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Sino-American War
USA Flag Pre-War.pngFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg
USA flag (left) and Chinese flag (right)
Overview
LocationNorth America/Asia:
DateWinter 2066 - October 23, 2077
ResultMutual destruction
Involved parties
United States of AmericaPeople's Republic of China
Leader
General Constantine Chase
General Buzz Babcock
General Jingwei
Forces
United States Armed ForcesPeople's Liberation Army
Connected events
Part of:
Resource Wars
Previous:
United States invasion of Mexico
Next:
Great War
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The Sino-American War was a war involving the People's Republic of China and the United States as the two superpowers clashed in a struggle to control the last remaining resources on Earth. The two key participants and their client states and annexed nations engaged in total war against each other, as both civilian and military resources were harnessed to achieve victory over the other side, in a struggle that was as much about resources as it was about ideology. The war was marked by atrocities on both sides, both against foreign and domestic populations, steady escalation of hostilities up to and including the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, and gradual transition of both states into totalitarian dictatorships no different from each other.

Resource shortages made this a war of position, rather than maneuver. Trench warfare was common, particularly in Alaska, and until new models of power armor were introduced into the fray by United States forces, stalemates were extremely common. Another distinguishing characteristic is that the Sino-American War remains the most destructive war in human history. The Great War that was the final act of the Sino-American War resulted in unprecedented casualties among soldiers and civilians alike, due to the deployment of nuclear weapons on a global scale. The Sino-American War can be therefore understood as the war that ended the Old World.

Background[edit | edit source]

The United States felt the bite of resource shortages, though its reliance on nuclear power for energy lessened the impact, allowing the American Dream to continue.

The immediate cause of the war were resource shortages. In 2060, available fuel reserves ran out worldwide. Traffic on the streets died as fuel became too valuable to waste on automobiles. 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 help solve the growing needs of society.[1] The fuel problem was further emphasized by the collapse of the European Commonwealth and the Middle Eastern oil powers, as the oil fields were allegedly exhausted.[2]

The situation across the United States worsened, both as a result of the deteriorating economy, and as a result of the New Plague continuing to wreak havoc despite increased quarantine measures.[3] The federal government attempted to use the increasing national paranoia to control the situation by discouraging assemblies, fueling the anti-communist sentiment, and encouraging the reporting of subversive elements.[4] The Vigilant Citizen's Hotline was even established to allow hysterical citizens to report neighbors to the government for any behavior that could be construed as in support of communism.[5] The Third Red Scare unfolded as a response to the increased hostility of the People's Republic of China and its operations on American soil.[6] Research efforts were undertaken that could have alleviated the resource crisis entirely. The military, seeking to increase the mobility of its mechanized cavalry units, initiated a research program seeking to develop power armor in 2065.[7] Research, development, and prototyping paved the way for future advances in military, construction, and most importantly, fusion technology.[8] Research in other areas continued as well, including more powerful nuclear weapons.[9]

However, these efforts would lead to the United States clashing with 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 brink of collapse by spring of 2066, with oil fields finally drying up globally. With the United States unwilling to export its own reserves of crude oil, China had become more aggressive in its negotiations.[10] This resulted in the a declaration by the U.S. president on July 24, that the last known supply of petroleum would be used exclusively by and for the U.S., and that the U.S. would not even contemplate the selling or trading of any oil to foreign parties.[11] Adding further insult to the world-crises, the first crude fusion cell developed for the power armor project was revealed to the American public in the summer of 2066.[12][13]

In desperation, China launched an invasion of Alaska to seize its oil reserves. This daring military operation marked the beginning of the Sino-American War.[14][15][16]

Pre-War events[edit | edit source]

Invasion of Mexico (2051)[edit | edit source]

Though predating the Sino-American War by more than two decades, the invasion of Mexico was the first of the Resource Wars waged worldwide to counter the shortage of critical resources, like oil. In 2051, when the United States began exerting pressure on Mexico, in order to protect their economic interests there, primarily the crude oil supply. The U.S. deliberately destabilized the country using economic sanctions, paving the way for a military invasion. American military units seized oil refineries and infrastructure to ensure that the flow of crude oil did not cease.[17] A year later, a landmark television documentary revealed the depth of the energy crisis.[18]

War in the Middle East (2052)[edit | edit source]

Rising oil prices bankrupted smaller nations, leading to the European Commonwealth attacking the Middle East for its oil reserves; the United States was also severely affected by the skyrocketing prices of oil, which led to further imperialist aggression and contributed to the clash with China and its economy reliant on fossil fuel.[19] The dissolution of the United Nations in July marked the beginning of the chain of events that would lead to the Great War 25 years later.[20][21]

New Plague (2053)[edit | edit source]

Main article: New Plague

Another blow was struck in 2053, when the New Plague virus emerged. The virulent nature of the plague and the speed at which it had spread led to the first ever national quarantine and the closing of American borders, as tens of thousands died.[22] In 2055, the government commissioned West-Tek to develop a cure for the virus. Though no cure was known to have ever been found, the research into a cure paved the way for subsequent biochemical research efforts.[23]

Project Safehouse (2054)[edit | edit source]

Main article: Vault

The global security situation, in particular the nuclear exchanges in the Middle East, the Euro-Middle Eastern War and the New Plague, resulted in the federal government initiating Project Safehouse in 2054, which created fallout shelters that would protect a percentage of the United State's population in the event of a nuclear war or fatal plague. Vault-Tec Industries won the contract, and this massive national defense project was set in motion. Breakthroughs in construction technology allowed for these gargantuan bunkers to be constructed at a rapid pace, although Vault-Tec's status as a critical defense contractor, and the classified nature of its enterprises, lead to many instances of fraud and mismanagement.[24][25]

Anchorage Front Line (2059)[edit | edit source]

By the end of the decade, in 2059, the United States started to prepare for war, as the global situation continued to worsen. The Anchorage front line had been established in Alaska, to protect its oil reserves from foreign invaders. Canada had also begun to feel the pressure exerted by its increasingly hostile neighbor.[26]

Niagara Sabotage (2062)[edit | edit source]

Main article: Niagara Sabotage

Chinese intelligence efforts and attempts to penetrate the civilian and military sectors in the United States played a part in beginning the War. Wan Yang, a major Chinese intelligence asset, was apprehended following the Niagara Sabotage.[27]

Course of the war[edit | edit source]

Invasion (2066-2067)[edit | edit source]

Chinese airborne troops landed in Alaska as part of the invasion.

Under the command of General Jingwei, Chinese forces landed in Alaska in the largest amphibious landing in history. Carried out in winter, the landing allowed the Chinese to usurp control of Alaska's oil pipeline, derricks, and reserves, and secure the flow of resources to the homeland, propping up its economy.[14][28][29] The American military retreats on all fronts as the Chinese gamble pays off. Unable to sustain the war effort without establishing safe supply routes on land, away from the Chinese Navy, the United States pressures Canada into granting military access on land and its airspace. When Ottawa yields, despite initial resistance, the stage is set for the subsequent occupation and annexation of Canada ten years later.[30][31]

With the pressure for a functional suit of power armor greater than ever, the United States military and its contractors created the first model of power armor using available technologies. Designated T-45, it was a crude construction. However, its ability to field heavy weapons with ease greatly increased the firepower and mobility of American troops, allowing them to counter Chinese tanks and infantry. After the first suits are deployed in January, 2067, China rushes to create its own versions, but is unable to come up with a counter. The crude nature of the armor only allows for stabilizing the front. The situation devolves into a stalemate rapidly.[32] General Constantine Chase and his command of the newly formed power armor units became instrumental in stabilizing the front and even retaking land from the Chinese army.[31]

The Chinese nuclear threat was thought contained at the time, as an ideal nuclear first strike scenario (according to DIA intelligence at the time) would only succeed in destroying 41% of the American nuclear stockpile.[33]

Stabilization and escalation (2068-2073)[edit | edit source]

The war effort in Alaska continued to consume ever increasing amounts of resource. With the Chinese occupying and exploiting the resources and infrastructure of Alaska, the United States drew on Canadian resources to support its war effort. Entire stretches of timberland are destroyed as the military consumes Canadian wealth to battle the Chinese across the western front, in an eerie retreading of the horrors of World War I. By 2069, the pressure became unbearable, but Canadian protests went unheard. The entire country slowly became Little America in the minds of U.S. citizens.[34] The tensions between Ottawa and Washington culminated in a sabotage attempt on the newly-reclaimed Trans-Alaskan Pipeline by Canadian forces. Faced with open hostility and rioting in several Canadian cities, the United States responds by beginning the annexation of Canada on June 3, 2072. The sabotage attempt is cited as casus belli.[14][35][36] Somewhat erratically, the United States Army also commissioned the development of Liberty Prime, intended to be a a superweapon meant to establish dominance of the United States on the Alaskan front. However, despite significant resources poured into the project, it failed to produce usable results, only drawing assets away from the war.[37][38]

Drawn into a war of attrition in a remote theater of war, China authorized the use of biological weapons on the front. In response, the American government ordered West Tek to develop a Pan-Immunity Virion on September 15, 2073. This research eventually evolved into the Forced Evolution Virus project.[39][40] Since West Tek was effectively nationalized two years prior, the scientists had no other choice but to obey their military masters.[23]

Stalemate (2074-2076)[edit | edit source]

A missile launcher escorted through an American town.

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 Shantou through the Philippines,[41] in a counter-invasion of Chinese mainland. The American economy strained as American soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen fought a war on three fronts: Canada, Alaska, and mainland China. Neither side was willing to yield, despite eight years of constant warfare. The situation rapidly deteriorated into a stalemate, just like in Alaska.[42] Ambitious flanking maneuvers such as the Gobi Campaign,[43] and the Yangtze Campaign, where U.S. Marines rapidly overran Shanghai and Nanjing, did little to tip the scales in favor of American forces.[44] Even as late as 2077, American troops would struggle to control supply routes, forcing permanent garrisons in remote locales such as Mambajao in the Philippines.[45] The key issue at hand was the undoubted Chinese superiority in stealth technology. In 2075, the DIA even posited that the Chinese were able to develop stealth submarines, explaining reports of the Ghost Fleet submitted by field agents. The reports were buried as outlandish.[46]

By 2076, the war had raged for a decade. Both China and the United States teetered on the brink of collapse, increasing production in an effort to outdo the opponent and cutting experimental project turnarounds in half.[47] The annexation of Canada in January bolstered the sagging economy. As American units swarmed the country like locusts, its provinces were put under martial law, and all protesters and rioters were shot on sight. Atrocities committed in the name of the Union made their way stateside, fermenting anti-governmental sentiment.[14][48] The completion of the T-51 power armor model in June heralded change. After the first batch of T-51 model B units arrived in China, the new series performed exceedingly well against the remaining Chinese tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry. So well, in fact, that enemy soldiers were reported to be surrendering upon seeing these units.[49] However, the situation soon deteriorated, as executions of Chinese prisoners of war by American troops[50] combined with other factors allow the Chinese to rally and resist the invasion, even as supply lines began to break down across the board and nations annexed by China revolt.[51][31] However, the United States was unable to fully exploit this advantage, as food and energy riots broke out in urban centers across the United States in August. A state of emergency and eventual martial law was declared, with U.S. military forces being deployed on the domestic front to fight their own countrymen. The United States effectively became a military junta.[52]

Mutually assured destruction (2077)[edit | edit source]

An Army serviceman in T-60 power armor waits as his armor is repaired and weapons resupplied. Note the battle fatigue, a natural consequence of a war lasting ten years.

Through a combination of attrition, loss of supply routes, and offensives conducted by the United States across the front, Chinese units in Alaska found themselves surrounded and cut off from reinforcements. The liberation of Anchorage spearheaded by winterized T-51 power armor units under the command of General Constantine Chase marked the end of the Anchorage Reclamation, after a decade of war.[53][54][55][31] General Jingwei, commander of the Alaskan theater, was killed in action.[56]

An Army patrol moves through Alaska, seeking out Chinese holdouts.

The campaign in mainland China was reinvigorated by the victory in Alaska and the deployment of T-51 units. Army troops clad in T-51 regularly witnessed Chinese troops surrendering upon sighting them and their miniguns.[49] However, the effect did not last. As American troops pushed deeper into the mainland, Chinese resistance increased. By October, the situation transitioned from a rout into a stalemate.[57] After a decade of war, there was no end in sight. Billions of dollars and thousands of casualties were spent in vain, despite taxes and various wartime revenues ensuring the United States government has been able to fund a standing army the likes of which the United States has never before seen.[41] To bolster the offensive, bases across the United States were sealed and troops redeployed to provide more men for the meat grinder.[58]

The situation was made worse by the fact that the oligarchs ruling the United States 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.[59] The United States was leaderless, continuing on simply due through inertia.[60][61]

Ultimately, the stalemate was resolved with nuclear weapons. Pressed against the wall, the Chinese launched a nuclear first strike in a last-ditch effort to knock America out of the game. First Chinese subs were identified by the Pacific Fleet at 00:03 EST off the coast of California. At 03:37 EST, a squadron of high-altitude bombers was sighted off the Bering Straight. Six hours later, at 09:13 EST, the Integrated Operational Nuclear Detection System detected the first four missile launches and the United States went to DEFCON 2. Four minutes later, NORAD confirmation sealed the fate of the world. At 09:26 EST, the President ordered a retaliatory strike according to scenario MX-CN91. As American weapons were launched, the first Chinese nukes hit in Pennsylvania and New York at 09:42 EST. By 09:47 EST, the Great War pulled most of American facilities offline. The world ended.[62]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

With the destruction of the United States and China through nuclear weapons, the slate was effectively wiped clean. The disintegration of political and social structures would lead to the establishment of new tribes, nations, and organizations on the North American continent, including the Brotherhood of Steel, Enclave, New California Republic, Caesar's Legion, and more.[63]

Impact[edit | edit source]

See: New California, Commonwealth, Capital Wasteland, Mojave Wasteland

The Sino-American War is the direct cause of the nuclear apocalypse of 2077 and the subsequent climate change brought by the destruction of the environment and human civilization.[64][65] Many of the tools developed for war and technological breakthroughs that occurred remain in use by post-nuclear societies, and are, in fact, a major contributor to the preservation of civilization despite the destruction.[66]

See also[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. 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."
  2. 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."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."
  4. Disaster relief outpost terminals; Terminal, Know the Signs!: "Safeguard yourself and your community by knowing how to identify a person suffering from the New Plague. Common symptoms include:
    Profuse Sweating
    Unexplained Contusions/Swelling
    Massive External Hemorrhaging
    New Ideals, such as socialism"
  5. Neighborly letter
  6. Turtledove Detention Camp terminals; Terminal, Intelligence Report, Yang, Wan (alias)
  7. 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."
  8. 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."
  9. Newspaper from the Fallout 3 E3 trailer
  10. 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."
  11. 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.
  12. 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."
  13. 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."
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Briefly mentioned in the Fallout intro with no date. Date is mentioned only in the Fallout Bible timeline
  15. 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
  16. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter In the winter of 2066, China invades Alaska. The Anchorage Front Line becomes a true battleground."
  17. 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."
  18. 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."
  19. 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."
  20. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
  21. Capitol Post newspaper Saturday, July 27, 2052
  22. Fallout Bible 0:
    "2053 The socially transmitted "New Plague" arises, killing tens of thousands. The United States closes its borders and the first-ever national quarantine is declared. The source of the plague is unknown, but rumors persist that it is a genetically engineered weapon."
    "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."
    "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."
    "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."
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Vault Dweller: "{207}{}{Base Information}"
    Terminal: "{211}{}{West Tech Research Facility: Founded in 2002 as a private contractor for the United States government, the company initially consisted of two divisions--the Advanced Weapons Research and the Biomedical Sciences divisions.}"
    "{241}{}{ In 2069, West Tech was the single largest contractor for the United States government; its largest contract being Powered Infantry Armor Model T-51b. }"
    "{242}{}{In light of significant advances in 2076 by the NBC on the Pan-Immunity Virion Project, the United States Defense Department, in fear of international espionage,}"
    "{243}{}{ moved a team onto the site to secure and oversee the project, now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project.}"
    (GPWRTERM.MSG)
  24. 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."
  25. 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."
  26. 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."
  27. Turtledove Detention Camp terminals; Terminal, Intelligence Report, Yang, Wan (alias)
  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. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 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 downwards into escalated 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 had begun 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 General Chase deployed 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 as the Canadian forces attacked 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 invaders eradicated, and the operation had been 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)
  32. 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."
  33. Switchboard terminals; Research Terminal, > 2067 Jun 19: "OFFICIAL RECORD
    "P.A.M., run the 'USSR China Attack' scenario."
    > Processing...
    > Query. What goal does entity Chairman seek in this hypothetical set of facts?
    "Conquest. Run program."
    > Your answer does not logically follow. An ideal nuclear first strike scenario would still leave 59% of the American nuclear stockpile free for retaliation. Posit. You cannot conquer what is destroyed.
    "P.A.M., Chairman Cheng isn't always logical. He won't always make logical decisions. We've been over this."
    > Warning. Human variability results in a highly flawed statistical model.
    "P.A.M. Run the program."
    > Warning. Warning. <Emergency Shutdown>
    "Dammit. We've lost her. Power her down. Did we get crash logs on that?""
  34. 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."
  35. 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."
  36. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- June 3, 2072, U.S. to Annex Canada!
  37. Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Project Summary
  38. Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
  39. FEV research holodisk in Fallout
  40. 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."
  41. 41.0 41.1 Boston Bugle building terminals; Boston Bugle Article Terminal, Article 2: "China Showdown - the Atomic Ultimatum
    By Mags Veccio
    Boston Bugle Staff Writer
    War.
    Has there been any extended period of time in recent memory in which soldiers have not fought, bled, and died, all for the sake of furthering the political goals of one government or another? The short answer is "no." The longer, more terrifying answer is that we have not yet begun to experience the extent of human suffering.
    From Anchorage in frigid Alaska, to Shantou on our enemy's doorstep, American troops have been embroiled in brutal battle. They have taken and lost many lives, a nearly uncountable number. But not entirely. Because the truth is, the casualties have been countable. These conflicts, however horrible, have all been, in some inexplicable, perverted way... manageable.
    Through taxes and various wartime revenues, the United States government has been able to fund a standing army the likes of which this country has never before seen. The same is certainly true of our mortal foe, China. And with each dollar spent comes a natural accounting of how that dollar was spent. Every bullet, every bunker-busting bomb, every body bag: soon after each is used in the theater of war, we know every how, when and where.
    But the sad, obvious truth is that the days of manageable war have nearly come to an end. In the minds of the world's great leaders, those billions of dollars haven't merely been spent - they've been wasted. Because here we are, after more than a decade of constant warfare, with no clear end - and no clear winner - in sight. So really, at this point, what other option do these superpowers have, if not the nuclear one? And therein, of course, lies the rub. For when China or the United States launches its nuclear missiles, and drops its atomic bombs, there will be no one left to count the casualties, let alone the ordnance. No one left to declare victory.
    So then only one question remains: Is there any way the powers of the world can prevent a nuclear apocalypse? If there is any hope left for the world, we must believe the answer is "yes."
    But these are hopeless times."
  42. 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."
  43. Gobi Campaign scout rifle indicates warfare in the Gobi Desert, though the precise date is unknown.
  44. 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.
  45. Newscaster: "It would also appear our troops stationed overseas are experiencing some unusual weather, as well. On the Island of Mambajao the nights are cold. Unseasonably so for Southeast Asia. But for the 5th Infantry, that's as comfortable as an Autumn jamboree. All the easier for our mechanized hellcats to drive any screaming Commie meamies right into the Bohol Sea."
    (Newscaster's dialogue)
  46. Switchboard terminals; Research Terminal, > 2075 Dec 17: "OFFICIAL RECORD
    "Could you repeat for the general what you just told me?"
    > Posit. Chinese stealth technology far outstrips our own capabilities. Posit. The Chinese intelligence apparatus is sufficient to conceal large scale research operations from American operatives. Conclusion. The Chinese have a 91% chance of having conducted large scale experimentation with Stealth Tech.
    "Large scale? What do you mean? What are their capabilities?"
    > American projects involving this technology (refer to "Stealth Boy") have merely reverse engineered captured Hei Gui suits. The underlying science of this technology is unknown. So the theoretical limits are also unknown. However the so-called "Ghost Fleet" that station A-31 and B-19 reported in November may indicate that testing has already commenced with submersible vessels.
    "Dear God. You think they have stealth subs?"
    > A second order approximation is inconclusive. Explanation. The logic chain of these assumptions have too much variability. Further data is required.
    "So you can't even give me a guess?"
    > Machine/human interface aborted.
    "Sorry, sir. We're working on some of her glitches. P.A.M... well, she gets real stubborn when she's doing too much guesswork."
    "Stubborn? She's a machine."
    "Sir. With each new version, well, she's getting quirky."
    "There's no way I'm taking this stealth sub nonsense to the Joint Chiefs unless I have proof. It's goddamned ludicrous to think the Chinese have been working on something this big and we've heard nothing."
    > Virtually no actionable intelligence has come out of the Shaanxi Province for 3.1 years. However, the province reports a spike in the imports of complex polymers and other key synthetic compounds. The quantity in question is consistent with stealth technology research on the macro scale.
    "Until you can give me something concrete, I don't want to hear another goddamned word about this."
  47. Fort Strong terminals; General Brock's Terminal, General Brock's Report - February 2076: "Things are starting to heat up overseas, so Washington is pushing us to cut our project turnaround times in half. I told them that would be dangerous, but it seems like we don't have much of a choice. I've decided to split my staff into Alpha Team and Bravo Team so we can work on two projects at the same time. The manpower will be reduced, but I'm convinced that we'll still be able to maintain our new schedule. I'm going to put Alpha Team on the Power Armor and Bravo on the new M42 "Fat Man" Launchers."
  48. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 January The United States annexation of Canada is complete. Canadian protestors 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."
  49. 49.0 49.1 Fort Strong terminals; General Brock's Terminal, General Brock's Report - June 2076: "Alpha Team just shipped out the first batch of T-51B suits to the front in China. Reports are already coming in that the suits are performing better than expected, chewing through enemy tanks and armor like they were paper. Word has it that some of the enemy troops are even surrendering when they catch sight of the Power Armor troops hauling their 5mm Miniguns. Looks like Alpha Team has earned themselves a weekend pass in Boston."
  50. Execution scene in the simulation and the casual manner in which it's carried out indicate this is the case.
  51. 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."
  52. 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."
  53. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 10 Alaska is reclaimed, and the Anchorage Front Line is again held by the Americans."
  54. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  55. Capitol Post newspaper Monday, January 11, 2077.
  56. Operation: Anchorage
  57. Newscaster: "And now, our exclusive coverage of the continuing volatile situation with Communist China. Chinese forces may have finally been driven from Anchorage, but the conflict has transitioned into a frighteningly tense stalemate. With diplomacy all but suspended, and conventional warfare taking a historic toll on both sides, many have wondered if the good old U-S-of-A hasn't finally entered into a fight it just can't win."
    (Newscaster's dialogue)
  58. Sierra mission statement
  59. 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."
  60. Captain Maxson's diary
  61. 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.""
  62. Switchboard terminals; Central Terminal, DEFCON Status - 2077: "281632RJAN77 ANCHORAGE ALL CLEAR **DEFCON 3**
    230003ROCT77 COMPACFLT REPORTS 3 USOS OFF CALIF COAST, JCS ADVISE
    230337ROCT77 USAF HAS EYES ON SQUADRON OF AIRPLANES (POSS. CHINESE) AT HIGH ALTITUTDE OFF BERING STRAIGHT
    230913ROCT77 IONDS REPORTS 4 PROBABLE LAUNCHES **DEFCON 2**
    230917ROCT77 NORAD CONFIRMS BIRDS IN AIR **DEFCON 1**
    230926ROCT77 AUTHENTICATED ORDER -- RESPONSE SCENARIO MX-CN91 -- REPEAT MX-CN91
    230942ROCT77 PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK -- CONFIRM STRIKE
    230947ROCT77 OFFLINE - OFFLINE - OFFLINE"
  63. See respective articles for sources.
  64. Myron: "{726}{myn113b}{Problem is, in the new climate, we can't grow most of the veggies needed for the best drugs.}"
    "{740}{myn114a}{Couldn't grow coca plants, opium poppies -- and man did we try -- so we figured our best bet was shrooms. }"
    (NhMyron.msg)
  65. The Vault Dweller: "{108}{}{What are you doing?}"
    Curtis: "{112}{}{I am a farmer. We irrigated the desert many years ago. Although the wasteland is harsh, it is possible to grow things with patience and time.}"
    (CURTIS.MSG)
  66. See articles for sources.
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