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United States Army
Fo4 Army Seal.png
Seal of the United States Army
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 MembersCpt. Roger Maxson
Lt. Thomas Morgan
Pvt. Elliott Tercorien
Dr. Adrienn Adami
Territory
HeadquartersPentagon (defunct)
Notable Locations
Facilities and installations
Relations and associations
ParentUnited States Armed Forces
Child Entities
Related EntitiesBrotherhood of Steel
Enclave
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The United States Army was the largest armed force of the United States of America. It is organized under the Department of the Army, responsible for conducting its affairs and regulating its operations. The Department itself is part of three agencies constituting the Department of Defense. 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]

History[edit | edit source]

Main: Pre-Divergence history of the United States Army

The United States Army is a direct descendant of the Continental Army created to defend the fledgling nation, although its 21st century history would put it rather far from its republican roots. By mid-century, it was an incredibly powerful tool of a blatantly imperialist state, used when economic pressure could not achieve its political goals.

2050-2059[edit | edit source]

The first known example of the Army acting in this capacity came in 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.[2] Not long afterwards, rising oil prices worldwide bankrupted smaller nations and led to the European Commonwealth declaring war on the Middle East; the United States was severely affected by the skyrocketing prices of oil. In subsequent years, this would become known as the beginning of the so-called Resource Wars,[3] exacerbated by the dissolution of the United Nations in July that ensured no international body would exist to mediate between nations or enforce international treaties, allowing for unrestricted use of military force..[4][5]

Against the backdrop of an increasingly worsening international situation, including nuclear exchanges in the Middle East and the Euro-Middle Eastern War, the United States stepped up its efforts 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. A side effect of this decision was the escalation of tensions with Canada, as the United States Army demanded the ability to station troops on Canadian soil, in an effort to protect the Alaskan pipeline.[6]

2060-2069[edit | edit source]

A year later, in 2060, available fuel reserves were on the brink of depletion worldwide.[7] The problem was further emphasized by the collapse of the European Commonwealth and the Middle East oil powers, as the oil fields were exhausted.[8] Together with a deteriorating economy and worsening social climate, the United States began to crack.[9] The Third Red Scare was a response to the increased hostility of the People's Republic of China, primarily its intelligence operations on American soil, and pervasive propaganda that blamed the nation's problems on Communist foes.[10]

The Army was particularly affected by the fuel shortages, as its vehicle fleets became crippled by fuel shortages. In response, the United States Army initiated a research program to develop power armor in 2065.[11] Although no prototype proves itself to be workable in the field, intense research, development, and prototyping paved the way for future advances in military, construction, and most importantly, cold fusion technology.[12] The military would continue research in other areas continues as well, including more powerful nuclear weapons.[13]

These advances would prove crucial for the Army in the near future. Spring of 2066 was the turning point in history, as oil resources dried up across the globe causing an energy crisis in China. Bordering on collapse, the Communist state aggressively pursued a trade agreement with the United States to export crude oil to the Asian superpower. The talks eventually broke down,[14] culminating 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.[15] Adding further insult was the public announcement of the development of the first crude fusion cell, an offshoot of the power armor project, in summer.[16][17]

In winter of 2066, China launched an invasion of Alaska to seize its natural resources and stave off collapse. This daring, trans-Pacific military operation began the Sino-American War, the last war the United States would ever fight.[18][19][20] The initial invasion overwhelms American defenders. Military units of the Army and other branches of the military find themselves reeling from the initial attack, retreating on all fronts well into 2067, despite the Canadian government backing down and acquiescing to American demands for transfer rights through Canadian territory at the end of 2066.[21] It isn't until the first suits of T-45 power armor are pressed into production that the Chinese thrust into the nether regions of America is slowed and halted. 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.[22]

The war continued, with the Army and other branches liberally drawing on Canadian natural resources to support its war effort. Protests from Ottawa are routinely ignored as Canada becomes little more than Little America: A colony of the last superpower on the continent.[23]

2070-2077[edit | edit source]

The Army outright occupies Canada in 2072, as rioting and protests in Canadian cities culminate in a sabotage attempt of the Alaskan pipeline. Army troops march north, opening a second front: Fighting against Canadians.[18][24]

On the domestic front, the Army deepens its ties with the corporate world, as its robotics program develops. The Army commissions RobCo Industries and General Atomics International, long-time suppliers of combat robots to the military, to create most powerful combat robot in the history of warfare. Its mission? To liberate Anchorage, Alaska from Chinese occupation. 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.[25] 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.[26]

Not all companies were lucky enough to be commissioned. For example, in 2071, the West Tek Research Facility was put under Army command,[27] which would oversee the development of a Pan-Immunity Virion from 2073. The research would eventually evolve into the Forced Evolution Virus project.[28][29]

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. 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.[30] Ambitious flanking maneuvers such as the Gobi Campaign,[31] and the Yangtze Campaign, where U.S. Marines rapidly overran Shanghai and Nanjing, did little to tip the scales in favor of American forces.[32] As late as 2077, American troops would struggle to control supply routes, forcing permanent garrisons in remote locales such as Mambajao in the Philippines.[33]

By 2076, the war had raged for a decade. Both China and the United States were nearing exhaustion. In January, the Army stationed a permanent garrison at West Tek's research facility in California to ensure that the Forced Evolution Virus project (a super-soldier program that emerged from PVP development) remained safe from international espionage. Dogs and chimpanzees are the first test subjects, paving the way for future development.[34] Outside the nation's borders, the annexation of Canada completes later in the month. Its provinces remain under martial law - all protesters and rioters are shot on sight. Atrocities committed by the Army quickly made their way stateside, fermenting anti-governmental sentiment.[18][35]

Later that year, the Army gained a decisive advantage. The T-51 power armor finally completed testing with the Corps of Engineers in June, giving the American soldier the tool they needed to confront the Chinese. Next generation power armor was rapidly manufactured and provided to mechanized cavalry units. Sent to the Alaskan and Chinese fronts, they carve 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.[36] However, the Washington regime did not fare any better. In August, food and energy riots started in urban centers across the United States. A state of emergency and eventually martial law was declared, with Army being deployed on the domestic front to fight their own countrymen.[37] Demoralized troops behave like thugs towards their own countrymen.[38]

The counterpoint to this disastrous turn of events came in early 2077, as the Anchorage Reclamation ended with a decisive American victory on January 10, after a final offensive spearheaded by T-51 power armor units adapted to the cold environment penetrated Chinese defenses around Anchorage. Despite the embarrassment of the Liberty Prime project, which failed to produce a working weapon for use in Anchorage,[39] General Constantine Chase was credited with the victory.[40][41][42] 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.[43][44] 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 tested the loyalty of soldiers and desertions started to occur. Captured deserters were imprisoned or sent to feed the Army's newest Robobrain development program.[45][46]

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.[47][48] 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.[49] After a decade of war, there was no end in sight. Billions of dollars and thousands of casualties were spent in vain.[50] To bolster the offensive, bases across the United States were sealed and troops redeployed to provide more men for the meat grinder.[51]

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.[52] The United States was 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 was no response – the chain of command ceased to exist.[53][54]

Finally, nuclear weapons were launched on October 23, 2077. Within two hours, the United States ceased to exist as a nation, its cities vaporized in nuclear fireballs.[53] 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.[55]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Although the United States Army ceased to exist alongside the nation it formally served (and actually controlled), it 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]

Main article: Structure of the United States Army on Wikipedia

The United States Army was structured much like it was in the 20th century. Theater commands, like the Pacific Command (USPACOM),[56] encompassed Armies, divisions, and their constituent battalions, regiments, and so on and so forth. Known units include the 708th Infantry Division, 108th Infantry Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, or the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.[57]

The Army also included a number of additional divisions responsible for specialized fields of expertise, including:

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Personal[edit | edit source]

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.[58]

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[59]), the United States Armed Forces were entering a stage where laser and plasma weapons were issued to soldiers in the field, slowly replacing conventional firearms. While many continued to be developed and tested,[60] production models like the Wattz 2000 laser rifle or the modular AER-9 were issued to frontline troops in China and Alaska.[61][62] The weapons have not yet managed to eclipse conventional armaments, but provided a significant edge to United States forces, thanks to the versatility 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.[63]

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 suits reserved for frontline use in China[64] or sensitive areas on the domestic front.[65] 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.[66]

Robotics and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Robotics played an important role in Army operations. Apart from sentry bots, – designed originally for what else, sentry duties – used to carry heavy weapons into combat on a semi-autonomous unit,[67] the Army also employed a variety of other robotic materiel. Among the materiel were Protectrons, the more advanced Mister Gutsy robots (militarized versions of the popular Mister Handy utility robot), which entered service in 2077,[68] and the Assaultron. This RobCo design was built as a frontline wartime combatant. Fast and deadly at close range, and employs a devastating laser at a distance. Some units can even employ stealth technology.[69]

With the advancement of cyber-robotics came the development of the Robobrain. Developed shortly before the war by GAI, the Robobrain was uniquely designed to accept brains as its central processor. They were intended to be a multipurpose platform, with such duties as to command units of robots, interrogation, and to fill tactically proficient combat roles.[70]

Despite the continuing resource crisis, the Army continued to field its extensive vehicle fleet. Infantry fighting vehicles were commonly used on the domestic front, to contain riots and secure evacuations,[71] while heavy tanks provided the firepower necessary on the frontlines. Many of these vehicles would later be used for emergency relief operations, until they inevitably broke down or were abandoned by deserting soldiers.[72] The biggest asset of the Army was the VB-01 Vertibird transport VTOL, enhancing the mobility of power armor units.[73] A new and improved VB-02 Vertibird tiltrotor gunship was in development by 2077, with full-scale adoption planned for 2083.[74] Lastly, 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.[75]

Combat drugs[edit | edit source]

Combat drug use was sanctioned by commanders. In fact, to prevent addiction, many bases stockpiled endorphin blockers, allowing soldiers to use drugs freely.[76]

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. 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."
  3. 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."
  4. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
  5. Capitol Post newspaper Saturday, July 27, 2052
  6. 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."
  7. 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."
  8. 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."
  9. Fallout Bible 0: "2062 Despite quarantine measures, the New Plague continues to spread, fueling national paranoia."
  10. Turtledove Detention Camp terminals; Terminal, Intelligence Report, Yang, Wan (alias)
  11. 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."
  12. 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."
  13. Fallout 3 E3 trailer Capitol Post newspaper Wednesday, January 13, 2066 File:Fo3 Newspaper Trailer.png, File:Teaser Newspaper.jpg
  14. 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."
  15. 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.
  16. 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."
  17. 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."
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Briefly mentioned in the Fallout Intro with no date. Date is mentioned only in the Fallout Bible timeline
  19. 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
  20. Fallout Bible 0: "2066 Winter In the winter of 2066, China invades Alaska. The Anchorage Front Line becomes a true battleground."
  21. 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."
  22. 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."
  23. 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."
  24. 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."
  25. Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Project Summary
  26. Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
  27. 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)
  28. FEV research
  29. 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."
  30. 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."
  31. Gobi Campaign scout rifle indicates warfare in the Gobi Desert, though the precise date is unknown.
  32. 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.
  33. 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)
  34. 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."
  35. 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."
  36. 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."
  37. 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."
  38. Boston Bugle terminals; Boston Bugle Article Terminal, Article 3
  39. Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Letter: Dr. Bloomfeld to Gen. Chase
  40. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 10 Alaska is reclaimed, and the Anchorage Front Line is again held by the Americans."
  41. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  42. Capitol Post newspaper Monday, January 11, 2077.
  43. Anchorage War Memorial
  44. Operation: Anchorage
  45. 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."
  46. Capitol Post terminals; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Food Riots Rile Feds
  47. Fort Strong terminals; General Brock's Terminal, General Brock's Report - June 2076
  48. 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)
  49. 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)
  50. Boston Bugle building terminals; Boston Bugle Article Terminal, Article 2
  51. Sierra mission statement
  52. 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."
  53. 53.0 53.1 Captain Maxson's diary
  54. 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.""
  55. 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.
  56. Switchboard terminals; Research Terminal, > Section 1091/1092 Report
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 57.4 57.5 57.6 57.7 See respective articles for references.
  58. See power armor for details and references.
  59. The prevalence of the M72 Gauss rifle and PPK12 Gauss pistol throughout Fallout 2.
  60. Fort Independence terminals; Research Terminal, Analysis
  61. Desert Ranger combat armor and the Future Weapons Today! indicate that this was the case.
  62. Fallout 4 intro
  63. 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)
  64. Desert Ranger combat armor markings.
  65. See combat armor for details and sources.
  66. The prevalence of the H&K G11 and G11E, the Light support weapon, the P90, Marksman and Assault carbines.
  67. How the Strike team sentry bot was utilized in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation.
  68. 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."
  69. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "The Assaultron robot was constructed by RobCo and sold to the U.S. military as a frontline wartime combatant. It is fast and deadly at close range, and employs a devastating laser at a distance. Some units can even employ stealth technology."
  70. See Robobrain for references and sources.
  71. Infantry fighting vehicle appearances in Fallout 4.
  72. Tanks and IFVs in Fallout 4. Evidence of cleanup operations is present for example in the swamp right outside Sanctuary Hills.
  73. See the VB-01 Vertibird article for details.
  74. 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."
  75. SatCom array NW-05a terminals; Terminal, Log Entry #003
  76. 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)
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