Shady Sands

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Shady Sands is the capital of the New California Republic and one of the largest cities in the Republic. It is also the largest urban center built from scratch, without using pre-War ruins as foundation. Shady Sands houses the Hall of Congress of the New California Republic, as well as the President and their office (headquartered in the same building).

History[edit | edit source]

Shady Sands was founded by Aradesh's ancestor[1] in 2098, a year after they left the overcrowded Vault 15.[2][3][4] The settlement was jump-started using the G.E.C.K., allowing for adobe buildings from sandcrete and rudimentary agriculture to be set up.[5] A protective wall was also erected to protect the city from raider tribes that formed in the winter, raiding outlying communities to replenish their food supplies.[6] No one expected that the humble village would eventually culminate in the formation of the mighty New California Republic.[7]

Shady Sands[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shady Sands (Fallout)
Shady Sands in 2161

By 2161, it was a small but thriving settlement, completely self-sufficient, as they managed to irrigate the wasteland soil to support crops (primarily maize and cabbage), drill a well to provide them with water, and even establish brahmin herds. Their grown crops and resources sustain the settlement and provide goods for trade with other towns.[8]

The settlement kept mostly to itself, trading with the occasional merchant from Junktown.[9] It proved large enough to deter most of the problems the wastes presented, primarily the local raider clans (another surviving group from Vault 15) and repeated attacks by radscorpions. Both of these threats slowly escalated, as radscorpions became more numerous and aggressive, while the raiders constantly focused their strength and numbers on the fledgling township.

These problems were alleviated by the Vault Dweller, who discovered the settlement en route to Vault 15. Initially distrusting of the stranger, the inhabitants quickly warmed up to the hero as they successfully rid the community of the radscorpion threat, and later rescued Tandi, Aradesh's daughter, from captivity at the hands of raiders.[10]

Capital of the New California Republic[edit | edit source]

Shady Sands in 2241

In the period between 2161 and 2241, the small settlement grew and expanded, forming one of the most influential political factions to emerge in the post-war United States, the New California Republic (NCR). Tandi, the daughter of Aradesh, eventually rose to the title of president of the sprawling New California Republic. Following the establishment of the NCR, the township expanded rapidly.

By 2241, Shady Sands is often referred to simply as New California Republic, even if the name never officially changed.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The town has transformed from a small farming settlement into the largest civilized population center in New California, with over 3000 inhabitants by 2241.[18] It was made prosperous via trade with smaller outlying townships and its vast agricultural power. Almost nothing of the original village Shady Sands remains, only a few familiar looking buildings. The heart of the city is the Congress district, where the Hall of Congress and the Presidential Mansion are located.

It is a clean town filled with honest, hardworking folk – at least that's how President-for-life Tandi would like to have it. The reality falls somewhat short of that goal. The NCR does keep order within its walls with a large and competent police force. Outside the walls, the NCR has so far been operating through others, buying and trading for things that they cannot yet take by open force.[19][20]

By far Shady Sands' greatest resource at that point are its vast herds of brahmin, which provide most of the NCR with as much meat and leather as is required. The brahmin barons and ranchers in NCR territories, along with the Stockmen's Association, hold a great deal of sway with the trade caravans and government.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Shady Sands appears in Fallout and in Fallout 2 and is mentioned in Fallout 3,[21] Fallout: New Vegas[22], Fallout 4[23] and the Fallout Bible.

References[edit source]

  1. The Vault Dweller: "{108}{}{Tell me a bit about the town.}"
    Jarvis: "{111}{}{Well, Shady Sands was founded by a great ancestor of our current leader, Aradesh. He could tell you more of the story. We have a well and irrigation, so we do well for ourselves.}"
    (JARVIS.MSG)
  2. Fallout Bible 0:
    Fallout Bible 3 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2122 Spring Shady Sands founded, wall erected against the raiders."
    Note: The date presented by Chris Avellone in the timeline draft is incorrect. Shady Sands is specifically stated to have been founded by Aradesh's ancestor in the game. If it was founded in 2141, then Aradesh would be the founder. There is also no mention of the people of Shady Sands coming out of a Vault, which is inconsistent with the relatively recent founding date. Finally, as the Vipers, Jackals, and Khans emerged out of Vault 15 together, it's impossible for them to raid the Hub in 2125, sixteen years before their emergence. The date is based on the Vipers design document, which states the following: "64 years ago [in 2097], a man named Jonathan Faust led his group of about 200 people from the overcrowded Vault into the wastes of the outside. It was there that his small band came to a small oasis in the middle of the desert.'"
  3. The Vault Dweller: "{130}{}{Tell me about yourself.}"
    Katrina: "{137}{}{My life was very boring. I was raised in a Vault. I lived there for many years. Unfortunately, we were crowded and life was very bad. There was a schism, and many people left, taking with them the best equipment. Still, some of us tried to stay in the Vault. But then we were attacked. I was hurt, and I ended up here. Now I try to help people . . .}"
    (SSGUIDE.MSG)
  4. Fallout Bible 0:
    Fallout Bible 3 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2141 Spring Vault 15 opened."
    Note: The date presented by Chris Avellone in the timeline draft is incorrect. Shady Sands is specifically stated to have been founded by Aradesh's ancestor in the game. If it was founded in 2141, then Aradesh would be the founder. There is also no mention of the people of Shady Sands coming out of a Vault, which is inconsistent with the relatively recent founding date. Finally, as the Vipers, Jackals, and Khans emerged out of Vault 15 together, it's impossible for them to raid the Hub in 2125, sixteen years before their emergence. The date is based on the Vipers design document, which states the following: "64 years ago [in 2097], a man named Jonathan Faust led his group of about 200 people from the overcrowded Vault into the wastes of the outside. It was there that his small band came to a small oasis in the middle of the desert."
  5. The Chosen One: "{117}{}{Do you have a GECK?}"
    Mikey Frazier: "{119}{}{A GECK? Well, that's old history, so what the hell. You mean the old Garden of Eden Kit. We had one - I mean our grandparents had one. Used it when they came out of Vault 15. Got this place started, they say. It's all used up now.}"
    (Scmikey.msg)
  6. Fallout Bible 0:
    Fallout Bible 3 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2141 Winter Raiders begin to form in the region as food supplies run low. The Khans and the Vipers begin terrorizing local settlements."
    Note: The date presented by Chris Avellone in the timeline draft is incorrect. Shady Sands is specifically stated to have been founded by Aradesh's ancestor in the game. If it was founded in 2141, then Aradesh would be the founder. There is also no mention of the people of Shady Sands coming out of a Vault, which is inconsistent with the relatively recent founding date. Finally, as the Vipers, Jackals, and Khans emerged out of Vault 15 together, it's impossible for them to raid the Hub in 2125, sixteen years before their emergence. The date is based on the Vipers design document, which states the following: "64 years ago [in 2097], a man named Jonathan Faust led his group of about 200 people from the overcrowded Vault into the wastes of the outside."
  7. The Chosen One: "{127}{}{Ever hear of a GECK?}"
    Slave overseer: "{138}{}{GECK, eh? Back when I was studying Vault tech, I read about those. Supposedly every vault got one and it was supposed to be the first thing used once a vault got opened. They say that's how Shady Sands got its start - from a GECK. That help at all?}"
    The Chosen One: "{139}{}{You studied vault tech? Impressive. Say, I got some more questions for you.}"
    (Scslvovr.msg)
  8. The Vault Dweller: "{117}{}{I want to know about this place.}"
    Seth: "{124}{}{Shady Sands is a peaceful community. We have our own irrigation system, so we can grow our own food. If we were not plagued with raiders and Radscorpions, we would have no problems.}"
    (SETH.MSG)
  9. The Vault Dweller: "{1009}{}{Junktown}"
    Aradesh: "{1109}{Ara_60}{Junktown is south of here. Their merchants occasionally come to trade, but not often.}"
    (ARADESH.MSG)
  10. The Chosen One: "{241}{}{I'd like to hear your story.}"
    Tandi: "{242}{tand29}{Figures. (sigh) Well, I was pretty young when we met. There was a gang of raiders - The Khans - Who'd gotten hold of me. Things were looking pretty bad when, all of a sudden, this stranger shows up and rescues me. Your Vaultdweller.}"
    (Shtandi.msg)
  11. The Chosen One: "{164}{}{Is this the Shadeesands the Elder speaks of?}"
    Tandi: "{248}{tand31}{Was Shady Sands; Most folks call it NCR now. New California Republic - pretty impressive name, huh?}"
    (Shtandi.msg)
  12. Tandi: "{278}{tand38}{I'm Tandi, president of the New California Republic. Welcome to Shady Sands. I hear some pretty impressive things about you. No point in dancing. Got some business I want to discuss.}"
    (Shtandi.msg)
  13. The Courier: "You remember everyone who passes through here?"
    Sterling: "Got a good memory for faces. Landmarks and such, too. Comes with practice, that's all. And a lot of scoutin' from place to place. I reckon I've walked every inch of ground between Shady Sands and the Colorado... or close enough to make a man's feet plenty sore."
    (Sterling's dialogue)
  14. Crimson Caravan invoice
  15. The Courier: "What's the Thaler Act?"
    Trent Bascom: "Something the politicians back in Shady Sands came up with. They pay us to move here and farm the land. They even protect the fields."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  16. The Courier: "Do you have a problem with the NCR?"
    Tom Anderson: "I don't go looking for fights with them, but they don't have the best interests of people in mind. Certainly not locals. The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  17. The Courier: "Are you a scientist?"
    Angela Williams: "I know I don't sound the part. Get raised by brahmin ranchers, and you never lose the twang. Drives Hildern crazy. But I know every inch of the power grid from Hoover Dam to Shady Sands. That's what we do here - try to optimize the power output from the Dam. Some of the others are working on an agricultural project, but... truth be told, they aren't making much progress. Not yet, anyway."
    (Angela Williams' dialogue)
  18. The Chosen One: "{106}{}{I'm new to NCR. What can you tell me about your town?}"
    Karl (NCR): "{114}{}{This is NCR, capitol of the New California Republic. Population 3000 and growing. No slavery, no gambling, no drugs. President is Mrs. Tandi, my boss is Sheriff Dumont. That answer your questions?}"
    (Sckarl.msg)
  19. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.190: "The NCR is a clean town filled with honest, hardworking folk—at least that's how President-for-life Tandi would like to have it. The reality falls somewhat short of that goal. The NCR does keep order within its walls with a large and competent police force. Outside the walls, the NCR has so far been operating through others, buying and trading for things that they cannot yet take by open force."
  20. Vault Dweller's memoirs "Life on the Outside
    My first few days were harrowing to say the least. I fought off some giant mutant rats that were more interested in eating me than they should have been.
    My only clue was the location of another Vault, number 15. I spent a couple of days stumbling through the desert before I came upon a small settlement. I stopped there for help, and encountered the little town called Shady Sands. I helped them, and they helped me. Understand that survival requires that you work together, even with people you may not trust. I did earn the trust, however, of two prominent citizens of Shady Sands - Tandi, and her father, Aradesh."
  21. On GNR Part 2: Super mutant Mayhem; Argyle mentions a "Shady Sands Shuffle" as he slides live grenades into the pockets of hostile super mutants
  22. Several NCR soldiers state that Shady Sands is their home town. Mentioned by Missionary during G.I. Blues quest.
  23. CASE: The Mysterious Stranger
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