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The United States federal government was the main governing body of the United States of America before the Great War, after which elements and divisions were adapted or continued by the Enclave.

Background[edit | edit source]

Pre-War[edit | edit source]

Before the war, the Enclave 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. Its members acted as lobbyists for major American corporations like Vault-Tec Corporation, General Atomics International, and RobCo Industries. They believed that as long as the "important people" of the United States survived, they could regroup quickly and build a better world without the threat posed by China or anyone else to the American way of life.

In March 2077, the Enclave and last president established itself on the Poseidon Energy oil-drilling platform known as Control Station ENCLAVE, situated off the coast of San Francisco.[Fallout Bible 1] This location was discovered by the Boston-based newspaper Boston Bugle.[1] In the event of a nuclear war, this was intended to ensure the continuity of the U.S. government's leadership.

Post-War 2077–2241[edit | edit source]

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."[2] 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.

Fallout Bible Presidential powers accorded to the leader of the Enclave included presidential orders, that concerned 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.[citation needed]

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.[3] 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.

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, such as the Secret Service and the Atomic Energy Commission. NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is mentioned by Vice President Daniel Bird, though only as an out-of-universe reference to Dan Quayle.[4] The United States Armed Forces were present and its Enclave patrols at the Navarro perimeter also acted as a border patrol.

The judicial or legislative branches mirrored after the war is only mentioned in terms of courts-martials performed by officers of the Enclave's armed forces.[5]

Post-War 2242–2277[edit | edit source]

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.[6] 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.

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

Known departments[edit | edit source]

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Executive branch[edit | edit source]

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 the aforementioned departments and agencies with the intended goal of executing the laws of the country.

Judicial branch[edit | edit source]

  • Van Buren 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.[Van Buren 2]

Legislative branch[edit | edit source]

  • On February 15, 2075, both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted unanimously to impeach the president for jaywalking.[22]
  • 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.[23]

Known government members[edit | edit source]

Executive branch[edit | edit source]

Legislative branch[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Boston Bugle building terminal entries; Boston Bugle article terminal, Article 4
  2. The Chosen One: "{223}{}{What happened to Matt?}"
    ACE: "{224}{}{Loading sequence...}"
    Matthew "{227}{}{You and your so-called President will not succeed.}"
    Frank Horrigan: "{228}{}{Is that so?}"
    Matthew: "{229}{}{The Chosen One has come, and he will rid the world of your evil.}"
    Frank Horrigan: "{230}{}{I care nothing for your pathetic prophecies. Worse, you have become a nusiance through your meddling. That ends today!}"
    Matthew: "{231}{}{Killing me will stop nothing.}"
    Frank Horrigan: "{232}{}{That may be, but seeing your body rotting on the ground will bring a smile to my face.}"
    (ACE's information)
    Note: This is the transcript of a cutscene in the San Francisco Brotherhood outpost, at the conclusion of the vertibird plans quest.
  3. Daniel Bird's appearance in Fallout 2
  4. Daniel Bird: "{171}{}{For NASA, space is still a high priority.}"
    Note: This line is a reference to a quote from Vice President Dan Quayle, of whom Daniel Bird is a direct parody. In the Fallout world, NASA is replaced by the United States Space Administration.
  5. 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)
  6. Fallout 2 ending slide for the Enclave
  7. RobCo sales & service center terminal entries; RobCo E-601 terminal, Contacts
  8. Sign seen at Black Mountain Ordnance Works
  9. South Boston military checkpoint terminal entries; South Boston checkpoint terminal, Current Orders
  10. Blackwater Mine: Orientation
  11. The Sam Blackwell interview
  12. Posters around Zion Canyon
  13. Vault Dweller: "Who are you guys?"
    Derek Garrison: "We're what's left of the Secret Service. As part of the Treasury Department, we look after the nation's currency, as well as protecting it'sIn-game spelling leaders. When it looked like everything was going sideways, the government ordered all the gold reserves moved to Vault 79. We were put here to protect it. From people like you to be honest."
    (Derek Garrison's dialogue)[verification needed]
  14. 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!"
    (Mr Prize-bot's dialogue)
  15. Fallout intro
  16. Power plant operations.
  17. Shanghai Sally: Berkeley Springs
  18. Patriot's Cookbook
  19. H&H Tools Factory terminal entries; Alan Dalton's terminal, E-mail from Jenny DeSoto
  20. Census taker: "You may send complaints with this use of force to the Census Bureau's department of Citizen Complaint and Oversight."
    (Census taker's dialogue)
  21. Vault locations v34.129
  22. Sierra Depot GNN transcript
    Note: The transcript is a generally unreliable source of information; see the article for more details.
  23. Robot repair center terminal entries; Sector A emergency terminal, Note from Management regarding Sector B
  24. The Sam Blackwell interview
  25. Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal, Appointments
  26. Calverts
  27. Committee meeting notes
  28. Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal, Energy Meeting
  29. Department of Ag projects

Fallout Bible[edit | edit source]

  1. 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."
  2. 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."

Van Buren[edit | edit source]

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