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The United States federal government was the main governing body of the United States of America before the Great War.

This article is a summary of the known information concerning the appearance and activity of the United States' federal government in the Fallout world, and, where applicable, elements or divisions of it adapted or continued by the Enclave.

Before the Great WarEdit

Executive branchEdit

In the years prior to the Great War, the executive branch was headed by the last President of the United States, who worked with his Cabinet. It included several departments and agencies with the intended goal of executing the laws of the country.



Judicial branchEdit

  • Gametitle-VB Federal courts were closely connected to the penitentiary system of the United States. One such penitentiary, Tibbets Prison, was "committed to carrying out the judgments" of the federal courts.[17]

Legislative branchEdit

  • On February 15, 2075, both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted unanimously to impeach the President for jaywalking. However, this information comes from the Sierra Depot GNN transcript holodisk, which is a generally unreliable source of information.[18]
  • The complete books of the Library of Congress were packed in the G.E.C.K.
  • Congress was responsible for the affairs of the District of Columbia, including the District of Columbia Transit Authority.[19]

Known CongressmenEdit


  • Gametitle-VB Before the Great War, the Enclave acted as a covert branch of the legal U.S. government similar to a shadow government and intended to launch a coup d'état against the real U.S. government. Its members also acted as lobbyists for major American corporations like Vault-Tec, General Atomics International and RobCo.

Post-Great War successionEdit

Gametitle-FB In March 2077, with the United States government prepared for a nuclear or biological attack from China, the President of the United States and the government and corporate officials who made up the secret shadow government known as the Enclave retreated to remote locations around the globe and made contingency plans for continuing the war against the Chinese.[27]

The president went to Control Station ENCLAVE off the coast of San Francisco, which was later discovered by the Boston-based newspaper Boston Bugle.[28] In the event of a nuclear war, this was intended to ensure the continuity of the U.S. government's leadership and the survival of the Enclave.

Before the war, the organization served as a shadow government within the legal federal government of the United States. Members of the Enclave were military hardliners who both embraced the idea of a nuclear war to rid the world of Communist influence and knew that the common man could not survive it. They believed that as long as the "important people" of the United States survived, they could regroup quickly and finally wipe out communism, and then build a better world without the threat posed by China or anyone else to the American way of life.

The Enclave established itself on an abandoned Poseidon Energy oil-drilling platform off the coast of California that was protected from the nuclear firestorm of 2077. By 2277, there was no U.S. government presence at federal government buildings such as the Pentagon and the Capitol, as the Capital Wasteland had no central political authority or law enforcement mechanism.

The constitutional status of the Enclave's President of the United States was questioned by the Brotherhood of Steel. Matthew, their representative in San Francisco, referred to President Dick Richardson as the "so-called President."[29]

Enclave operations, 2077–2241Edit

Gametitle-FB According to the Fallout Bible, presidential powers accorded to the leader of the Enclave were as follows:

  • Presidential orders could concern military research and data protection, such as in power armor research, while presidential directives could concern the Enclave's armed forces conditioning and testing programs, such as with the conditioning of Horrigan.
  • Presidential decisions could concern major scientific projects of the Enclave connected to military actions, as seen with procuring Vault 13 inhabitants as test subjects.

The president directly controlled the automatic Emergency Defensive Systems on the Enclave's oil-drilling platform. The Vice President of the United States was present on the Enclave's oil rig.[30]

In the year 2220, Congressman Dick Richardson was elected president for his first term of four years (he would be elected to five), through the aid and political pressure provided by his father, a previous American president under the Enclave. It is not certain that, if Dick Richardson was the president in 2241, he was also the one elected in 2220, over twenty years before. However, it was possible, if under the Enclave a president could be reelected more than once to a new term.

A cabinet is mentioned in the address of the Project report from the United States Chemical Corps and the power plant operations report from the Enclave's Atomic Energy Commission. Its seat was the Executive Office on the Enclave's oil rig. The only known cabinet-level executive officer in the Enclave was the Vice President of the United States, the first person in the presidential line of succession.

There were some executive agencies present after the Great War, like the Secret Service, the Atomic Energy Commission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (also referred to as the United States Space Agency)[31] and the Environmental Protection Agency.[32] The United States Armed Forces were present and its Enclave patrols at the Navarro perimeter also acted as a border patrol.

No information about the pre-War judicial or legislative branch mirrored after the war is mentioned or provided in the games, except for the fact that courts-martial were performed by officers of the Enclave's armed forces.[33]

After the destruction of the Enclave oil rig, 2242–2277Edit

The destruction of the Enclave's oil-drilling platform off the coast of California in 2242, following the Chosen One’s assassination of the Enclave’s President of the United States, erased all trace of President Dick Richardson from history.[34] However, some broken remnants of the Enclave survived and the commander of the remaining Enclave military forces was Augustus Autumn, who had risen to the rank of Colonel by 2277.

A new self-proclaimed president of the United States appeared, John Henry Eden, from the Raven Rock military base on the East Coast in the Capital Wasteland near the ruins of Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that some of the remnants of the Enclave government had survived after the destruction of the Enclave's oil rig in 2242, according to Eden, Colonel Autumn stated Eden was next in the line of succession. It is unknown if Eden was a member of President Richardson's cabinet.

President Eden ordered Colonel Autumn to relocate the Enclave's military forces from California to the Raven Rock base, as Eden is actually a pre-War artificial intelligence permanently located in the Raven Rock base within the ZAX supercomputer unit.

According to President Eden's propaganda broadcasts on the Enclave Radio, a new presidential election was promised to the surviving people of the United States, but without going into the details for "reasons of national security." Eden also promised to surrender the office of the presidency to the winner of this election, without a clear timetable. According to speeches made on Enclave Radio, there was still some form of Congress at this time. The only person aware of President Eden's true identity as an AI was Colonel Autumn.

See alsoEdit


  1. RobCo sales & service center terminal entries; RobCo E-601 terminal, Contacts
  2. Sign seen at Black Mountain Ordnance Works
  3. South Boston military checkpoint terminal entries
  4. Gametitle-VB Tibbets Prison design document
  5. Blackwater Mine: Orientation
  6. The Sam Blackwell interview
  7. Posters around Zion Canyon
  8. Mr Prize-bot: "The Great Appalachian Sweepstakes is not responsible for paying the required gift tax. Failure to do so may be reported to the IRS. Enjoy your prize!"
    (RE ScenePS03 Robot.txt)
  9. Fallout intro
  10. Gametitle-FB 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."
  11. Power plant operations.
  12. Shanghai Sally: Berkeley Springs
  13. Patriot's Cookbook
  14. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; Alan Dalton's terminal, E-mail from Jenny DeSoto
  15. Census taker: "You may send complaints with this use of force to the Census Bureau's department of Citizen Complaint and Oversight."
    (CBZ09 Robot.txt)
  16. Vault locations v34.129
  17. Gametitle-VB Tibbets Prison design document/1
  18. See Sierra Depot GNN transcript for further details.
  19. Robot repair center terminal entries; Sector A emergency terminal, Note from Management regarding Sector B
  20. The Sam Blackwell interview
  21. Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal, Appointments
  22. Calverts
  23. Committee meeting notes
  24. Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal, Energy Meeting
  25. Department of Ag projects
  26. Gametitle-VB Maxson bunker design document
  27. Gametitle-FB 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."
  28. Boston Bugle building terminal entries; Boston Bugle article terminal, Article 4
  29. Cinematic with Frank Horrigan
  30. Daniel Bird's appearance in Fallout 2
  31. Mentioned by Vice President Daniel Bird and in Enclave off-planet evacuation plans concerned with Bloomfield Space Center
  32. Gametitle-FB In the Fallout Bible, there is an EPA branch in California with no human staff nad no Enclave presence.
  33. Arcade Gannon: "If I had to pick anyone who didn't belong in the Enclave, it would definitely be Johnson. He hated what the Enclave was doing. Day to day, week to week, he would question orders, subvert mission objectives, do anything he could to serve without serving. It's amazing he was never court-martialed. He always had good things to say about my father. Said I was like him in a lot of ways. I wish I knew."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  34. Fallout 2 ending file for Richardson
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