The Enclave flag and roundel
The Enclave is a nation state built that developed from continuity of government of the pre-War federal government of the United States, frequently styling itself as the United States of America as such. Prior to the War, the founders of the Enclave operated as an informal secret organization of the same name. They comprised members of the U.S shadow government and military industrial complex. Relative to other human societies throughout the wasteland, it was among the smallest. Control Station Enclave, the single largest concentration of Enclave population in the wasteland, was home to between a hundred and a thousand inhabitants. By comparison, the largest city in the wasteland built from scratch, Shady Sands, is home to 3,000 citizens alone.
The Enclave exercises control of a number of military bases scattered across the former U.S. However, their primary strongholds were destroyed by various factions throughout the 23rd century, including their headquarters and capital in 2242.
History[edit | edit source]
Origins[edit | edit source]
Before the War, the Enclave was a cabal of powerful individuals from across the United States, including Presidents, members of the Joints Chiefs, prize-winning scientists, wealthy industrialists, members of the military, influential politicians and other powerful men and women who together formed the éminence grise of the United States of America. In the opinion of its own members, it was the greatest assembly of minds on American soil. As the Sino-American War dragged on and the risk of war increased, members of the Enclave invested into various contingency measures to survive the coming war. Funded by corporate and government money, these installations would enable the Enclave to continue waging war even after the United States ceased to exist. The most prominent of these was the presidential oil rig out in the Pacific Ocean, backed by Poseidon Oil, with the Whitespring Congressional Bunker acting as hub for future Enclave operations, covertly funded by funds embezzled from the Department of Agriculture by its secretary, Thomas Eckhart. Other facilities prepared in advance were Raven Rock and the Kovac-Muldoon platform. The ambitious nature of many of these installations limited their lifespan in some cases: The Kovac-Muldoon's reactors failed within 50 years of launching, for example.
Some members relocated to these locations in advance. In March 2077, with the world heading directly for nuclear confrontation, the President of the United States and other members of the Enclave retreated to various fortified areas around the globe. Others remained behind, only retreating to fortified shelters as the nuclear war became imminent. The bulk of them sought shelter at the aforementioned Whitespring Bunker, however, casualties sustained in the nuclear attack decimated the leadership, allowing Thomas Eckhart, the Secretary of Agriculture, to claim leadership. However, the plans were almost immediately thrown into disarray, as communications between Enclave hubs crumbled. The Whitespring Bunker was particularly affected, as for one reason or another, it dropped off the Enclave grid completely.
Contingency planning[edit | edit source]
The Enclave's ultimate plan to survive a nuclear war was simply to find another planet to live on after blowing up this one. A spacecraft designed to ferry the human race to another planet was either under construction or ready to go before the War. The plan was for the government to flee to the oil rig, and then leave in a spaceship for another planet.
The Enclave used Project Safehouse and the Vault-Tec Industries' network of underground shelters for a grand social experiment, to test the occupants in unique circumstances. However, the Enclave eventually abandoned their goal of settling on another planet, and decided to resettle the one they already had. Vault monitoring and research continued as the Vault Behavioral Project. In order to monitor the populations being experimented upon, the Enclave's oil rig possessed a great deal of equipment that allowed them to observe and control the vaults. For example, the Enclave sent the all clear signal to Vault 8 shortly after the War, prompting them to leave their Vault and build their city. These monitoring tools also let the Enclave see that the population of Vault 13 was largely intact, although this wouldn't become important until much later.
In Appalachia, following a series of devastating purges, Secretary Eckhart rededicated his isolated branch of the Enclave to the eradication of communism through any means necessary. Although his reign lasted less than a decade, it left an indelible mark on the region and brought humanity to near-extinction. In his single-minded pursuit of vengeance, Eckhart planned to use Appalachia's automated nuclear missile silos to deliver repeated nuclear strikes on China to ensure its destruction. However, due to the nature of the automated systems, he first needed to convince them that Appalachia was under attack severe enough to warrant going to DEFCON 1 again. To do so, he unleashed progressively worse horrors upon Appalachia. When he released the scorchbeasts, massive airborne mutants infected with a virulent plague capable of controlling living creatures, his already demoralized soldiers rallied against him and, in a brief, but bloody civil war, destroyed the Appalachian Enclave in 2086.
Resurgence[edit | edit source]
Although MODUS, the only survivor of the Appalachian civil war - and one of the parties responsible for the eradication of the Enclave - tried to rebuild it using Vault 76 dwellers in 2102, it apparently failed, in no small part due to the loss of external connections during the civil war and the shutting down of the Kovac Muldoon by the 2120s. The Enclave did not return to the mainland in force for decades and did not interfere with continental affairs. It was not until c. 2140 that the organization that the Enclave adopted a policy deeming it the sole remaining bastion of "pure," mutation-free humanity on Earth. Cohabitation with wastelanders was deemed untenable, leading to the decision to pursue extermination of "mutants."
In 2198, the Enclave restarted the development of new technologies, including variations of the classic T-51 power armor. The work progressed slowly and the projects failed to yield improvements. A renewed research effort into creating a next generation suit of powered infantry armor began in 2215, with President Richardson's presidential order. The project was completed in October 2220, seven months after Congressman Dick Richardson's (son of the previous leader) was elected President (on the 5th of March).
In 2235, the Enclave began its experimentation on deathclaws, with the aim of creating cheap shock troops for waging war in hostile environments. However, it was 2236 that became a breakthrough in its activities. On July 20th, 2236, Enclave scouts (re)discovered the ruins of the Mariposa Military Base. The Chemical Corps and other scientists began to scour the base, while assault squads began gathering slaves to use for excavating the base. In the process, they captured Melchior from the town of Redding. Excavations began in September. The slaves and construction crews dug into the collapsed base, removing tons of rock. Unprotected wastelanders were exposed to low levels of FEV in the ruins, released after the base self destructed and mutations began to occur. At the same time, Frank Horrigan was exposed to the virus and sent to the oil rig for study. By October, Melchior (now mutating) realized that the Enclave would execute him and the others as soon as they recovered the FEV and virus data. He began secreting away weapons for the mutants in anticipation of the confrontation. The excavations were completed in January 2237. Shortly after Enclave scientists managed to obtain a pure sample of FEV and leave the base, the mutants rose up against their Enclave overseers. After suffering heavy casualties, the Enclave forces fell back and sealed the mutants in the ruins of the facility.
Although it came at a heavy price, the sample allowed the Enclave to start research into the creation of a biological agent that would allow for killing mutants worldwide. Dubbed FEV Curling-13, after Lt. Col. Charles Curling, the leader of the project, the sample was modified and refined by the Chemical Corps into a staggeringly effective killer. The Enclave defined the project's goal as achieving a global clean sweep with a 99.5% extermination rate. In the meantime, between 2236 and 2238, the scientists experiment on Frank Horrigan. The mutating trooper was kept heavily sedated: whenever he was conscious, "incidents" occured that result in major bloodshed. By January 2239, tests ran dry and the decision was made to use Horrigan for field work. On March 27, 2239, Horrigan was sealed within power armor custom-manufactured to fit his massive physique. After a number of horrifically successful field tests, he became the Enclave's solution to a number of sticky problems.
In 2241, the project was in its final stages. Although the Enclave ran into shortages of certain critical chemicals, they got around that problem by forming a secret relationship with the Salvatores of New Reno: in exchange for laser pistols, the mobsters provided them with the necessary chemicals made in their drug labs. Final testing required representative population samples for the toxin and the inoculation against it. The Enclave raided Vault 13 on March 16, 2242; the vault's inhabitants were taken to the oil rig, so that the inoculation rendering humans immune to the FEV-based toxin could be tested. At roughly the same time, the village of Arroyo was also raided, to acquire subjects to verify the effectiveness of FEV Curling-13. By Autumn of 2242, the testing was completed and the target toxin efficiency of 99.5% was reached. 250,000 gallons were manufactured and prepared for release into the jet streams. However, hours before the toxin could be released, the Chosen One infiltrated the oil rig, assassinated President Dick Richardson and Frank Horrigan and triggered a nuclear detonation, obliterating the toxin supply and averting global genocide.
Retreat[edit | edit source]
After the destruction of the oil rig, the leaderless Enclave forces on the West Coast were in disarray. Members from other installations within New California and survivors from the rig (like Sergeant Granite) regrouped at Navarro. In late 2242, senior scientist Autumn was contacted by a new President, John Henry Eden, who ordered the majority of the Enclave forces to relocate eastwards, to the Capital Wasteland, near the ruins of the once capital of the United States, Washington D.C..
Navarro remained as a fully staffed Enclave base. However, a couple of years after 2246, the New California Republic invaded Navarro, stating that it posed a threat to the region. The NCR Army was victorious and the Enclave remnants scattered to the winds. Enclave remnants fled east or attempted to integrate into the NCR, with limited success.
Meanwhile, John Henry Eden was joined by Enclave survivors from the West Coast. Raven Rock had full manufacturing facilities and a sizable stockpile of resources, enabling the President to create an army of robots and provide his new human subordinates with military technology necessary to maintain their technological superiority. A separate line of robots, the eyebots, were created to roam the wasteland, spreading a message of hope and the return of the pre-War America, in the form of the Enclave. The Enclave maintained a low profile, rarely seen in the wasteland. Using Raven Rock and Adams Air Force Base, they slowly rebuilt their military might and even started a number of research projects to develop their technological edge, including Duraframe eyebots and Hellfire power armor.
Breaking the Steel[edit | edit source]
The Enclave began a large scale campaign of expansion in 2277, as Project Purity, a massive water purifier in the D.C. tidal basin was activated. Enclave forces raided the facility, establishing a secure perimeter around it. However, due to the actions of the Project's lead scientist, who committed suicide by activating the purifier prematurely and flooding its control chamber with radiation (almost killing Colonel Augustus Autumn in the process), they were unable to use it. The Enclave focused on shadowing the scientist's child, the Lone Wanderer, to locate the part necessary for the purifier to function and captured them on their way out of Vault 87. With the Garden of Eden Creation Kit in their possession, the Enclave decided to activate the purifier. Colonel Augustus Autumn openly defied the President's plan to contaminate the water with modified FEV, so that it'd cleanse the wasteland. The Colonel instead wanted to use the purifier as a way to unite the wasteland and establish the Enclave as its saviors.
The Enclave's attempts were stopped by a sudden raid by Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel. A pre-War war machine code-named Liberty Prime, assisted by the Lyons' Pride and the Lone Wanderer, carved a swathe through the Enclave's fortifications, killing the droves of soldiers that manned them, and destroying a large number of Vertibird gunships that the Enclave called in as reinforcements. The battle ended in a success for the Brotherhood, who proceed to lay claim to the now-active purifier. The ultimate fate of Colonel Augustus Autumn, present at Project Purity during the raid, remains unknown.
The Brotherhood used Liberty Prime in several other attacks against the Enclave, including the raid on Raven Rock. With their last major facility in the Capital Wasteland destroyed, the Enclave was forced to flee. Regrouping at the mobile base crawler at Adams AFB, the Enclave formulated a counter attack plan. The Brotherhood was lured to the satellite relay station. As usual, they spearheaded the attack with Liberty Prime. The Enclave anticipated that and while the war machine attacked the facility, it was destroyed by mini-nuclear bombardment from Bradley-Hercules, a weapons platform in high orbit. Robbed of their most important asset, the Brotherhood was demoralized. However, the Enclave overestimated their strategy: the Lone Wanderer managed to elude their squads and retrieve components for a pre-War weapon that would give the Brotherhood an edge in the war. That same person subsequently assaulted the remaining Enclave stronghold at Adams, supported by Brotherhood forces and their captured Vertibird. This attack culminated in the destruction of the crawler, robbing the Enclave of their last major command center.
Remnants[edit | edit source]
By 2281, the Enclave appears to be broken. A few elderly Enclave survivors eke out an existence on the fringe of NCR territories, concealing their true identities. They may have supported the Courier at the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, their final shot at glory, but it is unknown.
Before the destruction of the East Coast Enclave, the engineers at Adams AFB sent a reinforced eyebot, ED-E, to Navarro to be serviced there, apparently unaware of the destruction of the outpost some forty years prior. ED-E's programming contained a message saying that any repairs needed on the way were to be made by Chicago Enclave personnel, indicating that there may be outposts there. The Illinois license plate bolted to ED-E's side also seems to support the idea that such Enclave outposts still exist elsewhere in North America, but also that their resources may be very limited (or that at least one Enclave technician has a strange sense of humor).
Society[edit | edit source]
The Enclave has patterned itself after the pre-War United States of America, scaling down its structure to match their smaller size. The Enclave is led by a President, elected by the people of the Enclave without a term limit. The President is assisted by a Vice-President, who together form the executive branch of the government. The Enclave also has a Congress,, but there is no mention of a judicial branch. Some governmental agencies have also been reformed in the Enclave. The Atomic Energy Commission exists, but has been scaled down significantly and around 2242 was responsible simply for maintaining the oil rig's nuclear reactor.
Ideology[edit | edit source]
The Enclave claims to be the direct continuation of the pre-War United States of America. At the same time, it does not recognize anyone outside the Enclave as an American citizen, even if they were born in a Vault to American citizens and would thus hold American citizenship. Furthermore, since c. 2140, the Enclave has adopted the position that its members are the last remaining bastion of humanity on Earth. Ruling out cohabitation with perceived mutants, i.e. anyone outside its ranks, it has decided to pursue a course of extermination using FEV Curling-13, a reengineered version of the FEV-II, modified to become a catalyst for global genocide. The Enclave was prevented from releasing the virus by the Chosen One just hours before it was meant to be deployed.
The destruction of the oil rig paved the way for changes. Under the leadership of Colonel Augustus Autumn, the Enclave forces in the Capital Wasteland attempted to use their assets to bring fresh water, protection, and a plan for the future to the wasteland, believing that the American people were worth fighting for. However, internal conflicts between the Colonel and President John Henry Eden made the actions of the Enclave erratic and inconsistent. While the President wanted to pursue a course of extermination once more, Autumn considered this plan too extreme on humanitarian grounds and eventually managed to convince the AI to abandon the plan (unsuccessfully in the long run, as Eden, fixated on the issue of purity, tried to coax the Lone Wanderer into carrying out his genocidal plan).
Despite that, the Enclave maintained a network of constituency enforcement points, to enforce Enclave presence among general populace and perform compulsory genetic compliance screenings. Genetic non-compliance offenders were detained and executed. Even then, the Enclave employed at least two humans of wasteland origin (i.e. offenders of this type), Stiggs and Anna Holt. Confusingly, even people of Vault origin would have to be granted an amnesty, before they would be accepted into the Enclave.
Enclave bases[edit | edit source]
The Enclave maintained a number of bases throughout the country, with the strongest concentration of their forces historically being New California and Capital Wasteland. Enclave bases make use of the best security technologies available. Forcefields are common passive defenses, while plasma turrets and auto-cannons are common stationary defensive emplacements. Enclave patrols are a common defensive measure, including anywhere between three and five troopers armed with high powered weapons.
|Control Station Enclave||A Poseidon Energy oil rig off the coast of California, designated as presidential shelter. Became the Enclave's headquarters after the Great War.||175 miles west of San Francisco||Destroyed (2242)|
|Adams Air Force Base||Pre-War air force base, used by the Enclave as base of operations after their defeat in 2242. The mobile base crawler was stationed here.||10 miles south-east of the Capital Wasteland||Base claimed by the Brotherhood, crawler destroyed (~2278)|
|ENCLAVE Vault-Research Control||Active PoseidoNet station as of 2241.||Unknown||Unknown|
|Navarro||Retrofitted oil refinery that served mainly as a refueling stop for Vertibirds carrying out missions in California as well as a general base of operations outside the oil rig.||Coast of California||Lost to the NCR (post–2246)|
|Remnants bunker||A small Vertibird refueling outpost, used by the Devil's Brigade as storage.||Mojave Wasteland||Sealed and abandoned|
|Raven Rock||Pre-War Continuity of Government base, used as Enclave headquarters between 2242 (destruction of the oil rig) and ~2278.||Capital Wasteland||Destroyed (~2278)|
|Satellite relay station||Enclave's main communications installation, used to coordinate the remainder of the Enclave forces following the devastating defeat at the Purifier.||West of the Capital Wasteland||Lost to the Brotherhood (2278)|
|The Whitespring Bunker||Constructed using Department of Agriculture funds with the intention of using it as a future hub of operations.||The Whitespring, Appalachia||Lost during a civil war (~2078)|
Notable members[edit | edit source]
- President Richardson senior
- President Dick Richardson
- President John Henry Eden
- Vice-President Daniel Bird
- Colonel Augustus Autumn
- Colonel Sanders
- Captain Pickard
- Sergeant Arch Dornan
- Sergeant Granite
- Special Agent Frank Horrigan
- Mark Gannon
- Dr. Charles Curling
- Dr. Schreber
- Tom Murray
- A. Ron Meyers
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Military[edit | edit source]
The military arm of the Enclave also uses the pre-War US system to a certain degree. The President is the commander-in-chief, while actual command of the military is handled by the Enclave High Command. The Enclave military collectively forms the Department of the Army, which has at least two other departments: Research & Development and Peacekeeping and Recovery, charged with staffing Constituency Enforcement Points whenever they are set up in the wasteland. The Enclave has also recreated several pre-War formations. The Secret Service was reformed, tasked with protecting the government (most notably the President), though their activities will occasionally include being deployed on delicate missions to the mainland (such as silencing a Brotherhood outpost or assassinations). The United States Chemical Corps returned as well, its duties including the development of the FEV-II.
Apart from units based on their pre-War analogues, the Enclave has several formations unique to itself. The most well known are the verti-assault teams: heavily armed squads of Enclave power armor troops, widely known for their tendency to go in shooting without asking questions. They let someone else sift through the ashes to figure out what was going on. Other units include the Enclave Control Company, responsible for perimeter defense, and Enclave Squad Sigma, used for securing high priority targets. Another specialized formation are Fauna Details, tasked with handling animals used by the Enclave in their operations and experiments. Fauna Detail Charlie is one such example, handling deathclaws.
The Enclave experiments with automation in their military. Camp RHO is one such experiment undertaken under the auspices of the Army's R&D wing, testing a new R76-H3-0 chip that is a part of an automated defense grid staffed by a single officer.
The United States Navy may have been deployed to Control Station Enclave.
Foreign relations[edit | edit source]
Due to their ideology, the Enclave generally does not maintain relations with other entities, preferring hostility instead. Outsiders are considered useful only as slave labor (at Mariposa, for example), testing (FEV Curling-13) or eradication (ultimate goal). However, the Enclave is ready to make certain compromises. Such was the case with the Salvatore family of New Reno: in exchange for chemicals necessary to the process of developing FEV Curling-13, they provided the mobsters with Wattz 1000 laser pistols, giving the family an edge over their competitors.
The situation changed when the Enclave retreated to the East Coast: the Enclave established a strong presence in the wasteland circa 2277, maintaining a network of constituency enforcement points. However, rather than aiding wastelanders, they were subjecting them to mandatory genetic screening and execution, should they fail the test. It seems that the ultimate goal of Colonel Autumn was establishing the Enclave as the savior of the wastes, rather than pursuing extermination.
A large scale deployment of their forces to establish territorial control was an unprecedented change. Before the loss of the oil rig, the Enclave focused on covert operations, maintaining a low profile. This reduced their exposure and limited knowledge of the Enclave's activities. Of course, this course of action wasn't always successful. The Brotherhood of Steel became aware of the Enclave's existence around 2241. Though the Brotherhood was not what it used to be and obviously not the sole source of mankind's technology, they activated a network of outposts in the Den, the NCR, and San Francisco to monitor its activities and keep watch. The Brotherhood has kept any eye on them for decades, and the Enclave's motives have not changed in that time.
Metzger of the Den slavers also managed to tap into their radio communications with the Salvatores. Other instances involved sighting by Wright children in New Reno, Melchior Jr. witnessing the kidnapping of his father, Vertibirds flying over Redding and San Francisco, and, of course, the crash of a Vertibird in the Klamath canyon following a rotor malfunction. The Enclave has been also indirectly polluting the coasts of southern California and Mexico, causing irreversible ecological damage with effluvia from the oil rig's nuclear reactor. By 2241, beaches in the region became saturated with toxic waste and highly radiated sea life.
The tendency to maintain a low profile was present before the War as well. The founders of the Enclave, referred to as the Conspiracy, eliminated Quaere Verum, a group dedicated to exposing the shadow government, in response to them compromising the security of a top secret laboratory and stealing the MPXL Novasurge plasma pistol prototype.
Technology[edit | edit source]
Access to the most intimate secrets of the United States government and its military, the Enclave managed to preserve a large variety of advanced and prototype technologies for future use within its bunkers. The most important of these were schematics for the experimental X-01 power armor, an advanced model still in early testing phases, and the Vertibird family of tiltrotor aircraft (both VB-01 and XVB-02 versions). Combined with the automated production facilities established at their bases, the Enclave was capable of outfitting its soldiers with weapons far above anything the wasteland could muster, including standardized Mark II power armors derived from the X-01, introduced in 2220, widespread plasma and laser weapons (most notably the urban plasma rifle developed shortly before the War by REPCONN Aerospace), and, of course, the Vertibirds. Some theorized that the Enclave's technological level is a result of them using captured alien technology, but these rumors remain unconfirmed. The most exotic design used by the Enclave, the urban plasma rifle, was actually created by REPCONN Aerospace.
Enclave laboratories also possessed cutting edge equipment, ahead of anything wastelanders could muster. Apart from infrared spectrometers, chemical synthesis equipment and other advanced tools, the Enclave also possessed the necessary equipment and knowledge for conducting genetic analysis, engineering and large scale virus synthesizing. Their scientific expertise was matched by their industrial capacity: the Enclave had the ability to mass-produce next generation power armor, high tech weapons, Vertibirds, robots and more. It was also one of the few organizations to use high speed data networks, in the Enclave's case, the pre-War PoseidoNet created by Poseidon Energy.
However, despite manpower and hardware, the Enclave overwhelmingly relied on tweaking and tuning existing technologies, rather than creating new ones. The advanced power armor and the Vertibirds were both derived from pre-War designs, weapons issued to troops dated back to pre-War times, and even the Enclave's most fearsome weapon, FEV Curling-13, was fundamentally a modification of the pre-War Forced Evolutionary Virus. The only major new developments were undertaken by the isolated Appalachian branch, which experimented with directed human mutation. The resulting mutation serums proved controversial, in no small part due to their reliance on human tissue grown in laboratory conditions. Despite ethical reservations, the mutation serums were used by Enclave operatives and contributed to the brutality of the civil war that extinguished the branch.
Major defeats due to external and internal factors effectively nullified the Enclave's technological advantage. By the end of the 23rd century, the Enclave lost all of its major hubs: The Presidential oil rig, Whitespring, Raven Rock, Adams AFB, and Navarro. However, even without their homes, the Enclave remnants still possess their power armor, heavy weapons and Vertibirds. However, even before their defeats, the Enclave was largely outpaced in terms of technological refinement by the Institute. The Commonwealth nation of scientists has achieved numerous breakthroughs, not the least of which is the creation of a vast underground habitat with a superior quality of life and amount of space compared to the confined spaces of Enclave strongholds it still clinged to in the 23rd century.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Before deciding upon the "E surrounded by stars" insignia designed by J.E. Sawyer for Simple, Bethesda used a different set of insignia:
A later logo used in Simple
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Enclave serves a major role in Fallout 2 and Fallout 3, it also makes a minor appearance in Fallout: New Vegas with the Enclave Remnants. It does not appear in Fallout 4 and is only mentioned a handful of times in the game, usually in reference to the previous game's storyline. It is also mentioned in the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor. In Fallout 76 it is a distinct faction that the players join during the main storyline.
- It is mentioned in Fallout Shelter with the mention of their controlled Deathclaw.
- A lost Enclave patrol team was to have appeared in Black Isle's canceled Fallout 3. The Enclave is also frequently mentioned in the Fallout Bible.