[20] Research, development, and prototyping pave the way for future advances in military, construction, and most importantly, cold fusion technology.[21] The military would continue research in other areas continues as well, including more powerful nuclear weapons.[22]

The breakthroughs in technology and possession of oil reserves would result in the United States clashing with the People's Republic of China. As the economy of the communist state was dependent to a much greater degree on fossil fuels than that of the U.S., China found itself on the border of collapse in spring of 2066, with oil fields finally drying up globally. With the United States unwilling to export its own reserves of crude oil, China became more aggressive in its negotiations.[23] This resulted in the July 24 declaration by the U.S. president that the last known supply of petroleum will be used exclusively by the U.S. and the U.S. will not sell or trade any oil to outside parties.[24] Adding further insult was the first crude fusion cell developed for the power armor project, revealed to the public in summer of 2066.[25][26]

Desperate to avoid collapse, China launched an invasion of Alaska to seize its natural resources. This daring, trans-Pacific military operation began the Sino-American War, the last war the United States would ever fight.[27][28][29] It also inadvertently triggers the gradual annexation of Canada, as the United States forces it to grant right of passage to American military units on the way to the Alaskan theater.[30] As China is fully committed to the Alaskan operation, United States forces find themselves outmatched and pushed back. The T-45 power armor is rapidly prototyped and pressed into production to prevent Chinese tanks and infantry from overrunning Alaska. The first units prove to be incredibly effective in defense, but somewhat lacking in offensive capabilities. As the Chinese military lost the initiative, the situation rapidly deteriorated into trench warfare as neither side was capable of breaking the stalemate and forcing peace terms on the enemy.[31]

The war consumed increasing amounts of resource, materiel, and manpower, straining the ailing American economy. To counteract this, the United States military began to liberally exploit Canadian resources. Protests from Ottawa are ignored as Canada became little more than a colony of the United States.[32] Canadian riots and protests eventually culminated in a sabotage attempt on an oil pipeline in 2072. The United States military used the incident as pretext to invade Canada outright and begin annexation.[27][33] On the domestic front, the United States Army contracted RobCo Industries and General Atomics International to collaborate on an unprecedented joint project: The creation of the most powerful combat robot in the history of warfare, to liberate Anchorage, Alaska from Chinese occupation in a display of power meant to demoralize the enemy and force them into submission. The project was meant to serve both military and propaganda needs. The former dictated the capacity, the latter the design: In the words of General Constantine Chase, initiator of the project, Liberty Prime was to embody the American military: A walking, talking, nuke-tossing hero reminding enemies of the U.S. that they picked a fight with a global super power.[34] Confident that the project would soon yield result, General Chase publicly confirmed in June 2072 that the U.S. Army was working with General Atomics and RobCo to create a superweapon meant to establish dominance of the United States on the Alaskan front.[35]

Furthermore, the aggressive use of biological weapons by the Chinese led the government to order West Tek to develop a Pan-Immunity Virion on September 15, 2073. The research would eventually evolve into the Forced Evolution Virus project.[36][37] Since West Tek was effectively nationalized two years prior (put under military command), the scientists had no other choice but to obey their military masters.[38]

One of the turning points of the War came in 2074, as despite claims of fighting a defensive war, American infantry and mechanized divisions landed in Asia, in a counter-invasion of Chinese mainland. In the Yangtze Campaign, U.S. Marines rapidly overran Shanghai and Nanjing, securing a major port for bringing in troops and materiel.[39] The economy was stretched to the breaking point as America found itself fighting a war on three fronts: Canada, Alaska, and mainland China. Neither side was willing to yield, despite eight years of constant warfare,[40] and ambitious flanking maneuvers such as the Gobi Campaign.[41]

By 2076, the war had raged for a decade. Both China and the United States teetered on the brink of collapse. In January, a permanent garrison was installed at West Tek, to ensure that the Forced Evolution Virus project remained safe from international espionage, as it entered a new stage of experimentation on dogs and chimpanzees.[42] By the end of the month, the annexation of Canada was completed. Its provinces are put under martial law - all protesters and rioters are shot on sight. Atrocities committed in the name of the Union make their way stateside, fermenting anti-governmental sentiment.[27][43]

However heinous the annexation, the military gained an advantage to offset the problems with economic strain. The introduction of the T-51 power armor in June helped tip the scales in favor of the U.S. military. The next generation power armor resolved problems existing in older generations of armor. Mechanized cavalry units outfitted with the T-51bs were sent to the Alaskan and Chinese fronts, carving a swath through Communist forces. The Chinese economy crumbled under the onslaught and supply lines from nations annexed by the Beijing regime started falling apart.[44] However, the American regime did not fare any better. In August, food and energy riots start in urban centers across the United States. A state of emergency and eventually martial law was declared, with U.S. military forces being deployed on the domestic front to fight their own countrymen. The United States became, effectively, a military junta.[45]

The Collapse of America[edit | edit source]

"Our dedicated boys keep the peace in newly annexed Canada."
United States servicemen execute a Canadian partisan on national television. The military that controls the country at this point does not care about the outrage this imagery is going to spark.

2077 began on a high note, as the Anchorage Reclamation ended with a decisive American victory on January 10, following a final offensive spearheaded by T-51 power armor units adapted to the cold environment. Despite the embarrassment of the Liberty Prime project, which failed to produce a working weapon for use in Anchorage,[46] General Constantine Chase became a national hero for his leadership in the first stages of the operation.[47][48][49] The Anchorage War Memorial was hastily erected on FDR Island to commemorate the efforts and sacrifices of American soldiers on the Alaskan front, basing on an iconic photograph taken in Anchorage.[50][51]

The victory in Alaska heralded bad news for American and Canadian citizens, as the military junta in control of the United States deployed mechanized cavalry units to Canada and the United States. Veterans of the Chinese and Alaskan fronts found themselves fighting their own countrymen, quelling riots and enforcing the national quarantine. Mounting civilian casualties snapped the loyalty of soldiers and desertions started to occur.[52][53] The situation was worsened when FEV research leaked to the public after the project was transferred to the Mariposa Military Base for human trials. The American public and surviving governments worldwide were outraged by this revelation. Many speculated that the American government was responsible for engineering the New Plague, fueling paranoia and unrest.[54]

The collapse of the Alaskan front sent the Chinese reeling as their supply lines broke down completely.[55] Faced with a rapidly disintegrating nation and China backed into a corner, the oligarchs ruling the United State retreated to remote locations around the globe, expecting a last-ditch nuclear strike from China at any moment. The oil rig was claimed by the president and key members of the junta, becoming the foundation of the future Enclave.[56] Bases across the United States were sealed and troops redeployed to feed more men into the meat grinder that the Chinese front became and sustain the American offensive.[57]

By October, the United States was virtually leaderless, continuing on simply due through inertia. When the U.S. Army security detail at Mariposa discovered the FEV experiments conducted on their comrades in arms – the very men arrested for refusing to fight their own countrymen – they rebel. However, even as Captain John Maxson declared them in full desertion from the Army and broke all ties with the United States, there is no response – the chain of command ceased to exist.[58][59]

Nuclear weapons were launched on October 23, 2077. Vaults are sealed as the air raid sirens blare for the last time. Within two hours, the United States ceased to exist as a nation, its cities vaporized in nuclear fireballs.[58] Abandoned by their leaders, the survivors began rebuilding on their own, while the oligarchs that controlled the country for so long ignored the suffering in their retreats. Those on the oil rig form the Enclave, claiming to be the government of the United States, but not lifting a finger to help.[60]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Although the United States Armed Forces ceased to exist alongside the nation they formally served (and actually controlled), they would continue to influence its history directly and indirectly. The most obvious examples is military hardware present in the wasteland, ranging from humble infantry equipment to the high tech T-51 power armor and military robots. More subtle examples include:

  • The Brotherhood of Steel formed by Roger Maxson, which became an important player in wasteland politics.
  • The Enclave, formed by the descendants of the military-industrial complex that ruled America, which almost managed to commit total global genocide.
  • Junktown, founded by a former U.S. Army serviceman.
  • The Unity, which came into existence as an unintended result of the FEV research project.

Organization[edit | edit source]

The United States Army retained the division into five separate branches that dated back to the 20th century, well into the 21st.

Army[edit | edit source]

The United States Army was one of the principal branches involved in fighting on the Alaskan front and appears to have been the principal operator of power armor. It was the Army that led the decisive push into Anchorage in 2077,[61] maintained the nuclear forces responsible for operating the United States arsenal of nuclear weapons,[62] The Army military police was also involved in carrying out Executive Order 99066, the internment of Chinese and Chinese-American persons in concentration camps.[63]

Marine Corps[edit | edit source]

The United States Marine Corps provided limited assistance to the Army during the Anchorage Reclamation,[64] but were primarily responsible for invading the Chinese mainland at Shanghai and Nanjing, due to their specialization in power projection from the sea.[65] Marines were also responsible for carrying out internment operations against aforementioned Chinese and Chinese-American persons, as well as operating the concentration camps they were interned at.[66]

Navy[edit | edit source]

The United States Navy is known to have supported U.S. military operations during the Anchorage Reclamation (leading to the unfortunate incident between USS Ebon Atoll and USS Interference[67]) and was likely responsible for organizing the counter-invasion of the Chinese mainland. Naval fighters were responsible for coastal patrols and defense.[68][69]

Air Force[edit | edit source]

The Air Force was responsible for ensuring dominance in the air and operated strategic bombing wings. Their military bases continue to play a role in the wasteland, including the Adams Air Force Base (headquarters of the Enclave in the 23rd century) and the Nellis Air Force Base (home to the Boomers in the 23rd century). Air Force formations that formed a part of the Air Force include 15th and Tenth Air Forces, as well as the 827th and 29th Bomb Squadrons.

National Guard[edit | edit source]

Main article: National Guard

The National Guard was a reserve branch of the Army and primarily served as a domestic defense and disaster relief force during peacetime. However, they could be and often were deployed abroad as front-line troops in wartime.[70]

Technology[edit | edit source]

See also: United States Armed Forces materiel and installations

By 2077 and the Great War, the United States military was the most powerful military in the world, thanks to its overwhelming technological superiority. T-60 power armor, T-51 and their older sibling, the T-45, guaranteed a qualitative advantage over any foe, thanks to their superb protection and ability to carry heavy weapons into combat, including rotary cannons usually mounted on gunships or fighters, and crew-served weapons like anti-tank missile launchers. They were essentially mobile firing positions, filling a similar (but not identical) niche as tanks. Power armor units were usually issued to mechanized cavalry formations operating on critical fronts, although significant numbers were issued to special purpose units assigned to domestic security, such as at the Mariposa Military Base.[71]

Energy weapons were another example of the United States enjoying technological superiority over any potential foe. While Germany has developed infantry fielded railguns in the form of the M72 Gauss rifle and the PPK-12 Gauss pistol (which the United States fielded as well[72]), the United States Armed Forces were entering a stage where laser and plasma weapons were entering limited deployment. While many units continued to be developed and tested,[73] production models like the Wattz 2000 were deployed with units serving in China alongside cutting-edge third generation combat armor.[74] The weapons have not yet managed to eclipse conventional armaments, but provided a significant edge to United States forces, thanks to the interchangeability of power cells: A micro-fusion cell could power anything from a close-range scattergun to a high-precision long-range laser marksman's rifle.[75]

Outside power armor and energy weapons, the Armed Forces deployed advanced, reliable technologies. The standard combat uniform of the military was combat armor, manufactured from advanced defensive polymers, providing excellent protection. Even the first generation, where the armor was manufactured as individual plates affixed to a uniform, was a great combat uniform and was used by light infantry formation well into 2077, with more advanced second and third generation suits reserved for use in China[76] or sensitive areas on the domestic front.[77] Weapons tended to be more reliable than advanced, with the rugged, reliable M199, and R91 assault rifles, the humble service rifle and/or the MP9 10mm submachine gun being the perfect examples of the philosophy. Although advanced conventional designs (such as bullpup designs and caseless ammunition) were certainly deployed and in number.[78]

Robotics played an important role in Armed Forces operations. Sentry bots, Mister Gutsy, and Robobrains were perfected and were routinely used in operations both within and without United States (though some, like Mister Gutsy, weren't ready for deployment until 2077[79]).[80] While the resource crisis has grounded many vehicles, aircraft remained operational in at least a limited capacity. Fighter jets of the United States Navy were patrolling the coastline,[68] while the new Vertibird tiltrotor gunship/transport aircraft was undergoing development and entered limited service by 2077, most notably in the Commonwealth (Massachusetts),[81] with full-scale adoption planned for 2083.[82] Though they can hardly be considered aircraft, hundreds of orbital micronuclear platforms were also placed in orbit around Earth, to provide tactical fire support for military forces or defend the home front if need be.[83]

Combat drug use was sanctioned by commanders. In fact, to prevent addiction, many bases stockpiled endorphin blockers, allowing soldiers to use drugs freely.[84]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Insignia[edit | edit source]

Art and propaganda[edit | edit source]

United States mainland[edit | edit source]

Anchorage Reclamation[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References

  1. See this section for references
  2. 2.0 2.1 Museum of Freedom mural mentions the Sea of Tranquility specifically
  3. Museum of Technology placard: "This is the actual skeleton of Captain Carl Bell who died on May 5, 1961 after his Space Capsule crash landed. Captain Bell is credited as being the first human in space on board the Space Capsule Defiance 7, but this has been constantly refuted by both the Soviet Union and China. Defiance 7's flight lasted for a total of 12 minutes and 7 seconds as it achieved one full revolution around the Earth. Donated by Edwina Bell."
  4. Museum of Technology placard: "On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II Lunar Lander "Valiant 11" became the very first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon. The Valiant 11's crew consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris and Captain Michael Hagen of the USSA. We salute these brave and noble men who took the very first steps on a planetary body other than our own."
  5. Delta IX Rocket, Delta IX Rocket Information: "The Delta IX Rocket, commissioned by the USSA in 2020, was the last of the manned rockets that sent our brave American Astronauts to the moon. The Delta IX was in use for almost 15 years before being converted for military use and having the crew and instruments sections replaced with a nuclear warhead. The Delta IX recorded over 77 successful launches, making it one of the most successful rockets in U.S. History.
    The rocket, developed entirely by USSA scientists, was a single-stage vehicle with an ejectable crew section or satellite storage bay. The propulsion system was a nuclear-electric derivative drive, using a massive electrical jolt to start the nuclear reaction on launch. The crew section was protected from the radioactive chambers by way of a massive titanium-vanadium disc. The spacecraft had the capability to sustain 2 astronauts for up to 24 days maximum. The longest recorded spaceflight in a Delta IX rocket was the 17-day Zeus 12 Mission to the moon."
    Note: Almost 15 years is interpreted as 14 years.
  6. Fallout Bible 0: "2051 Seeking to protect business interests and their oil supply, the United States begins to exert increasing pressure on Mexico, citing the political instability and pollution stemming from Mexico as a threat to the United States. Various economic sanctions serve to destabilize Mexico, and the United States military enters Mexico to keep the oil refineries running and making sure oil and fuel continue to make their way north across the border... at Mexico's expense."
  7. Fallout Bible 0: "2052 A television documentary into the withered husk of the Texas oil fields brings the oil shortage into the American households, and reveals how deep the energy crisis runs."
  8. Fallout Bible 0: "2052 April The Resource Wars begin. Many smaller nations go bankrupt, and Europe, dependent on oil imports from the Middle East, responds to the Middle East's rising oil prices with military action. The long drawn-out war between the European Commonwealth and the Middle East begins."
  9. Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
  10. Capitol Post newspaper Saturday, July 27, 2052
  11. Fallout Bible 0: "2054 In light of the Euro-Middle-Eastern conflict and the plague scare, the United States sets Project Safehouse in motion. The project, financed by junk bonds, is designed to create shelters, called Vaults, for the populace in the event of a nuclear war or deadly plague. Construction begins late in 2054 and proceeds rapidly due to advances in construction technology."
  12. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide inner cover: "NOTICE.––This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the New Amended Espionage Act, 50 U.S.C., 31 and 32. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by the law."
  13. Fallout Bible 0: "2059 The Anchorage Front Line is established, as the United States increases its military presence in Alaska to protect its oil interests. The Anchorage Front Line causes tensions in the United States and Canada, as the United States attempts to pressure Canada into allowing American military units to guard the Alaskan pipeline."
  14. Fallout Bible 0: "2060 Traffic on the streets of the world stops moving. Fuel becomes too precious to waste on automobiles, so alternatives are explored - electric and fusion cars begin to be manufactured, but factories can only make limited amounts. Pressure on fusion research increases."
  15. Fallout Bible 0: "2060 The Euro-Middle Eastern War ends as the oil fields in the Middle East run dry... there is no longer a goal in the conflict, and both sides are reduced almost to ruin."
  16. Fallout Bible 0: "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."
  17. Terminal, Know the Signs!
  18. Neighborly letter
  19. Terminal, Intelligence Report, Yang, Wan (alias)
  20. Fallout Bible 0: "2065 August Increasing need for mobility in the United States mechanized cavalry leads the military to focus the efforts on creating a man-based tank - essentially, a two-legged walking armored unit: Power Armor."
  21. Fallout Bible 0: "2065-2067 Power Armor research grows and several prototypes are developed, many of which prove to be unworkable in the field. These prototypes pave the way for future advances in military, construction, and fusion technology."
  22. Fallout 3 E3 trailer Capitol Post newspaper Wednesday, January 13, 2066 File:Fo3 Newspaper Trailer.png, File:Teaser Newspaper.jpg
  23. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Spring As the oil resources dry up across the globe, China's fossil fuel dependency causes an energy crisis in the nation. China, bordering on collapse, becomes more aggressive in its trade talks with the United States. Unwilling to export oil to China, talks between the United States and China break down."
  24. Sierra Depot GNN transcript
    Note: As the dates do not match what is presented in the game, they have been modified to match current canon.
  25. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly thirteen years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power."
  26. Fallout Bible 5: "2066 Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly eleven years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power."
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Briefly mentioned in the Fallout Intro with no date. Date is mentioned only in the Fallout Bible timeline
  28. This date for the Chinese invasion of Alaska comes from Chris Avellone's Fallout Bible timeline. According to the Sierra Depot GNN transcript holodisk, which Avellone discards as non-canon, as it was supposedly modified by the Sierra Army Depot soldiers, this happened on October 10, 2077
  29. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter In the winter of 2066, China invades Alaska. The Anchorage Front Line becomes a true battleground."
  30. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter As a sign of increasing tension between the two countries, Canada proves reluctant to allow American troops on Canadian soil or allow American planes to fly over Canadian airspace. The United States and Canadian tensions rise, but Canada eventually backs down, and US troops pass through Canada. This sets the stage for the Canadian annexation in 2076."
  31. Fallout Bible 0: "2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinanceQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
  32. Fallout Bible 0: "2069 Canada begins to feel the pressure from the United States military as the US draws upon Canadian resources for the war effort. Vast stretches of timberland are destroyed, and other resources in Canada are stretched to the breaking point. Many Americans refer to Canada as Little America, and Canadian protests are unheard."
  33. Fallout Bible 0: "2072 The United States' increasing demand for Canadian resources causes protests and riots in several Canadian cities. An attempted sabotage attempt of the Alaskan pipeline is all the military needs as an excuse to begin its annexation of Canada... which in fact, had already begun in 2067."
  34. Liberty Prime Operation, Project Summary
  35. Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
  36. FEV research
  37. Fallout Bible 0: "2073 Sept 15 As China becomes increasingly aggressive with their use of biological weapons, the United States government felt that a countermeasure was needed. The Pan-Immunity Virion Project (PVP) is officially formed and plans are made to begin experiments at the West Tek research facility in Southern California."
  38. The Vault Dweller: "{112}{}{Tell me about this installation.}"
    ZAX 1.2: "{117}{}{This installation was established in 2055 as a biological research facility for experimental cures of the New Plague. However, in 2071, this facility was placed under United States military command.}"
    (ZAX.MSG)
  39. Future Weapons Today mentions a Marine's memoirs as a sniper in that area. Both cities are also one of the easternmost points in China and a natural choice for amphibious landings and setting up a bridgehead for bringing in reinforcements.
  40. Fallout Bible 0: "2074 Contrary to their claims of seeking only to retake Alaska from the Reds, American Power Armor units, infantry, and mechanized divisions are deployed to China, but they become bogged down on the mainland, putting a further drain on American resources and supply lines."
  41. Gobi Campaign scout rifle indicates warfare in the Gobi Desert, though the precise date is unknown.
  42. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 January 3 A military team under the command of Colonel Spindel is sent to the West Tek research facility to monitor the experiments in the interest of national security. Captain Roger Maxson (the grandfather of John Maxson, the High Elder of the Brotherhood of Steel in F1) is among the team personnel."
  43. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 January The United States annexation of Canada is complete. Canadian protestorsQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png and rioters are shot on sight, and the Alaskan Pipeline swarms with American military units. Pictures of atrocities make their way to the United States, causing further unrest and protests."
  44. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 June Power Armor prototype completed, resulting in the Power Armor players find in Fallout 1. This is the pinnacle of Power Armor technology before the Great War. Many of these units are sent to China, and they begin to carve a swath through the Chinese forces. The Chinese resources are strained to the breaking point, and the supply lines from the nations China has annexed begin to break down."
  45. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 August Food and energy riots begin in major cities throughout the United States. Military units begin to be deployed in cities within the United States to contain rioters, and many temporary jails are constructed. A state of emergency is declared, and martial law soon follows."
  46. Liberty Prime Operation, Letter: Dr. Bloomfeld to Gen. Chase
  47. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 10 Alaska is reclaimed, and the Anchorage Front Line is again held by the Americans."
  48. Capitol Post terminal entries, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  49. Capitol Post newspaper Monday, January 11, 2077.
  50. Anchorage War Memorial
  51. Operation: Anchorage
  52. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 22 The first domestic use of Power Armor within the United States for crowd and quarantine control. Units originally serving in China and the Anchorage Front Line find themselves fighting Americans at home. Food riots increase, and many civilians are killed. Several soldiers defect from the military both in Canada and the United States. They are captured, and are sent to military prisons."
  53. Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Food Riots Rile Feds
  54. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 February FEV Research is leaked to the world through an unknown source. Protests in many major cities and governments around the world, as well as accusations that the US was responsible for the New Plague. FEV is seen as the threat it is, and serves only to fuel tensions."
  55. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.43: "Chinese Army (Simulated)
    U.S. Army (Simulated)
    With conditions deteriorating between the United States and China, a military presence in Alaska was established to prevent a possible invasion across the Bering Strait. With increasingly scarce oil reserves, a last deep-sea deposit below the Pacific Ocean was claimed by China before allegedly being sabotaged by American special operatives. Strained relationships spiraled downward into conflict as China marched on Alaska, and the Sino-American War of 2066—2077 erupted. Under the command of General Jingwei, the Chinese Army usurped control of Alaska's oil pipeline and reserves. In response, the Americans began what came to be called "The Alaskan Reclamation Operation" (2067—2077).
    Under the leadership of General Constantine Chase, the U.S. Army battled fiercely to the front lines of the conflict before Chase began deploying specialized Power Armor units that began pushing the Chinese back. Future Power Armor suits were further refined as the conflict dragged on, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was reclaimed. With resources flowing through Canada, strained diplomatic tensions between Canada and the United States becoming problematic, and Canadian forces attacking the pipeline, the country was annexed.
    A combination of inclement weather, constant American bombardment and trench warfare, and U.S. Powered Armor unit attacks sweeping through mainline China, the Chinese supply lines weakened and finally broke down completely. By the beginning of 2077, the city of Anchorage was finally liberated, the Chinese eradicated, and the operation deemed a success. A commemorative memorial was erected in Washington, D.C., in honor of the soldiers who fought and perished for the greater American good. Violence between America and pockets of Canadian freedom fighters continued throughout 2077, until the Great War obliterated almost all infrastructure, commerce, and human life."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  56. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 March Prepared for a nuclear or biological attack from China, the president and the Enclave retreats to remote sections around the globe and make contingency plans for continuing the war."
  57. Sierra mission statement
  58. 58.0 58.1 Captain Maxson's diary
  59. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October Captain Roger Maxson and his men discover that the scientists at Mariposa have been using "military volunteers" (military prisoners who didn't have their brains scooped for use in Brain Bots) as test subjects in their experiments. Morale in the base breaks down, and Maxson executes Anderson, the chief scientist. Not long after this (and in light of the breakdown of the mental breakdown of Colonel Spindel stationed at the base), Maxson's men turn to him for leadership. He shrugs and says "we should quit.""
  60. The Enclave is completely absent from the mainland between 2077 and 2135, when it adopted a racialist policy denying citizenship and liberty to mainland denizens.
  61. Anchorage Reclamation simulation
  62. In Lonesome Road, the commander of the Hopeville base is an Army General, while the entire base appears to have been staffed by an operated by the Army.
  63. Internment orders
  64. Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Montgomery is most definitely a Marine.
  65. Future Weapons Today! specifically mentions a Marine sniper in China in its cover story, while Marine gear is tied to Nanjing and Shanghai in Honest Hearts.
  66. Terminal, Doe, John (submariner): "Hunter spent another session in interrogation room B with the surviving crew member from the Chinese spy sub Navy is attempting recovery on. This guy's demonstrating extraordinary fortitude for a relatively low-ranking grunt. Can't say the Chinese don't make good soldiers out of their boys. I'm sure this one would have gone the same way as his skipper if the cyanide capsule in his molar hadn't been a dud.
    Hunter requested method B interrogation clearance, so I'm putting through to Quantico for that in the morning."
    ('Quantico' refers to U.S. military installation of Marine Corps Base Quantico.)
  67. Museum of Technology placard: "This flag was recovered from the wreck of the U.S.S. Ebon Atoll, a U.S. Navy Missile Cruiser, sunk off the coast of Alaska in 2066 with all hands lost. The cutting edge vessel's loss was due to a nuclear torpedo strike from the U.S. Navy Submarine, the U.S.S. Interference during the Anchorage Campaign. The submarine mistook the cruiser for an enemy vessel during radio silence and sunk it before obtaining vessel confirmation. This ranks as one of the most tragic disasters in U.S. Naval History since World War II."
  68. 68.0 68.1 Blackbox recording: "Air Com, we have multiple flashpoints on horizon, come back? Air Command, USN Three-Five-Oh requesting landing vector. Have zero ceiling visbility and low on state, somebody get me a landing clearance. State One plus one zero to splash, have zero read on outer marker. This is USN Three-Five-Oh, I'm blind out here. Attempting Emergency Landing over water. INS pinger active on distress band. Flaps up, descent to eight cherubs. Three green, over. Five cherubs, treeline up, throttle easy on four lights. Prepping to pull the loud handle. <Static>"
  69. Terminal, ALERT: Suspected Spy (Ch.)
  70. National Guard charter.
  71. See power armor for details and references.
  72. The prevalence of the M72 Gauss rifle and PPK12 Gauss pistol throughout Fallout 2.
  73. Research Terminal, Analysis
  74. Desert Ranger combat armor and the Future Weapons Today! indicate that this was the case.
  75. J.E. Sawyer: "We often develop technology not because it's great immediately, but because developing that technology helps us move toward its potential. We've had various forms of hybrid vehicles (gasoline combustion engine + ???) around for a long time. Most of them were pretty bad and impractical. We've had biofuels around for a while, but most of those are STILL bad and/or impractical. We saw tanks developed in WW1 that were absolute garbage.
    All of those things were kind of crummy for a while, but if we hadn't gone through the stage of "Yeah... this is... okay, I guess," we would never have reached the subsequent stages. Coil/rail gun technology used to be completely impractical. Now it's reached the stage where maybe/sorta we could mount an enormous one on a destroyer and blast through a bunker with a huge slug from miles away. We're probably not going to have Eraser- or Fallout-style Gauss rifles for a while, but we see the potential.
    In the Fallout universe, I think that the military appeal of weaponry that uses a small number of more-or-less universal ammunition types would be great. Today, we have NATO standards so that allies armies can share ammunition. But what if you could use the same ammunition type for powering a sniper rifle that you'd use for a devastating close-range weapon (e.g. a Microfusion Cell powering a Laser Rifle or a Plasma Rifle)? For a military force in the field, the flexibility of that would be immense.
    Anyway, I considered the EWs in F:NV to have reached the point where they were starting to replace conventional weapons, but had not yet completely eclipsed them -- sort of like the early days of firearms, when they were still being used concurrently with bows."
    (Forumspring)
  76. Desert Ranger combat armor markings.
  77. See combat armor for details and sources.
  78. The prevalence of the H&K G11 and G11E, the Light support weapon, the P90, Marksman and Assault carbines.
  79. Fallout 3 loading screen hints: "The Mister Gutsy model of robot was commissioned by the U.S. Army just before the atomic apocalypse of 2077."
  80. See their respective articles for references and sources.
  81. Fallout 4 E3 trailer
  82. Museum of Technology placard: "This is a scaled model of a prototype military transport vehicle being developed by the U.S. Military. The XVB02 "Vertibird" is a VTOL ("Vertical Take Off and Landing") craft with an extremely durable armored fuselage and can be armored with a variety of offensive weapons and defensive countermeasures. This is the most advanced aircraft of its kind ever developed, and the military hopes to press them into service by 2085."
  83. Terminal, Log Entry #003
  84. The Chosen One: "{921}{}{What about using some kind of endorphin blocker? That would repress the chemical and psychological addition, wouldn't it?}"
    Myron: "{930}{myn132}{Kee-rist. That has got to be the dumbest...hmmmm...}"
    The Chosen One: "{931}{}{Well?}"
    Myron: "{940}{myn133}{Well...maybe it would work, but I'm pretty sure Jet would just chew right through that shit. Now wh-wh-why the hell are we even talking about this?! Wh-where would you get your hands on endorphine blockers anyway?}"
    The Chosen One: "{941}{}{You tell me, Myron. You're a bright guy.}"
    Myron: "{950}{myn134}{Maybe Vault City. They have a pretty good medical warehouse. A lot of old pre-holocaust bases also used to stock them to prevent combat drug addiction.}"
    (NhMyron.msg)
  85. Boomer flightsuit