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Greetings, martyr, and welcome! If you're here now, it means you've been offered up as a sacrifice so that your vault can continue to thrive.Vault 11 slideshow

Democracy Inaction[1] is an unmarked quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Democracy Inaction
Enter Vault 11.
Go to Vault 11's atrium and take the prepared speech of Gus Olson.
Download the Overseer password from the terminal on the upper Atrium balcony
Open the sacrificial chamber in the Overseer's office.
Survive the sacrificial procedure.
Download the two holotapes from the mainframe.
Reward: 500 XP

Detailed walkthrough

You may want to head over to Nellis Air Force Base and acquire the rebreather (from Volare!) that allows you to breathe under water before entering this Vault. The entry tunnel is filled mostly with mantises of various sizes and a few bark scorpions, and the open vault door leads to a larger entry room than the Vaults on the East Coast. A working terminal near the door allows the Courier to access an audio log with some information about the fate of the Vault. Inside at the next junction is the clinic, a dead end hallway to the classroom on the left side and a hallway to the Living Quarters on the right.

Vault 11 living quarters

Stairs lead down to a large room and allow access to the dorms on both sides and access to the security office and lower level through the remaining door. The dorms are a long series of interconnected rooms, and the only place where Vault 11 jumpsuits can be found. Another audio log can also be found on a locked terminal, with the password in a footlocker a few feet away. The security office has a decent stash of ammunition but no weapons, and what seems to be a storage room, a door with a terminal, both locked (75) in the same hallway; a mini nuke as well as more ammunition can be found within. At the bottom of the stairs opposite the Security office is the door to the Vault 11 lower level. There is a copy of Pugilism Illustrated in the female dorm, second door on the right. There is a Stealth Boy in the same room. A small cache of flamer fuel and 5.56 rounds is concealed under and behind a large immovable mop bucket in the male dorms as well.

Vault 11 lower level

This has a long hallway, and the Overseer's office on one end. This has a locked terminal and some random loot scattered around the room. The main entrance to the atrium is blocked, forcing the Courier to go down through the flooded, radioactive engineering level. It is therefore advisable to pack some RadAway and Rad-X when journeying to Vault 11. The totally flooded lower reactor level is the only way to proceed without 50 lockpick to open a door above the flooded level. There is only one air pocket in this area, so one must be careful about getting out of the flooded area alive. It is recommended to open one or two doors then backtrack to the air pocket, and with the way clear you can proceed to the next set of stairs and forward. The Atrium can now be accessed, and the Overseer's terminal password can be learned from the terminal on the upper balcony or a tape on the podium below. This level also features the Vault cafeteria, which has a large supply of food. Be careful when entering the Cafeteria as there are lethal explosive traps in the doorway. In the back of the cafeteria you will find a kitchen in which there is a gas leak and an explosive trap that is triggered upon entering, which will cause a chain reaction.

For the quest Still in the Dark for the Brotherhood of Steel, the differential pressure controller is in the middle room along the corridor of the irradiated water in a locker.

Sacrificial Chamber

Enter the Overseer's office cautiously as there is a wired trap at the entrance. Accessing the Overseer's terminal with the aforementioned password can open the chamber under the desk. This opens onto a long tunnel which is totally intact, unlike the decay of the rest of the Vault. At this point a pre-programmed voice speaks as the Courier approaches a door illuminated by a bright light. At the end of the tunnel is a room with a single chair in the center, along with a projector. Once the Courier takes a seat, a presentation will begin. At the conclusion of the presentation, hidden doors will open on the left and right sides of the room, and four robots and eight turrets will simultaneously attack the player. If you remain in the chair till the end of the film you will more than likely be killed as the robots and turrets open fire immediately. Once the automatons are dealt with, make your way to through the door that became accessible in one of the sections where the walls retracted. Access the mainframe past the door to finish the quest.


  • If you have chosen the Robotics Expert Perk then you can simply use a Stealth Boy and deactivate all twelve robots and then use the mainframe to unlock the door back out to the overseer's office.
  • Throw some pulse grenades at the side walls (before they open), and they will shock some of the robots. If you have pulse mines, they can be tossed through the walls before the doors begin to open (they actually seem to pass through an outer wall and be stopped by an inner door, but the robots will still set them off when the inner door opens and they emerge).
  • The mantises and giant rats may set off traps before the player ever reaches them.
  • On un-patched versions of the game there is a repeatable 500 XP exploit on the final terminal in the sacrificial chamber. See the Fallout: New Vegas exploits page for details.
  • The password for the Overseer's terminal is only 5 characters long, however it shows you typing in 10.

Behind the scenes

The music that was played during the walk into the sitting room to watch the film is the same music that appears during the ending film in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.


Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find it in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse