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Washington, D.C. was once the capital city of the United States of America. The devastation brought by the Great War reduced the city to a sea of irradiated ruins, christening it and the surrounding area as the Capital Wasteland. Even two centuries after the war, it remains a lawless, violent expanse.
Built on the banks of the Potomac River, the District of Colombia has many distinct landmarks that have weathered the centuries. Since the war, the city has become overrun with super mutants, especially on the Capital Mall and its various surrounding neighborhoods. For this reason, very few wastelanders live or establish settlements in the city. Transportation throughout the city and its neighborhoods is facilitated by an underground Metro system, but these tunnels are often as dangerous as the city above.