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In 2052, Europe was heavily dependent on oil imports from the petroleum-rich states of the Middle East and responded with military action to rapidly rising oil prices that were damaging its economy, starting the terrible global conflicts that later historians simply lumped together as the Resource Wars.
The outcome of the conflict suggests that the European Commonwealth possessed a unified military. When the European Commonwealth-Middle East War came to an end in 2060, the Commonwealth began to dissolve as many countries withdrew from the state. A long civil war followed.
Behind the scenesEdit
A prequel to the Fallout series, Fallout: Resource Wars, set in a collapsing Europe (during the European Commonwealth's invasion of the Middle East), is one of the games that J.E. Sawyer would like to make if he could do any game, regardless of money and development time.